Auction catalogue notes can make riveting reading, and Whyte’s forthcoming sale has some corkers. There’s Regency gossip, for example, in the shape of a note sent in 1811 by William Wellesley-Pole (the Duke of Wellington’s nephew) to Stephen Moore (later 3rd Earl of Mount Cashel) accepting his challenge to a duel.
Having fallen out over an heiress, the pair arranged a duel which was thwarted when their seconds negotiated a...
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