File BL/CS 1/20/1/1-25 - Correspondence of Philip Case with Peter Leheup senior and junior, Sir Edward Williams of Llangoid Castle and his wife Mary, John Lloyd of Peterwell and his wife Eliza, John Noyes and Savage Mostyn, and letters of Charles Wray, Gunthorp, to the Lloyds. The letters relate to settlements made by Sir Edward Williams on his wife, the sale of an estate at Middleton, Norfolk, otherwise called the Lambard estate (Isaac Leheup married Elizabeth Lambard), to Admiral Savage Mostyn (c 1713-1767), and investment of the purchase moneys in the funds. Some letters are franked by Welsh MPs and by the bishop of Llandaff.

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Correspondence of Philip Case with Peter Leheup senior and junior, Sir Edward Williams of Llangoid Castle and his wife Mary, John Lloyd of Peterwell and his wife Eliza, John Noyes and Savage Mostyn, and letters of Charles Wray, Gunthorp, to the Lloyds. The letters relate to settlements made by Sir Edward Williams on his wife, the sale of an estate at Middleton, Norfolk, otherwise called the Lambard estate (Isaac Leheup married Elizabeth Lambard), to Admiral Savage Mostyn (c 1713-1767), and investment of the purchase moneys in the funds. Some letters are franked by Welsh MPs and by the bishop of Llandaff.

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  • 1751-1753 (Creation)

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(1712-1792)

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Born c 1712 in Great Fransham, and died on 11 April 1792 in King's Lynn. He was the son of Thomas Case and Hester Freeman.
The most successful attorney in King's Lynn in the eighteenth century. The son of a farmer at Fransham, he set up his practice on completion of his articles in 1733, became a freeman of King's Lynn by the end of the year, was elevated to the council on the same day, and married into a local gentry family in the following year. His outstanding abilities soon brought him a large clientele. While still in his twenties he was acting for the second viscount Townshend and Sir John Turner of Warham, and was deputy clerk of the peace. By mid-career he was acting as 'man of business' to many of the landed families of north-west Norfolk, not only as an attorney but often as land agent and steward of their manors - being described as 'the greatest and cleverest court keeper in England' in 1768. He became comptroller of customs at King's Lynn in 1754, and clerk of the peace in 1760.
Throughout his life he purchased property, eventually accumulating estates at Stradsett, Crimplesham and Fincham, Gayton Thorpe and East Walton, Grimston, and Gaywood, Mintlyn and Bawsey. Although he had manor houses at Stradsett and Gaywood, he continued to live at King's Lynn, where he was mayor in 1745, 1764, 1777, and 1786. He had three daughters - Pleasance and Hester who married Thomas Bagge and Samuel Browne, both prominent Lynn merchants, and Sarah, the only one to survive him, who married Anthony Hamond of Westacre. He died worth approximately £100,000 in land and investments.

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Including letter from M[ary] Williams, Llangoid Castle, to [Case]: Case has reason to resent Sir Edward's warm expressions which are the result of his hasty temper, but the delay in selling the estate will render Sir Edward, herself, and their unborn child wretchedly miserable for years; the mortgagee is impatient for his money and Sir Edward may be sent to prison for debt, 3 Mar 1752[3]; memorandum of lease by John and Eliza Lloyd to Robert Bayfield of barn and yard in Middleton, 4 Sep 1753; Sir Edward Williams, Llangoid Castle, to Philip Case: resents his wife having to give her consent to his receiving the annual interest from her fortune, with appointment for Christopher Cooper to receive these sums, but also a satirical version of same, witnessed by his two pointer bitches which were lying by the fireside. With copy letter by Case pointing out that Williams has mistaken the whole affair and wronged him, 3 Nov 1753.

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Created 10/03/2009 by Droip. Modified 25/07/2019 by Catherine.Collins.

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