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Horsebrook House
XV The Green
Calne
Wiltshire
UK
SN11 8DQ
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Telephone 01249 821121
Mobile 07739 589911
Specialists Autograph Letters, Manuscripts, Signed Photos, Literary Property in all fields, especially Royalty, Literature
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Horsebrook House
XV The Green
Calne
Wiltshire
UK
SN11 8DQ
Contact Sophie Dupré
Telephone 01249 821121
Mobile 07739 589911
Specialists Autograph Letters, Manuscripts, Signed Photos, Literary Property in all fields, especially Royalty, Literature
Sophie Dupré
Stand K05

“TOM FAGGUS WAS A ZUMMERZET MAN”

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Autograph Letter Signed on a card to an unnamed correspondent (Richard Doddridge, 1825-1900, Novelist, author of ‘Lorna Doone’), 1890

thanking him for his “very interesting piece of news. It used to be said that Tom Faggus was a Zummerzet man, though Devon was fain to claim him, & he lived at one time in North Molton parish. The name sounds entirely foreign. Perhaps his coat of arms shows some light upon the problem...”, 1 side on a correspondence card, Teddington, 20th November

Note
One of the characters in the Doone saga was Tom Faggus, a well-known highwayman in the 1600s, whose guns can be seen in St. Anne's Chapel Museum at Barnstaple. He was born in North Molton and was a respected landowner, who earned his living as a blacksmith. He was to have married a local girl, but a few weeks before the wedding, he won a gold Jacobus for the best-shod horse in North Devon. This caused so much jealousy among some people that they conspired to use the intricacies of the law courts to cheat him out of his land and smithy, and succeeded. Upset, Tom went to see his girl-friend who promptly cold-shouldered him now that he was penniless. This made him so bitter that he vowed he would make the world pay for his maltreatment. During his long career as a highwayman, he had several narrow escapes from the lawmen, but there is no record that he killed anyone. As with Dick Turpin's horse, Tom's horse is legendary and was known as the "Enchanted Strawberry Mare". Her fleetness of hoof was a marvel, and when in danger, she would get her master out of trouble using tooth and hoofs.

Condition
£575