Letter – Diana Beaumont to John Erasmus Blackett – 7 Jul 1803

Document Type: Letter
Date: 7 Jul 1803
Correspondent: Diana Beaumont
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 224
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								Cheltenham July 7th 1803

Dear Sir

You will by this time have rec’d our several Letters, with Copies of Mr Burdons Letters & Mr Morlands, yours of July 2nd we rec’d yesterday with the state of our accounts with Surtees & Co - & also our Accts. With Easterbys House, it is terrible to think of with so large a Sum, & to be distressed is indeed hard, the Conduct of our Bankers in this Business towards us has been most dishonourable to themselves, the Day Mr. Burdons Letter to inform us was written, the Surtees should have made the communication to you, & that was on the 27th of June, Col. Beaumont is again writing to Mr Burdon in very strong terms, you will perceive by the Copy of his last Letter how lightly he treats it, our Letters will shew him how serious we consider it, & the Indignation we feel at receiv’g such treatment from him & his Partners, & if possible rouse them to exert themselves, what can they expect from the Minister? will the Bank of England lend their Assistance to a House whose Idle Speculations have brought them into difficulties? the London Post has not brought us any Letters that we conclude Mr Morland had nothing satisfactory to send, or indeed nothing new to communicate, Col. Beaumont has written to thank Mr Morland for his offer of letting us draw on their House for our personal Expenses for the present, we don’t like to be under Obligations to any one, but if we are in want of Money to take us from hence, we must Submit to it, we hope the Surtees’s have come forward with some Proposition & that we may have some relief, we shall be glad to receive your opinion respect’g what Bank you wd  recommend us to employ in future, & you may rely on Secrecy on our part, as you might not choose to have it said you determin’d on what Bank or Bankers we should use, & as we are equally intimate with all Parties there can be no offence, when you wish for Mr Bowns’s assistance, we are certain he will with pleasure set out for Newcastle at your desire – it would distress us extremely to inconvenience Mr Chris[tophe]r Blackett by [1 word missing: ‘asking’?] if he could let us at this time have the 4.000£ but know’g how we must be circumstanced if it is possible to do it, we hope he will come forward with the offer of it to you – do you think it would have a good effect on quieting the Minds of our Workmen if Col. B.  was to write a Letter to Mr Emmerson, Mr Crawhall & Mr Dickinson to say he & I greatly lament this unfortunate Business, & hope they will rely on us, that every justice & satisfaction they will receive from us etc – or something to this effect,  I am Dear Sir

very sincerely yours

D. Beaumont

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