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? Govt House Apr 6. 1824 My Dear Lambton … I enclose a copy of a letter which Grey of <Millfield> has sent me, from Beaumont, another proof of the imprudence of Mr Colbourne’s interference. It looks as if he would make some sport in the H of C after Easter. I <… like be ill met in the measures of mere serious annoyance> He has also written to a Mr. Smart, another friend of <wine>, to say that he is determined to stand, that he has ample funds independent of his Father & Mother, & no disposition to spare them. This was also communicated to me by Mr Grey, to whom I <…> had written rather indicating a disposition to <…fect> Beaumont, from the fear that some Tory might step in. I have told Grey that nothing could be so discreditable to the County as to return Beaumont, whatever might be the alternative & have given him authority to hold a general language without committing me or <…..ing> me to any particular conduct under circumstances different from the present, that henry may be expected to offer himself upon the first vacancy, or at a general election. This I thought necessary that my friends might be but otherwise <...ed> not to embarrass themselves by any kind of engagement with <…….> or implied. Grey affects the expediency of procuring an invitation to Henry from those who are the most zealous supporters of the Independent Interest. This I have told him would, in my opinion be a very fit measure at the proper time, & certainly the <pleasantest> way to me, of having Henry brought forward, but that <at present>, it wd be <premature>. Pray show Beaumont’s letter to Tankerville (I think it might be as well if he were to give a <beat> to his Tenants to help them <also .isca……>) to Ridley & to Swinburne if you have an opportunity & keep it for <.. …> return to Town.
JGL A40/10. Excerpt concerning Beaumont taken from a longer letter in Grey’s scrawled hand