Document ReferencePw D/113
TitleLetter from William Bentinck, 2nd Duke of Portland, Welbeck Abbey [Nottinghamshire] to Mr John Lucas; 1 Dec. 1742
Date1 December 1742
Content DescriptionConcerning the servants [at Welbeck Abbey] eating in the house; complains about the poor roads around Grantham and Leicestershire, and hopes he can avoid a trip to Grantham if Mr Cant gives the mayor and corporation 10 or 20 guineas to entertain themselves at dinner or supper.

Refers to a letter from Mr Jackson about the vouchers for 1738 and 1739 wanted by [Henry Scudamore Somerset, 3rd] Duke of Beaufort.

Goes on to discuss Lord Dupplin, Mr Rogerson the cook, and a meeting between Mr Lucas and Mr [Robert] Harley.

Postscript: Requests a list of tradesmen, marked up to show which ones that he and Lord Dupplin think have made exorbitant claims; mentions paying sums of money to the huntsman and Mr Brinboeuf; gives the total figure for servants wages at Michaelmas 1742 as £452.1.3.
Termestate business, improvements, Welbeck Abbey
domestic affairs, servants, Welbeck
salaries and wages, domestic servants, 2nd Duke of Portland
roads, Grantham
roads, Leicestershire

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1088Scudamore; Henry Somerset- (1707-1746); 3rd Duke of Beaufort; succ. 1714; assumed name Scudamore 17301707-1746
NA74177Rogerson; - (fl 1743); Mr; Duke of Portland's cookfl 1743
NA40501Brinboeuf; Vincent P. (fl 1737-1743); Mr; agent of the 2nd Duke of Portland at Bulstrodefl 1737-1743
NA11474Hay; Thomas (1710-1787); 9th Earl of Kinnoull; succ. 1758; styled Viscount Dupplin until 17581710-1787
NA1046Bentinck; William (1709-1762); 2nd Duke of Portland1709-1762
NA61219Harley; Robert (c.1707-1774); Mr; barrister; MP; brother of the 3rd Earl of Oxfordc.1707-1774
NA69100Grantham Corporation
NA40443Lucas; John (fl 1714-1759); Mr; of the Inner Temple; agent to the Dukes of Portlandfl 1714-1759
PL982Welbeck Abbey/Nottinghamshire/England
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