Letter – Diana Beaumont to John Erasmus Blackett – 14 Feb 1795

Document Type: Letter
Date: 14 Feb 1795
Correspondent: Diana Beaumont
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 224
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							Portman Square Feby 14th 

Dear Sir

      In great haste I trouble you with a few lines to inform you of Mr Stacpoles most unaccountable conduct, he desired Mr Bosville to shew us a Paper Yesterday to the following effect as nearly as I can recollect,

      “Mr Stacpole requires that Mr & Mrs Beaumonts Council admit that his Marriage was at their desire & request & that Mr Blackett was applied to for his Consent, who gave his approbation by doing nothing against it, & that Mr Blackett is the only Trustee who ever did act”. I will Copy the exact words when I see Mr Bosville & send them to you, but this is as near as possible now, My Dear Sir you know there is not one right Statement in this, for if he means his first Marriage in Scotland, we did not even know Mr Stacpole by Name, & the second we were equally ignorant of, for he had named to me he should not Marry Mrs <S> in England till she was of Age, & then the Chancellor could do Nothing, & I was much surprised when I heard by my Milliner that Mrs <S.> was Married two Days she named it to me before, & that Mr Bosville was the Father who <gave> her away, he called soon after & I asked him if it was true, when he gave an Account of the Marriage, & the Copy of your Letter to Mr James Lee which I have requested my Sister Mrs Wm Lee to send me by return of Post, for unfortunately I have left at Bretton the Copy you sent me, & I think that will shew you did not act as a Trustee as She was made a Ward of the Court, We desired Mr Bosville would request Mr Stacpole to write to you to know if you was asked by us to give your Consent to either their first or 2d Marriage previous to their taking place, or if you knew beforehand of the 1st or 2d Marriage – his Views are Evident – he is greatly in debt, & hardly dares stir out – Col B. unites in best Compts. 

      I am Dr Sir

      Sincerely Yours  Diana Beaumont

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