Document ReferencePl C 1/270
TitleLetter from William Wenman, Wimpole, to Edward Harley, Lord Harley [later 2nd Earl of Oxford] at his house near St James's Palace, London; 13 Nov. 1716
Date13 November 1716
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionIs concerned that 'pritty Miss' [Lord Harley's daughter Margaret, later Duchess of Portland] has been prevented from meeting the Dutchess [Margaret Duchess of Newcastle] and fears that the enemies of Lord and Lady Harley have not yet given up; assures Lord Harley of his devoted service; suspects that the Duchess's illness has affected her mind; gives advice on how best to safeguard the Harley family's position, suggesting that they stay at the Duchess's house and gather information; quotes a Derbyshire saying: 'One must hold a Candle to the Devel to light ones self out of Hele'.
Termdisputes, family, Harley family and Duchess of Newcastle
medical conditions, ill health, Margaret Duchess of Newcastle

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA592Holles; Margaret (1661-1716); Duchess of Newcastle upon Tyne; née Cavendish; dau. of 2nd Duke of Newcastle upon Tyne; m 3rd Duke of Newcastle upon Tyne 16901661-1716
NA1079Bentinck; Margaret Cavendish (1715-1785); Duchess of Portland; née Cavendish-Harley; dau. of 2nd Earl of Oxford; m 2nd Duke of Portland 17341715-1785
NA38704Wenman; William (-1750); Mr; secretary and agent to the Duke and Duchess of Newcastle and the Earl and Countess of Oxford-1750
NA1047Harley; Edward (1689-1741); 2nd Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; styled Lord Harley 1711-17241689-1741
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