Document ReferencePl C 1/81
TitleLetter to [E. Harley] Lord Harley [later 2nd Earl of Oxford], Wimp[o]le, Cambridgeshire; 1716. Imperfect
Date1716 (c)
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionKnows of Harley's generosity and so describes the hardship he suffered at the hand of the late Duchess of Newcastle; he was a clerk to Thomas Bristowe, Harley's steward, and took on a farm in disrepair at Maplebeck; he [writer] insisted that the rent be abated and the premises repaired; Mr Wenman informed him that the duchess would allow him wood and would set his rent against any repairs he made, and assured him that Bristowe would be left to decide what repairs were fitting; therefore he [writer] repaired the house and paid no rent for a year and a half, expecting the rent to be set off against his own expenses to which Bristowe had given his support; the duchess, however, ordered that he pay the rent, threatening to seize his goods; he consulted Mr Chappell on this matter, who advised him to pay up.

Remainder of letter is damaged, with text loss, leaving meaning obscure; apparently argues that he paid up the rent; when the duchess asked Mr Chappell to remove him [the writer], he asked that someone else be ordered to do it, as he in conscience could not; as a result the duchess discharged him of his collection.

Letter dated from the preceding documents and from internal references.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA38708Bristowe; Thomas (fl 1713-1719); Mr; agent to Edward Lord Harleyfl 1713-1719
NA38740Chappell; Robert (fl 1714-1731); Mr; rent collector and agent to 2nd Earl of Oxford in Nottinghamshirefl 1714-1731
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
NA1047Harley; Edward (1689-1741); 2nd Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; styled Lord Harley 1711-17241689-1741
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