Document ReferencePl C 52/158
TitleLetter from [J.S. Somerville] 14th Lord Somerville, Fitzhead House, Fitzhead, Somerset to [W.H.C. Bentinck] 3rd Duke of Portland; 16 Apr. 1801
Date16 April 1801
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionHas been in the county long enough to ascertain its state; makes no apology for making it known to the duke alone; argues that while the county is tranquil, wants the duke to understand the misery of the poorer classes; they have no bread and 'are sinking daily into their graves from actual want of sustenance'; reports that corn is not being sold any more, and little bread has been baked; explains the situation with barley; asks the duke to ensure that some cargoes of corn are ordered as soon as possible; hopes that some of the corn can be brought back into the markets; regrets that small portion of their produce is not set aside for the use of the poor at the market price of the day; will stay in the county for as long as is necessary.
economic affairs, price regulation
economic affairs, food shortages

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA41487Somerville; John S. (1765-1819); 14th Lord Somerville1765-1819
NA905Bentinck; William H.C. Cavendish- (1738-1809); 3rd Duke of Portland; succ. 17621738-1809
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