This Instrument, or Policy of Insurance, witnesseth, that whereas [The Right Honorable Archibald John Primrose...]paid the Sum of [...] of lawful Money of Great Britain, into the Capital Joint Stock of the Westminster Society for Insurance of Lives and Survivorships...
Very scarce Letterpress with wood-engraved heading, with old ink mss. Sheet 540 x 375mm, 21¼ x 14¾". Old folds.
A endowment policy for Sir Archibald John Primrose (1783-1868), MP, then 4th Earl of Rosebery from 1814, appointed to the Privy Council in 1831. It relates to his divorce from Harriett Bouverie on the grounds of her adultery with Sir Henry St. John Carew St. John-Mildmay. A high-profile court case ended with Primrose being awarded £15,000 damages from Mildmay (at a time when the norm was nearer £3,000). This agreement was to ensure the continued payment of the money owed. As it is unsigned and there is much deletion of the printed text this would be a draft of the final agreement. The Westminster Society for Insurance of Lives and Survivorships was established in 1792, the first proprietary life office. It was amalgamated with the Guardian Assurance Company in 1863.
[Ref: 16830] £380.00