Brighton: Printed by Fleet and Son, Printers, Herald-Office, 1864.. 1864.. Good. - Octavo, printed self-wraps. 16 pages. There is foxing to the first 3 leaves & the last page with tiny black stains to the lower halves of pages 2-8. The edges of the title page & the bottom corner of the 2nd leaf are chipped. Good.
Sir Charles was Custodian of the Brighton Museum for many years. When he lost that post he sunk into poverty. One of his ancestors, Sir William Dick, espoused the Royalist cause during the reign of Charles I, losing a fortune of about 200,000 pounds sterling, including a loan to the King of more than 50,000 pounds. An act was passed, making this a public debt. However, the debt was never paid. A 132-pound annual pension was granted to William's son, Sir Andrew Dick, during the reign of Charles II, but in 1845 the pension was removed from the list.
The three claims here made on the government by Sir Charles and listed on the title page were 1) to have the public debt to the family repaid; 2) to have the family pension reinstated; and 3) to receive compensation as Baronet of Nova Scotia on the grounds that King Charles I created this Baronetcy for Sir William and granted him 16,000 acres of land together with Colonizing Rights in Nova Scotia, and that Sir William had subscribed 3,000 Scottish merks towards the plantation of this colony.
Scarce. First Edition.
HISTORY; ENGLAND; SCOTLAND; SIR WILLIAM DICK; BANKER; LANDOWNER; SCOTS; LOYALIST; KING CHARLES I; KING CHARLES II; PARTICULARS OF THE CLAIMS OF SIR CHARLES WILLIAM HOCKADAY DICK, BARONET, On Her Majesty's Government; DEBT REPAYMENT; PENSION; BARONETCY