edited with an introduction by Dr Jeremy Black
An interesting hitherto unpublished account of a visit to Portugal in 1755 can be found in the Pelham papers in the British Library. The intention of this note is to publish the material that may be of interest to modern readers. The account is in the form of letters sent by Thomas Pelham. Pelham, second Earl of Chichester (1756-1826) was the eldest son of Thomas Pelham first Earl. He was educated at Westminster and Clare Hall, Cambridge, where he graduated MA in 1755. In the autumn of that year he set off an a grand tour that was to take him to Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and the Empire (Germany and Austria) from which he did not return until early 1778. Pelham began his travels by sailing to Portugal, an unconventional course that is explained by his invitation to stay with a family friend, Thomas Robinson, Earl of Grantham, Ambassador in Madrid. Pelham's letters from Lisbon can be found in the first volume of his private correspondence, Additional Manuscript 33126.
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