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.
I had a letter from Beaumont expressing great anxiety about his affairs and wishing me to meet him in London.
Mr. Donkin and I have nearly the same views of Mr. Beaumont's situation and I think if he can be persuaded to act reasonably, his affairs may be satisfactorily arranged without much difficulty.
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6. Sep. Edward came from <Finingly> - having seen Wentworth in Town –
8. He left us.
10 Mrs <Blackfield> called & dined with us.
12. Richard leaves us for London & Worthing.
13. We left Bretton with great regret – arrived at < Finingly > found Edward had sprained his knee –
15 Left <Finingly> at 10 – Slept at Wansford –
16. Arrived in Portman Square.
26. Mon Wentworth came to Town from Worthing.
Business with Beaumont at Bywell where I dined and staid all night. Nothing could be more kind and confidential than Beaumont's communications with me. He disclosed to me all his plans in strict confidence, viz. his determination to dismiss the Crawhalls and all his present agents except Johnson. His intention to place my son James in the situation of Auditor etc., and his resolution not to sell Bywell etc. He also consulted me as to his conduct as to the County representation, and d
Re son James becoming Beaumont's Auditor. I shall be quite content with my 100 guineas a year for holding the courts and going to London once a year if required.
With his usual impetuosity, Beaumont seems to have taken a step which must cause an immediate rupture with Mr. Crawhall. He gives me the same account as James did of their interview and speaks candidly and fairly enough of that subject. His wish to see me in London arises from his not knowing how to act with respect to Crawhall.
I had today a long letter from Beaumont written in a more business-like style than usual. I fear, however, that he is pursuing a very doubtful course in his affairs, and that James will not have a very pleasant (perhaps not a permanent) office as his Auditor.
I saw Lord Howick on the Railroad business and had also a good deal of conversation with him on the subject of Emigration. He appears to me to be a clear headed man of business, and tho' I know his manners are said to be cold and repulsive, I never found him otherwise than frank and even attentive and civil. I had a good deal of talk with W.Ord relative to the Northumberland elections ec. I dined and drank some coffee with Beaumont and Mrs. B. and Miss Atkinson, her sister.
Most part of the morning I passed with Beaumont and Mr. Hodgson (his new agent).
I saw Mr. Mulcaster and arranged the terms upon which he is to give up his present situation as Mr. Beaumont's Agent.
The late Miss Scott appears by the will of Mrs Hunter to be intitled as residuary legatee to the whole of her personal Estate after payment of her debts &co & as Mrs Hunter was under the will of her Husband intitled not only to an annuity of £50 & his Household Furniture but also to the Interest of one moiety of the Produce of his real & personal Estate & as it is admitted that Mrs H. received only the anny. & the Furniture the personal representative of Miss Scott has i