Document ReferencePl C 1/636
TitleLetter from John Cossen, Wimpole, to Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford, Dover Street, London; 23 Mar. 1728/9
Date23 March 1729
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionReports that while travelling on the road between Barnet and Hatfield he passed two stage coaches from York and Carlton near Newark whose gentry passengers had been robbed of £40 by four highwaymen; writes that he paid the coachmen 2s 6d each, and that the passengers made affidavits to the local Justices; mentions that he called at the Duke of Devonshire's new house at Odsey and was told that the duke intends to visit Wimpole.

Refers to mares owned by the Duke of Bridgwater and the Duke of Ancaster which are to be bred with the earl's Arabian; mentions a complaint by William Gore; hopes that the pheasant has arrived.

Remainder of letter is damaged, with text loss, leaving meaning obscure.

Letter dated 23 Mar. 1728/9.
Termcrimes, highway robbery
tourism, country houses
animals, horses

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA38997Gore; William (-1735); Mr; gamekeeper at Wimpole-1735
NA18615Cavendish; William (c.1672-1729); 2nd Duke of Devonshire; succ. 1707; styled Lord Cavendish 1684; Marquess of Hartington 1694c.1672-1729
NA39235Bertie; Peregrine (1686-1742); 2nd Duke of Ancaster; succ. 17231686-1742
NA30171Egerton; Scroop (1681-1745); 1st Duke of Bridgwater; cr. 1720; succ. as 5th Earl of Bridgwater 17011681-1745
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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