Letter – Diana Beaumont to Mark Skelton – 21 Mar 1794

Document Type: Letter
Date: 21 Mar 1794
Correspondent: Diana Beaumont
Recipient: Mark Skelton
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								Portman Square   March 21st

Dear Sir,

      I have defer’d answering your Letter till I should receive a Copy of Mr. Lloyds Opinion from Mr. Cockshutts Solicitor (Mr. Owen) which I have this Morng. done. Mr. Cockshutt is certainly right to Act on safe grounds, & as appears by the enclosed Opinion of Mr. Lloyd it was highly necessary he should inform himself of the consequences &c &c for it would have been extremely unpleasant for him to be censured & punished by the Court for not properly discharging the Trust imposed by my Fathers Will; I have dreaded having anything to do with a Lawsuit since that foolish affair all had with Lady Mexbro’, yet I think it is advisable to take the best Opinions & throw away a few pounds to save Many. Who may be lost without taking proper Advice. Mr. Beaumont & myself never had an Idea of instituting any suit concerning Mr. & Mrs. Stacpoole, for it can only be done by her Trustees, Mr.Beaumont never Named to me the request that he should only employ Mr. Wilson (the Agent) who I did not know was concerned in Makg. Mrs. Stacpoole a Ward of Chancery, as Mr. Wilson of Bartlets Buildings (who Mr. Beaumont introduced to me as a very clever sensible Man in his profession) informed me Mr. Cockshutts Solicitor was employed in the Business; Mr. Wilson of Bartlets Buildings was with Mr. Beaumont the Morng. he set off for Yorkshire & we conversed with him on the Subject which was the reason I employ[e]d him in Stating the case.

      My little Boy is quite well & desires his Complts. – he is the Master of the Family & is as Mischievous as a Monkey – 

      I am Dear Sir Your sincere Hble Sert

      Diana Beaumont
Year not given but reference to the Stacpoole case suggests it was in 1794, as legal opinions in the case were taken that month, and the cause launched in Chancery. William Stacpoole had eloped with Louisa Wentworth, Diana’s sister.

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