Abingdon, Oxfordshire



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Correspondence between Betsy Reading and her parents, and with her future husband Edward Leathes; letters relating to their clandestine marriage in September, and their subsequent stay with Betsy's aunt and uncle at Strumpshaw; letter from Revd Philip Reading to his brother James about his difficulties in America due to the political situation.

2/5/1-4, 10-13, 15 Mar-Aug 1774 letters between Betsy Reading, at Charlbury House, and her parents at Woodstock, including from Revd James Reading suggesting she views Saturn's ring through Mr Holloway's telescope [2].
Letters between Betsy Reading and Edward Leathes, at Herringfleet and Strumpshaw, many about their scheme to marry clandestinely [6, 7, 8, 9, 14.
Printed card for Abingdon races 13-15 September with, verso, 'Immediately upon her return from these Races, Miss Reading went to London & was married to the Revd Edward Leathes' [5]
2/5/14 5 Sep letter to Revd James Reading from Edward and Elizabeth Leathes, Queen's Head, Holborn, announcing their marriage.
2/5/15 6 Sep Revd Philip Reading, Apoquiniminck [Appoquinimink, Delaware, US], to brother Revd James Reading, Woodstock: American affairs and grievances - impossible for any individual not to be involved - he is detested and abhorred as the supposed author of a pamphlet and may prefer a curacy in a remote part of England where could eat his bread in peace.
2/5/17-18, 20 Sep-Dec letters between Edward and Elizabeth 'Betsy' Leathes at Strumpshaw and Reedham, and her parents at Woodstock: Leathes has married her without a penny of fortune [20]; mother wishes they had waited until Leathes was in orders and presented to his living [21]; furnishings bought and needed [20]; the bishop has delayed the ordination [28]; Betsy's aunt Mrs Nelson is not so kind to them as they could wish and does not choose that they should stay at Strumpshaw beyond Christmas [32]; their removal to Reedham and complaints of the Nelsons' treatment of them [34].
2/5/19, 35-6 1774-1775 Margaret and Edward Loveden, Buscott, to Elizabeth Leathes: congratulations on marriage; death of Margaret's grandmother; Betsy's pregnancy.
2/5/37 Unsigned and undated letter possibly from John Leathes to his brother George.