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Government House, Devonport, Feb 5, 1824 Sir, I have received your letter of the 3d, informing me that Mr. Beaumont has given you instructions to bring an action against me, for having used and published certain libellous and malicious expressions, to the injury of his character, and which he believes me to have been aware were contrary to the fact. And also, that previously to carrying this intention into effect, he wishes to give me an opportunity of offering any explanation by which such a proceeding may be rendered unnecessary. Of this opportunity I have no desire to avail myself, and if Mr. Beaumont should be advised to institute the proceedings of which you have given me notice, I certainly shall be prepared, not to explain, but to justify. I am, Sir, your obedient servant, Grey Charles Carus Wilson, Esq. (It is needless to say that no more was heard of the threatened prosecution) [This postcript statement is presumably taken from the printed commentary which accompanied the letter when it was reproduced in the Newcastle Courant on 20 July 1826]
The letter as given here was appended to Robert Dillon Browne’s letter of 15th December 1838 to the Morning Advertiser, submitted in evidence of TWB’s character in the wake of TWB’s case against John Somers in Paris. It is likely to have been taken from those published in the Newcastle Courant on 20th July 1826.