Middle Hill. 8 July 1842. Two pages, quarto (23.5 x 19.5 cm), in ink, on recto and verso of a folded sheet with integral address leaf. Remnants of old album mounting strip along spine fold, including extension filling in a thumb-tip-sized area damaged when the seal (of which remnants remain) was opened. Accompanied by another quarto sheet, closely written in ink in another hand, recto and verso. Very good. Item #WRCLIT84600
Written to "Gordon Gyll [/] 82 Wimpole St [/] Cavendish Square [/] London," discussing the Hassell Family, of which Gyll was a member, incorporating on the top sheet an abbreviated family tree showing Thomas Halsell of London and descendants. Phillips passes suggestions to Gyll for further research, thanking him for a manuscript pedigree: "I thank you very much for the copy of the Ped you have sent, but if you have a lithographed copy to spare, it would be very acceptable. He further requests additional information about various families related to the Hassell line. The attached sheet of antiquarian notes in another hand relates to the Hassell family and incorporates a family tree current as of 16 Feb 1781. Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872) was the well-known, obsessive collector of books and manuscripts. Gordon Gyll (1802-78) was also an antiquarian, author of a family genealogy published in 1842. Gyll also traveled extensively in Europe and the Americas, often in the company of his friend John Davidson (1797-1836), the English adventurer who was murdered in Africa.