Letter – Benjamin Johnson to Diana Beaumont – 1 May 1826

Document Type: Letter
Date: 1 May 1826
Correspondent: Benjamin Johnson
Recipient: Diana Beaumont
Archive Source: Brotherton BHDVC CD 78a
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Mrs B.		May 1st 1826

Mr Beaumont left Newcastle on Saturday last for London after completing the most successful canvass ever accomplished in this or any other county.  His opponents generally but more particularly the inconsistent Whigs are completely defeated and can never rally now.  Throughout Mr B's canvass he has met with the most flattering reception and his exertions have been beyond what I believe any other gentleman could properly have given thought.  The result however has amply repaid him and his very enemies now consider his election sure.  Indeed nothing is now wanting but your powerful support to make the White Flag ride triumphant at the next election and thereby establish your power and influence in Northumberland never again to be disputed.  Upwards of two hundred and twenty of his friends met at the Queens Head on Friday to give him a dinner … a more glorious and deserved triumph was never achieved by man.  Mr B as well he might, was in excellent spirits, and (gave them a speech which will be recollected by all present to the last moment of their, lives as displaying the soundest and most enlightened principles) was received with thunders of applause.
Diana’s intervention in the election campaign, the ‘powerful support’ encouraged here by Johnson, seemed to backfire. A contemporary chronicler noted that TWB ‘hoped they would not put too harsh a construction on the conduct of a lady and a mother who, in her anxiety to secure her son's election, had not taken the most judicious means of doing so'.

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