Letter – Charles Monck to Charles Brandling – 9 Feb 1820

Document Type: Letter
Date: 9 Feb 1820
Correspondent: Charles Monck
Recipient: Charles Brandling
Archive Source: DUL JGL A40 8-11
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My dear B

           Your Message has overtaken me and I have gone into Mrs Cole’s farm house to write this answer.  1st I thank you for all your kind wishes and pray thank Mr Smith from me over again for his kind expressions to me on Thursday which I have no doubt come from his heart actuated by the best intentions in all regards.  But I could not reverse my determination to withdraw myself now from the representation of the County upon the assurance which you send me.  I came forward upon the independent interest and must return the representation to the County such as I received it.  My determination to withdraw was taken some days before Thursday but I could not then tell Mr Smith because I was on my way to take the opinion of an old and experienced friend before I took so important a step.  The cause of my retirement is the prospect of a repetition of the same sacrifices of domestic comfort by a long separation from my wife and family which I have borne with patience in hopes of better times.  I must if I continued in the representation of the County embrace those evils again or breach my promise to the County of diligent attendance on my parliamentary duties.  The last is impossible to me and the first I shrink from I hope not too early; so I have determined to withdraw.

      Yours very truly

      C. M
JGL A40/11.  Apparently a reply to the message possibly from Brandling to Monck given date of 7th Feb

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