2 original autograph letters signed from Ralph Allen to his sister Mrs Beckeridge (?). Undated but her replies to him written on the back of his letters are dated 1735 and 1742

ALLEN Ralph (1694 - 1764)


Ralph Allen made his fortune when as Postmaster, Bath, he devised a system which revolutionised the English posts. He was a close friend of Alexander Pope’s, who wrote of him in his `Satires of Horace’ “Let humble Allen, with an awkward shame/Do good by stealth and blush to find it fame.” A great philanthropist, he was patron to Fielding, who used him as a model for Squire Allworthy in ‘Tom Jones’. The letters, from Bath, are to do with advising and acting for his sister on financial matters

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