Letter – Diana Beaumont to John Erasmus Blackett – 21 Sep 1803

Document Type: Letter
Date: 21 Sep 1803
Correspondent: Diana Beaumont
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 224
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J.E. Blackett Esq. Newcastle upon Tyne		Portman Square  Sep[tembe]r 21st

Dear Sir

We are favor’d with yours of the 17th & are perfectly satisfied with your reasons for acting as you have done, possibly at this moment they are depended on our being in want of Money; - it has been represented to us that Mr Ellill is not supposed to be a Man of fair Character, he was a Friend of Astlett who is now in Newgate, & it is said Astlett & Hall met at Ellills office 3 times a Week regularly, all these are suspicious circumstances, & it is believed by some that Ellill has some connection in Business with the Halls, he has now in his possession a large quantity of their Sheet Lead, he is at this moment much distressed for Money, & must Sell at any price; - -

we have sent to Mr Bowns the Accounts of Surtees & Burdons Bank w[hic]h Mr Black sent us last Night, & have requested he will meet Mr Burdon at Doncaster w[hic]h Mr Burdon has promised to let us know when he will be there, he talked of leav[in]g Town soon, we have desired Mr Bowns to talk to Mr Burdon about giving us good <Landed> Security, the Accounts of the Bank are so much worse than we had any Idea of, that we wish we had good Security & Interest, for if you make a Sale to cover our Pay in May, we may wait for Burdons, indeed we fear we must wait at any rate; do you hear that it is fear’d some Creditors will not wait Mr Burdons pleasure, & it is thought they will soon be made Bankrupts, this has been reported to us – we will thank you to let T. Crawhall make out a Statement of what you think will be wanted till 1st January for Subsistence & other demands on us, & also what you expect to receive by that time, & the Sums in Loraines Bank etc, - we will write to Mr Thomas to-morrow ab[ou]t the Hexham Colours – Col: Beaumont unites with me in best Com[plimen]ts – I am Dear Sir

very Sincerely Yours

D. Beaumont

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