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Mémoires de la vie du comte de Gramont


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Published anonymously at Cologne 1713, was written by Anthony Hamilton (?1646–1720), brother‐in‐law of the Comte de Gramont, who married Elizabeth Hamilton in 1663. The memoirs were edited (in French) by Horace Walpole and translated into English (with many errors) by Abel Boyer in 1714; and this translation, revised and annotated by Sir W. Scott, was reissued in 1811. A new translation was made in 1930 by Quennell, with an introduction and commentary by C. H. Hartmann.

The first part of the memoirs, dealing with Gramont's life on the Continent down to the time of his banishment from the French court, was probably dictated by Gramont to Hamilton. The second part, relating to the English court, appears to be Hamilton's own work. It is an important source of information, but its trust‐worthiness on details is doubtful.

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