Letter – Thomas Wentworth Beaumont to Diana Beaumont – 24 Oct 1819

Document Type: Letter
Date: 24 Oct 1819
Correspondent: Thomas Wentworth Beaumont
Recipient: Diana Beaumont
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							Dissington Hall. Oct- 24 – 1819

My dear Mother,

      I have now to acknowledge the receipt of three letters from you, that arrived I think by successive Posts – I am sorry that Horsington has has [sic] been able to convince you of his own propriety of conduct – Mr. Wilsons assertion that your consent, by which of course he means your Agent’s, was asked is certainly a sufficient ground for you to have an enquiry made of the trustees by whose direction the <barn> was erected, if application for leave was not made to Horsington <.. what h.. ... ever was> You might very easily request of the trustees <….. ..> to you, which if they consider themselves ill used, would be very readily complied with - <For if H.> finds you so ready to believe him in the right, I much fear he will be found equally ready to <keep> himself in the wrong – The whole affair should be examined as if the dispute had <arisen> between yourself and <any> indifferent persons, for I am inclined to apprehend that the <very> circumstance of the Law <is not> to bring a party in it rather precludes a dispassionate investigation – at least by the <tenor> of the letter which I returned to you. I am sure it has had that effect upon him –

	I heard from Hodson on Friday, who talked of a deposit of 4,000£ - I spoke to Williamson upon the subject, who said that such a thing was never heard of at a private sale, and I have sent him that answer – He asked me also, as he understood it to be your wish that a part of the purchase money should remain in mortgage, if you would have any objection to pay 20,000£ upon my being <sent> into actual possession, upon which I promised to consult you immediately. As soon as I hear from you, I will send your answer; <In> he says that the agreement shall be sent to Mr. Pearson in a very few days, in which it will be <communicated> that the abstract of the Title shall be delivered within fourteen days after the agreement is signed – I do not think it right for us to be the first to talk of the expense of taking the abstract as that of course will fall upon him – 	Both the agreement & the abstract of the Title should be submitted to Mr. Williamson as soon as they come down. –

	I mentioned in my last that I expected to be able to leave the North on the 5th and it is quite impossible that I can do so earlier -    I am engaged to dine at the Mansion House on that day, and <with going on to Durham> after dinner to be able to reach Bretton on Saturday evening, if possible to dinner, but I hope you will not wait for me – I should be very glad to meet Fawkes any time in the following week – This district however is in so <distracted> a state that it is not impossible, though I trust not probable, that I may be detained longer – The concessions which have been somewhat imprudently made to the Keelmen by the Coal owners have given the Mayor & Magistrates reasons to apprehend that the <Pitmen are going back in their turn>; they amount to upwards of 10,000 and <.. would ..... .> much more formidable opponents than the others – It would not be quite correct for me to leave the County to amuse myself in Yorkshire, if disturbances were going on here – Lady Liddle’s ball is put off in consequence of <the state of the County> - She was certainly <wrong> in selecting this moment for her gaieties, for you know they are as much in the midst of <collieries> as if they were in the Pit. – but in putting it off, she has been very ill advised to <avow> publicly her reasons for doing so. Sir Thomas who is very much alarmed talks of raising a corps of Yeomanry and giving the command to his Son – The evil I think is much exaggerated, as the <terror> that is spread about Newcastle is very considerable, but it is at all events desirable that all gentlemen of property & influence should remain upon the spot as long as possible – I am much obliged to you for your offer of a <bed> in Portman Square, but as I wish to be near the House, I have written for apartments in <Warren’s> Hotel, Regent St. I hope that I have now nearly answered all your letters. I have only to regret that <Dremby shd have turned out so ill after <promising much> – I shall be able to meet with a couple of Ponies and a <low carriage> for you in London – 

      The cranberries shall be purchased for you tomorrow – Richards acct with my Sisters was 9£. There can be no objection to the Poacher who cut Ridleys face being taken <to work> if Crawhall thinks he can be relied upon, and if he will make a recompense to Ridley so much the better – I will speak to Crawhall about this when I see him for I intend going up to Allenheads before I leave the County - <We> must not be surprised if we hear of another disturbance among the Miners for there are several itinerant radicals <who are busily> employed everywhere in creating <discontent> where it does not already exist, and encouraging it whenever it can be found – 

      With best love to my Father & Sisters 

      I am, my dear Mother Your aff[ectiona]te Son

      T W Beaumont

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