Dinner in the name of the Steward of the Regality of Hexham to about 19 of the principle inhabitants of Hexham and the neighbourhood...The dinner seemed to go off vastly well. I pushed about the bottle, gave them about 20 toasts, talked a good deal and was civil to every one! An easy mode of becoming popular in a country town.
This is the last Will and Testament of me Diana Beaumont of Bretton Hall in the County of York Widow & made this twentieth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand & eight hundred and twenty nine whereas my late husband Thomas Richard Beaumont Esquire by his last Will and Testament in writing bearing date the sixth day of December one thousand eight hundred and five directed his trustees therein named to raise the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand pounds out of his personal
I received a letter today from Mrs. Beaumont, mentioning the sudden death of her London Agent, Mr. Hopkins, expressing her great anxiety to see me and earnest wish that I should hasten to London as soon as possible. Upon mentioning this to Cecilia she greatly approved the plan for my setting out to London without delay. Mr. Murray was decidedly of the same opinion.
Portman Square June 28th 1830
My dear Lord,
I beg to offer my best thanks for your Lordship’s early communication of your intention of retiring from the representation of the County of York, a circumstance that will I am sure be universally regretted.
When my Agents informed me a few days since that a contest was expected, I gave orders to the same effect that I have done on former occasions –
I have the honor to be My dear Lord Your faithful & obedt.
I declined dining with Beaumont's election party.
A very numerous meeting of the Friends to the Abolition of Slavery was held today in the large Methodist Meeting House. Beaumont was in the chair and Brougham made one of his magnificent but somehwat too vehement speeches. He was warmed and somewhat exalted by the great events which have occurred in France and also by the most honorable and flattering mark of public approbation which he has just received from the great county of York, having been called upon (together with Lord Morpeth) by t
This was an important meeting of the Railroad Directors. I presided as Chairman and succeeded in carrying the measure which appeared to me essential to our success, viz. that we should proceed with the Parliamentary Line at the Newcastle end, as they have done at the Eastern (sic) end not very far from Carlisle. John Clayton opposed my views, but I had a large majority. Beaumont attended and took a prudent and proper part in the debate.
Went to Mr. Ord's at Whitfield...which is in my opinion one of the most comfortable residences I have seen. The situation is both romantic and convenient, for since the new road was opened, the access to it is safe and easy.
Proceeded alone in my carriage to meet Mrs. Beaumont at Mr. G. Crawhall's new house in Weardale, about 24 miles from Whitfield.
Drive to Mr. W. Crawhall's at Allenheads after breakfast, receiving a deputation of the workmen.
A large party dined with me (as Steward of the Regality of Hexham) at the White Hart Inn and everything went off very well. I gave a great many toasts and pushed about the bottle: some songs were sung and the whole party seemed to be satisfied and chearful.
A public meeting of the inhabitants of Hexham in order to forward a petiton for the abolition of slavery had been fixed at 10 o'c this morning in order to suit my convenience. I therefore attended and proposed the first Resolution, in a short but, I think, clear and well arranged speech. The hour being very inconvenient to the shopkeepers and workmen of all kinds, the meeting, tho' respectable, was by no means numerous, which prevented me from speaking fully or with much animation.
I went with Mr. Johnson to look at Mr. Crawhall's new purchase at Benwell. His intention is to repair (or rather rebuild) the old hall. This seems to me bad taste and I much doubt its being good economy. There are some beautiful situations in the park: he might have repaired the present offices for his gardeners' and hinds' houses, fruit rooms etc., left the old tower covering it with ivy and made his gardens and orchard, and had his stables ec. between it and the village; a
Mr. Darnell (a Prebendary of Durham) wrote to me yesterday and came to my chambers today for the purpose of making a bargain with Mrs. Beaumont for the lead tithes of Stanhope, Dr. Phillpotts (now Bishop of Exeter) having by his manuevres lost the living of Stanhope. As some promise had been made to him in the King's name by the Duke of Wellington, Lord Grey empowered the Bishop of Durham to appoint any of the Prebendaries of that place to be Rector of Stanhope, upon condition, however, o
I went with Beaumont to Morpeth to attend the County Meeting called by the High Sheriff upon the requisition of near 300 most respectable gentlemen and freeholders...As Beaumont and I travelled by ourselves I had a great deal of conversation with him; he does not want sense and has both read and thought a good deal on politics. His opinions are liberal and moderate and he is in theory far from being an aristocrat, but he has been spoiled so much by early indulgence and by a long course of diss
Beaumont and Ord's
Englishmen! One of the boasted pledges of Earl Grey on his accession to power was, that the affairs of Government should no longer be carried on by patronage. He has spent a long Parliamentary life in Bawling out for a ‘Reform’ of what he called ‘abuses’, and has invariably felt himself scandalized whenever a Tory chanced to confer an appointment in Government, the Army or Navy, or the Church, on a deserving relative. Compare hi
I travelled to N.Castle by the mail coach and reached that place precisely at 2 o'c, just in time for the public meeting. I was called to the Chair, reluctantly because there appeared to have been no previous arrangement, owing, I think very much to Dr. Headlam's want of tact or judgement. We got through the business better than could have been expected, tho' certainly my situation was not a very pleasant one. I was determined to call upon Lord Howick to come forward, but as
Beaumont arrived and I was much occupied with him in canvassing.
I breakfasted with Beaumont...and afterwards went to Hexham where there was a great public meeting held in the open air. I was in the chair as the Steward of the Regality of Hexham. We met first at the old Hall and then adjourned to the Abbey green. Beaumont spoke very well and when I returned thanks...I addressed the crowd at considerable length with the view of persuading the freeholders to go to Alnwick at their own expence and I believe I was very successful, certainly what I said was
My dear Lord Brougham,
Your letter of the 23rd. followed me to Carlisle and from thence has only this moment reached me. I went into Cumberland on Saturday to attend a great meeting of farmers ec, where William Blamire presided as your Brother James' deputy. Politics were prohibited in our public speeches but great enthusiasm was shewn in conversation and I contrived to hint pretty broadly at reform in what I said to the meeting at large. My nieces has prepared 3 dinner invitat
June 1831 23 Sat. Jane Beaumont got a little Girl at 2 o clock in the Morng.
Dr Crowther came to see Mama -
25. Mond. Mr Hay came to see Mama –
28. Thurs <Waterton> & Mr Ord called. <Marie> & Richard went to Mrs <Blackfield>
29 Fri. Mrs Lee left
Augst 6 Saturday Harriet & I went to Walton to see Mr <Waterton’s> Pictures.
9 Tuesday – Mama went to bed, pretty well: having been twice out in the carriage.
10 Wed: Mama died at a little after one o clock, in the night.
Mr Lee came & Edward came –
11th Thu: Lees went away.
12 Fri: Wentworth ill at Worthing – Birch returned at 6 in the Evening-
13. Sat. Henry came –
17 Mr Bird came
19 – Fri: The Lees came again – Mr Crawhall & Rogers.
When I reached home I found a letter from Brackenridge with an account of Mrs. B's death. What effect this may have upon my income I do not know, but notwithstanding Beaumont's apparent friendship and regard for me, I certainly consider my Auditorship as somewhat precarious. I much fear the old Lady's death will not increase the comfort or prosperity of her family, tho' certainly she was neither a wise nor an amiable woman.
I had a short but very friendly letter from Beaumont requesting me to meet him at Breton as soon as his health will permit him to travel.
I had a letter from Beaumont today of the most confidential kind, but still I fear that when he finds his income much less than he expected, he may think he can do without an Auditor. Were I merely his Auditor, perhaps he would be right, but with his habits, a person of some experience and of integrity is quite essential to any tolerable management of his affairs.