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King Ina <1> was the successor of Ceadwalla <2> King of Wessex he made war upon the Britons in Somersets: & finally subdued them. His long reign of 37 years may be regarded as the most prosperous of the heptarchy In the decline of his age he made a pilgrimage to Rome & after his return, shut himself up in a cloister, where he died
See Hume <3> Chapter the 1st
Being anxious to prove my Son Walter <4> not so ignorant as was supposed him, I send you this extract from Hume. I cannot with equal facility prove, that any body cared for King Ina
J. S. John Mildmay
Henry Fox Talbot Esq
Henry F. Talbot Esqr
1. Also called Ine, King of Wessex (688726).
2. Ceadwalla, King of Wessex (685688).
3. David Hume (17111776), History of England, from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688 (6 vols. 1778).
4. Rev Walter Saint John Mildmay (17981835).