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Mrs Beaumont And Col Beaumont Bretton Newcastle 12 October 1809 In this and another Cover you will receive two Letters addressed to me by Mr Nichol. These Letters contain their own comment and my endeavours to obtain from Messrs Nichol and Ludlow the proposal to pay a sum of money in part of the debt occasioned by the failure of J Elliott. Of the truth of Mr Nichol’s statement I think there can be little doubt, altho’ I know not of the loss sustained by him in the failure of John Hodgson & Son Merchants in London, which but for the unfortunate termination of Mr Elliott’s affairs would probably have been confined to the knowledge of his relatives and the partys concerned; it is however my intention to be fully convinced, by going thro’ Messrs Nichol and Ludlow’s Books, that nothing is concealed, but this is a step I conceived premature, until I am favoured with your sentiments. My object has lately been to obtain from Messrs Nichol & Ludlow about 6/- in the Pound upon the debt which would have reduced the loss to a small sum when it is <adverted la>, that, that transaction produced further sales at the same high terms and fixed the price of those previously made;- but I do not now entertain the most distant hope, that this composition can be obtained by any means whatever- I remain…….