Letter – Diana Beaumont to John Erasmus Blackett – 8 Feb 1802

Document Type: Letter
Date: 8 Feb 1802
Correspondent: Diana Beaumont
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 224
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          Bretton Feb[ruar]y the 8th 1802

Dear Sir

      You will have rec’d Mr Brown’s Letter respecting the Leases of Kilhope & Welhope, it is necessary to be very cautious, for if anything was done irregular, I think my Friend the Bishop would not hesitate to take advantage of it, Mr Emm ought to have made the Leases out in a proper manner according to my Fathers Will – Mr Algoods Letter is very unhandsome, but we agree with you in opinion that we shall not have any loss, & hope you will be able to find an Agent to succeed him who will be of more use to us than he has ever been, we approve of the Candles being divided as you name, I am sorry to observe that we are still so much on the wrong side of the Bankers Books, & I fear Lead will not long continue at 26 pr Fod. We shall be happy to hear you have made the Sale you mention at that price, when Ld. Darlington was here we had a great deal of conversation about Lead & Silver etc, his Lordship appears to understand more of Mines than I expected from a Fox Hunter, - I had occasion to write to Mr Bell, & in my Letter I observed that we were going to have our Estates Valued, which was not a prelude to the change of Tenants, as we had 6 years since had all our Yorkshire Estates Valued, and had not changed one Tenant. 

      Our Butler sent some time since a pattern Glass to the Northumberland Warehouse as they desired & we have not rec’d the Glasses w[hi]ch were ordered, I will thank you to give the enclosed note to Mr T. Crawhall, it is to desire he will go down to the North’d Warehouse, & see the Glasses, & if they are of equal sizes, the quantity they sent two years since were very uneven, & 6 Doz[e]n of Wine Glasses so small they can only be used for Liqueur Glasses, & the Crest & Arms were Ill executed, I hope these will be better done, we shall not now want them till our return from London, but if we don’t enquire about them we may not have them till next year, they will be sent by Sea I imagine, & wish Mr T. Crawhall wd. inform us when they are sent from Newcastle, & by what conveyance - I rec’d a letter a few days since from Mr. Bosville, he asks if I would advise him to oppose Mr. Wilberforce for Yorkshire that would be an event w[hi]ch w[oul]d astonish all his Friends, for I don’t think any power on Earth would induce him to be in Parliament, before the last Election the People at Malton wrote to desire he w[oul]d let them bring him in for that Borough, his answer was his Groom Will Ashton could bear late Hours, & he could not, that  he thought they had better make choice of him, - we continue our intention of setting out on the 15th for London – Col. Beaumont unites with me in best Comp[limen]ts – I am Dear Sir

      Very Sincerely Yours

      D. Beaumont

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