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March 13 1824 My Dear Lambton I cannot help in the first place expressing our continued & <….ing> regret at having lost you & dear Louisa & are anxious to hear that your journey has been prosperously accomplished. I have letters today from Ridley and Ellice. The former to explain that neither M nor those with whom he acted, intended that the filling up of Beaumont’s net should in any manner depend on the Duke; but that without previously having his disposition, they could not propose Howick without expecting both him & the <..oes> to the <… vacant> situation of bringing him forward, without being able to give him <unnattural> support. He also communicates what had passed with Beaumont with whom it appears there has been a farther correspondence. The best way of explaining my sentiments in all this, is to send you my answer to Ridley which I have therefore got Georgiana to copy & I enclose it in another cover. Pray confirm all I say in it of my conviction of his friendly intentions, & of my gratitude for them; in this I am perfectly sincere tho’ I think his judgement has been very defective. I hope also in your own communications with him may of our friend that you will not express too strongly your disaffectation of their conduct; nor my disapprobation without a cordial acknowledgment of their good intentions. I leave it entirely to your determination and <Ellices> to send both for Henry & me whenevr you may think it necessary but not without a certainty of our not being placed in a situation to look like fools on our arrival. We have a letter today from <Charles> who arrived on the 20 ult at Cadiz, after a rough passage of 12 days, & was to sail the next day for Gibraltar, if the wind permitted. Our weather has continued blasting & disagreeable but not cold & we have continued our daily walks. Lady G has not been well & is in sadly low spirits, which I attribute in a great degree to her parting with Louisa give our best love to her, & believe we are Most sincerely Yours Grey If the present chance of bringing Howick in for Northumberland fails, & I <get neither> seat for him, I shall not feel myself pledged by what has now passed, to offer him as a candidate either at a general election or any other opportunity; & this I shall think it necessary to declare when the right time comes, but not at present. To <seeing> that I have sent you a Copy of my letter to <the ….> & <….> it for me - the first time you go to the House of Commons, pray desire the H of Lords papers to be sent to me from the beginning of <the session & in future> as they are printed. You may also add any from the H of C that you think worth sending.