Document ReferencePl C 63/4
TitleLetter from F. Bainbridge to [Edward Harley] Lord Harley, Wimpole near Cambridge; 8 Feb. 1720/1
Date8 February 1721
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionExplains that it was entirely by accident that his dogs killed one of Lord Harley's deer, and that Edmund Woodhead's version of events is false; encloses a copy of a letter from the Duke of Kingston [not present] by which it seems clear that his case has been misrepresented; is very keen not to lose the good opinion of the Duke; writes that in his father's time the Duke understood that deer from Welbeck did much damage to Bainbridge's family's livelihood; adds that his dogs never attack deer in the fields even though they rampage through his crops, but that the accident happened because the animal entered the yard.

Complains that falsehoods have been spread about him by Lord Harley's servant Mr Woodhead, 'one of the most Profligate Wretches in the Christian World'; accuses him of severe misconduct in his duties and of poaching when he should have been at church.

Letter dated 8 February 1720-21.
Termcrimes, poaching
sports, hunting, deer
domestic affairs, servants, bad behaviour of

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA41862Woodhead; Edmund (fl 1721); Mr; servant to Edward Lord Harleyfl 1721
NA7995Pierrepont; Evelyn (c.1665-1726); 1st Duke of Kingston upon Hull; cr. Duke 1715 1st Marquess of Dorchester of 2nd creation 1706; 5th Earl of Kingstonc.1665-1726
NA41863Bainbridge; F. (fl 1721); Mrfl 1721
NA1047Harley; Edward (1689-1741); 2nd Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; styled Lord Harley 1711-17241689-1741
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