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My Dear Mrs Beaumont, In consequence of the sudden death of our late excellent Representative Mr. Brandling, I am induced to offer myself for the vacant seat to the notice of the County. —Lord Howick has also started, and, as it is hardly to be believed that this County will return a second Whig Member, it does appear to me that my return at present would be the most likely means of securing Mr. Wentworth Beaumont a tranquil return at the ensuing General Election. May I be permitted to remind you also of the kind expressions you once made use of towards me at a period now somewhat remote, when you first came in for this County. Should it be your inclination to give me the benefit of your support at present, have the kindness to write me a few lines to that import, addressed to me at Alnwick. — Excuse haste, not unmixed with anxiety, and believe me, Dear Madam, Yours very faithfully, H. T. Liddell. Alnwick, February 2nd 1826. To Mrs. Beaumont, Britton [sic] Hall, Barnsley. Mrs. Beaumont’s reply to this letter, I am not at liberty to publish. — Suffice it to say it was such as to call for the following answer by return of post.