Raphoe Feb. 22 1817


I request you will send by the bearer the map of my demesne at Oakfield if it be finished.
At all events send me the number of perches with the aspect of each wall, as I want to send this night to Dublin for the trees and shall have barely time to get them here in time for planting them this season.

I remain yours
Rd. Allott
(Richard Allott)


This old letter bears the signature of Richard Allott and accompanies many of the various  correspondence within the Collection 1750-1850.

It is dated 22 February 1817 and has a watermark of Pickering 1810.  The paper is very fine yet despite having several water stains, the handwriting is clearly legible including the signature, which allowed me to have a transcript of the content. It has survived almost 200 years.

The subject of the letter is a request for a survey of the Dean’s Raphoe residence at Oakfield Demesne, (originally the old deanery, now a tourist attraction of the Robinson family in Raphoe), with the urgency of acquiring trees from Dublin for immediate planting.

My preliminary interest was simply to establish some connecting biographical information with my immediate attention focused only on the signature.  Truthfully, I just wished to know who he was and where he was from. What I found soon afterwards were rather unusual, interesting historical facts from a wide spectrum of sources.

Eventually, to my bewilderment, I discovered that this Allott signature was even more intriguing than first imagined.  It led me to unearthing some previously unresearched correspondence between Britain`s greatest sailor hero, Horatio Nelson, with this Reverend Richard Allott D.D., Dean of Raphoe.  Truly, it was another remarkable little treasure of a find, as I progressed along the research route.