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TitleLetter from John Cossen, Wimpole, to Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire; 10 Sep. 1727
Date10 September 1727
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionReports that in the Hertfordshire election Mr Caesar received most votes, Sir Thomas Seabright was also returned, and Mr Freeman the sitting member was defeated; describes a terrible fire in a barn at Burwell which took place while many people were watching a performance; states that there was only one door which was openable and that panic caused a crush; adds that 80 bodies have been found and a further 120 people are unaccounted for; 'the Andrew', a player, escaped but is so badly burned he is not expected to recover.

Mentions that Henry Flanders wishes to stay in the earl's employment; adds that there is a great epidemic of fever in the neighbourhood but that now the weather is getting cooler it is hoped that it will die down.
Termelections, Hertfordshire 1727
fires, barn
death, from burning
medical conditions, fever

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA39190Sebright; Thomas S. (1692-1736); 4th Baronet; MP of Beechwood Hertfordshire1692-1736
NA39191Caesar; Charles (1673-1741); Mr; MP for Hertfordshire 1727-34 1736-41; of Benington Herts1673-1741
NA39192Freman; Ralph (c. 1665-1742); Mr; MP for Hertfordshire 1697-1727; of Aspenden Hertsc. 1665-1742
NA39193Flanders; Henry (fl 1727-1728); Mr; servant at Wimpolefl 1727-1728
NA38705Cossen; John (fl 1713-1738); Mr; wood agent later chief agent of 2nd Earl of Oxford at Wimpolefl 1713-1738
NA1047Harley; Edward (1689-1741); 2nd Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; styled Lord Harley 1711-17241689-1741
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