Item 27 - A Burlesque on a Vale leaving Eton by H. C. Oxendon

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A Burlesque on a Vale leaving Eton by H. C. Oxendon


  • 1815 (Creation)

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The 2nd earl of Charleville was educated at Eton and then began the usual career path for the Irish aristocracy. He served as High Sherriff for King's County in 1825 and then entered into political life in 1826 when he was returned as MP for Carlow Borough. After this constituency was abolished in 1832, he failed to get elected for King's County but was returned for Penryn and Falmouth in Cornwall which he held until 1835. On succeeding to the earldom in 1835, he inherited an estate heavily encumbered with debt and spent just nine years at Charleville Forest before leaving for Berlin in 1844 selling crops, stocks and implements. His wife, Harriet Charlotte Beaujolois, whom he married in Florence in 1821, died in Naples in 1848. The 2nd earl died in 1851.

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Manuscript copy of 'A Burlesque on a Vale on leaving Eton', by H. C. Oxendon, a poem of approx 100 lines dedicated to Eton College and life for students in the college town. With annotations that explain some of the references to people mentioned in the verse. perhaps written by a classmate of Charles William Bury.

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