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A close-up of the bottom of the Bartolozzi engraving of Pitt

A close-up of the bottom of the Bartolozzi engraving of Pitt

Another perfumers bill for William Pitt, written out by John Macfarlene (my photo)

Another perfumers bill for William Pitt, written out by John Macfarlene (my photo)

Mr Bullock (Pitt's manager) to Bradshaw: for a quarters board & education for Miss E & L Williams from Michaelmas to Christmas 1797 (paid for by Mr Pitt). My photo from The Chatham Papers.

Mr Bullock (Pitt's manager) to Bradshaw: for a quarters board & education for Miss E & L Williams from Michaelmas to Christmas 1797 (paid for by Mr Pitt). From the Chatham Papers. Photo by Steph W.

William Pitt signed document

William Pitt signed document

J. Gunter Confectioner bill to William Pitt dated November 20, 1797 (Photo by Stephenie Woolterton https://www.pinterest.com/pin/266134659201219182/)

The Rt Hon William Pitt to J. Gunter Confectioner bill from November 1797 (my photo). Sounds yummy, but quite expensive!

Letter cover addressed to his mother, signed by Pitt. Owned and photographed by Jacqui Reiter.

The second of the two Pitt signatures I own

John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham, by George Romney, scanned from 'House of Pitt' by Sir Tresham Lever (1947). This is the portrait on which Jacqui Reiter's excellent drawing is based (http://pinterest.com/pin/41236152808369651). It hangs, or used to hang, at Chevening, formerly the home of William Pitt's biographer Earl Stanhope.

My other main character, from whose point of view the novel is written: John, Earl of Chatham elder brother of William Pitt the Younger. By George Romney, presumably painted around the same time as William's portrait, when he was

The London Gazette issue of March 1-4 1806, covering the funeral of William Pitt. Also available to read online here: http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/15895/pages/277

The London Gazette issue of March 1-4 1806, covering the funeral of William Pitt. Also available to read online here: http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/15895/pages/277

William Pitt used to drink 1/2pint of asses' milk daily (my photo of The Chatham Papers)

William Pitt used to drink of asses' milk daily (my photo of The Chatham Papers)

Pitt's Phoenix Fire Office bill from Michaelmas 1797-1798 (my photo)

Pitt's Phoenix Fire Office receipt from Michaelmas Photo by Steph W.

A view from the top of the first set of stairs at Pitt House, Bath (there are 7 floors!).

A view from the top of the first set of stairs at Pitt House, Bath (there are 7 floors!

From "A History of Hayes in the County of Kent" by Canon Thompson; Chapter Nine: The Era of the Pitts, p. 57. This details the entry of the baptism of William Pitt on 3rd July 1759 at Hayes Parish Church (St Mary the Virgin, Hayes). My scan.

From "A History of Hayes in the County of Kent" by Canon Thompson; Chapter Nine: The Era of the Pitts, p. This details the entry of the baptism of William Pitt on July 1759 at Hayes Parish Church (St Mary the Virgin, Hayes). Scan by Stephenie W.

Letter of 18th May 1790, signed by Pitt (though probably written by a secretary?), requesting the support of an unnamed lord in his candidacy for the office of High Steward of the University of Cambridge. (In which he was successful.)

Letter of May signed by Pitt (though probably written by a secretary?), requesting the support of an unnamed lord in his candidacy for the office of High Steward of the University of Cambridge. (In which he was successful.

William Pitt the Younger had three homes in Kent and this page shows he paid £9 4s land tax for Holwood in Keston in 1798.

Ye olde Jimmy Carr? Newly-published tax records of historical figures show Nelson paid just £3, Disraeli just £10 and King George III gave £47

William Pitt the Younger had three homes in Kent and this page shows he paid land tax for Holwood in Keston in

The Pitt monument in the Guildhall; Pitt represented standing on a rock, dressed as the Chancellor of the Exchequer; below are Apollo and Mercury representing Eloquence and Learning; Britannia in the foreground holding a thunderbolt and trident riding side-saddle on a sea horse; after Bubb; frontispiece to the European Magazine.  1813 Etching

Image gallery: Monument Erected in the Guildhall of the City of London to the Memory of the late Right Honourable William Pitt

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