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I was grieved to find from C. Bigge, who came to consult me respecting it, that the marriage between Beaumont and Miss Swinburne is broken off, owing to the gross folly and misconduct of Beaumont himself, arising, I have no doubt, from insanity.
Bretton Hall 23 August 1823
I have received your letter of the 19th inst and on the same day I received the most cruel and extraoridinary Letter that any son ever addressed to a Mother, and in answer to one of kindness and attention; his conduct afflicts me deeply for on him was placed my fodest hopes and ambition, it appears he has lost every feeling of Duty and honor. In common justice he cannot refuse to send by you the Draft of the Deed which was drawn out by Mr P Fenwick under
To Lord Grey Aug 29th 1823
..Almost immediately after her daughter's acceptance of my proposal, in which she and Sir John seemed cordially to concur, I was struck by the Unkindness of Lady Swinbourne to me, and the Continual Endeavours she was making to hinder Elizabeth from giving her Affections to me ... this alarmed me considerably, … for, besides the usual Respect of well-disposed Children to their parents, I observed a Confidence little short of idolatrous in Eliz
To T. W. Beaumont, Esq.
Tunbridge Wells, August 31, 1823
I this moment received your most extraordinary letter, which has excited not only my surprise, but my indignation.
How you could justify to yourself the unwarrantable use you have made of my name I will not inquire. I feel it only necessary to say, that as far as relates to myself, the infamous allegation you have made against Lady Swinburne’s character is totally false and unfounded.
I am, Sir, your obedient humble ser
Newcastle 4 Septemr 1823
Messrs Rundell & Co London
Forwarding a pce of Silver 1454 ½ Oz pWaggon – 3rd Inst MM
September 6. Richard & Henry came home from Bradley – Mr <Parns>, Jane & Harriet & Mr Lee came –
7. They left us –
8th. Mama, Sophy & I went to Grove –
9. Tues. The Stapleton Park Races. Mr Trevor thrown from his horse, much hurt, <....> 10 days & died –
10th. We returned to Bretton –
14th. We went to Doncaster Races – Ric’d & Henry with us –
19th. We returned –
21 Su. Mama heard from Wentworth respecting Lady S. Mama went of
Grove 8th August 1823
My Dear Lord
No one my Lord is more capable of appreciating your Lordships kind attention upon all occasions to our Family than Myself, & no one is better acquainted with the motives that induced your Lordship to address the Letter to me I received on Saturday last, & which, if I did not so far as my Judgement will permit me to act, in this very unfortunate affair, exercise that discretion which your Lordship is kind enough to give me credit for, to
Mr Beaumont Sept 16th 1823
James Briggs has requested me to ask you to allow his wife who is at present lodging at Crawcrook to occupy the room over the stables at Bradley which Earnshaw had when his wife was there. I have been indirectly asked if you intended giving up Bradley but of course I could only say that I had received no instructions from you to that effect. Mr Clavering of Riddlehamhope is the gent who caused the enquiry and is in want of such a situation. He has Greencroft only f
Mr Dawkin Sept 20th 1823
The common report of the day at Hexham is that Sir J. Swinbourn has explained to you the cause of his quarrel with Mr Beaumont and that he does not wish it to be kept secret. You must naturally suppose I feel very anxious to know the real cause that could break off the match so suddenly and I will state what common report says upon it. Sir J Swinbourne is said to have communicated to you that Mr Beaumont <...> said he and his sons to be rascals and Lady Swinbu
Newcastle 22nd Septemr 1823
London – Forwarding a pce of Silver 1364 Oz pWaggon. – 20 Int MM
I was detained in Newcastle until 6 o’clock by conferences with Ed. Swinburne, Mrs. Beaumont ec., respecting Mr. Beaumont’s strange conduct and unfortunate state of mind. It is quite clear that he is deranged at present, but I much doubt whether by judicious treatment, that derangement might not be speedily removed. I had a long conference with Mrs. Beaumont and never saw a more lively and convincing proof of the vanity of worldly prosperity than in her chearless and melancholy situation
On the 26th of Sept 1823 Mrs Beaumont arrived at Hexham on her way to Alanheads, and that Evening in a conversation she had with Mr C. Heads and others she signified that she had been of Opinion that the Commissioners of the Intended new line of Road could carry the line through the Cloisters and the Seal with or without her consent. Mr. Heads said they could not. She asked emphatically ‘can they do so Without my Consent’. The answer was ‘Madam, they cannot.’ She then inquired in
Hexham Monday morning
I hope you and Thomas got well home and found all well. There has been a sad upro at Hexham since Friday night about the road through the Seal. It is not to go that way now – the Lady Beaumont has been here and such a day on Setterday ringin of Bells and aile given away in the market place and a large fire in the market place after dark the nois never seased till two a clock on Sunday. Your uncle has sent you some speches – give John one of them first t
To Mrs Beaumont Lady of the Regality or Manor of Hexham
We the Inhabitants of Hexham in public meeting assembled take this opportunity of returning you our sincere thanks for the very kind and handsome manner in which you received a Deputation of our Townsmen on Saturday last. Your declaration ‘No power upon Earth shall induced Col Beaumont or myself to do any thing to deprive the Inhabitants of Hexham of the Comforts and privileges they have so long enjoyed in the Seal’ will be long an
I beg you will accept my best thanks for this public demonstration of your favour, of which I shall ever retain a grateful remembrance; I trust no one can suspect that I am blinded by prejudice or influenced by private Interest when I declare my decided dissent to the measure of the line of Road passing through the Seal. I have already given my reasons for it. Col Beaumont & I will never join any Party to deprive the respectable Inhabitants of Hexham of the antient Privileges th
I went to meet Mrs. Beaumont at her urgent request and had much serious conversation with her respecting her son – that is as far serious as her overweening vanity and folly will permit her to be upon any subject. I shewed her Mr. B.’s last letter to me and a copy of my answer in which I distinctly stated my opinion that he labors under delusions as to the Capheaton family and advised him to apply to his medical friend on the subject. I pointed out to her the necessity of decisive and sp
6 October Mond – Mama came from Northumberland - I passed a wretched fortnight –
7th. It was agreed we were to make a trip to the Continent –
15th. Wed My Brothers leave for London. Marie Sophy & I go to take leave of the Lees –
20th. Mond We leave Bretton for London – and leave Papa & William –
21 Tues. Arrived in London –
28 Tue – Wentworth and Richard left Town for Northumberland -
31. Friday – We left Town & slept at Canterbury –
Newcastle 8 October 1823
Messrs Cox Poyser & Co Derby
I am this morning favored with your Letter of the 6 Inst and accept your favor of £22-15 pfo[the]r for 3000 pigs of WB Common Lead, allowing the usual discount of 3 pCent for payment in money. As I am going to London on Saturday next and intend to remain there till the 24th inst, any payment you may please to make me in London, or any remittance here, in Bills upon London at 20 days date will in either case, be entitled to t
I had a letter of thanks from Sir J. Swinburne and messages full of gratitude and offers of service from Mrs. Beaumont; from Beaumont himself, a letter full of exaggerated praise and professions of friendship and regard. With all this I confess I am very well pleased and the more so because I am conscious of having acted with good intentions. But I certainly do not expect much fruit from my exertions in the shape of benefit to myself or my family.
Mr. Beaumont arrived unexpectedly. I passed some hours with him and found him, tho’ composed, clearly deranged as to Lady Swinburne.
1. Nov. Arrived at the Albion Hotel Ramsgate.
3 Mon. A Ball at the Albion.
5. Went to Broadstairs & Margate
11. Left Ramsgate for Dover, where we met Wentworth & Richard we put up at Mrs Paques the York Hotel.
Wed 12 Nov. Crossed from Dover to Calais in the Arrow Steam Packet in 3 hours & a half – our Party consisting of Mrs B. Self & 2 Sisters Wentworth & Richard – 2 Maids (Fletcher & Blacke) one Man & the Courier Reynard & Wentworth’s two Servant
N[ew]Castle 4 Decr 1823
Messrs Rundell & Co London
Forwardd 2 pieces of Silver of 1273 & 1436 Oz – pWaggon
Mr Beaumont Dec 17th 1823
I have been prevented writing sooner supposing that you would visit Naples first and then proceed to Rome … I have given James Briggs directions to take your horses up and get them in condition to go to London about the 20th of January ... There is little passing in the county that is necessary for me to communicate. Hostility against yourself I hope is gradually subsiding and I trust before long something may occur to draw off their attention from that point.
To the Secretary of the Pitt Club, Newcastle
I am directed by Thos Wentworth Beaumont to request you to take off his name from the