A supply of seed of a high grade of Sea Island cotton was obtained from Colonel Rivers's estate in the Sea Islands, S.
Rivers's Early York b.m.Aug.
It is now that for the first time we become aware of Lord Rivers's literary occupations.
Swift, who was intimate with him, speaks of him as "an arrant knave"; but the dean may have been disappointed at being unmentioned in Rivers's will, for he made a fierce comment on the earl's bequests to his mistresses and his neglect of his friends.
Rivers's intrigue with Lady Macclesfield was the cause of that lady's divorce from her husband in 1701.