Letter – Nicholas Walton to William Corbett – 14 Feb 1742

Document Type: Letter
Date: 14 Feb 1742
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: William Corbett
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 107
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To William Corbett Esq.				Ravensworth Castle February 14 .1741


      Last post brought us yours giving an Acct. of the Death of Poor Dowthwaite your Servant, who we were very much pleased behaved so as to merit yr. Friendship & Esteem, which you show in the most kind Instances. We are much Concerned for the loss of him, which must no doubt as you will observe, be a great grief to his poor parents; however the Character you give of him & the unparalleled  friendship you have shewn him will undoubtedly greatly Conduce to their Contentment.

      We have sent your Letter by a Messenger to Mr Johnson who will think himself much obliged to you, & we fancy will answr. it very soon, & with respect to what poor Ralph Dowthwaite has left we will pay it to her relations when ever you please to order it, & his Cloaths &c may be sent by the George directed to us if the Relations desire it, but this Mr Johnson & we will advise them in as soon as we have an opportunity of seeing them.

      We are much Concerned for the great Change wch is likely to be in the Ministry but hope it will not extend further than the great ones; people here <on this head> talk differently, but at so great a distance may be supposed only Conjecture & what the dissatisfied partie rather wish for, than report from any Certainty. If the Change shou’d extend to Inferior offices we woud be much obliged to you for a hint of it, as we woud make use of our friends to guard against what may happen. We beg pardon for this freedom, but hope you will Excuse it  & are, Sir

      Yours &c Walton & Boag
The last paragraph of this letter presumably refers to the resignation of Robert Walpole as Prime Minister on February 2nd, 1742, and the subsequent turmoil within the Whig faction in government.

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