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Miscellaneous correspondence

James Reading and his wife; Betsy and her parents, mostly re family news and Betsy's social life; James and his brothers, including letters from Philip, a missionary in Pennsylvania concerning his feelings as he sets off 1746, slaves, 1748, the war against the French in America and a description of Pennsylvania, 1759.

2/1/1 19 Jul 1740, Thomas Reading, Gold Street, to his brother James Reading [1721-1790] [at Oxford]: his capacity and diligence are such that in time he may arrive 'at a Superiour Station in Life'.
2/1/2 7 May 1746, Revd Philip Reading, Antelope at Spithead, to brother Revd James Reading, Woodstock: has been appointed missionary in lower parts of Pennsylvania near Maryland at a salary of £60p.a.; chooses to cross seas a third time as prefers western world to Europe - fruit is so plentiful that farmers fatten hogs on peaches, and the better sort of people are of an affable humane disposition.
2/1/3 10 Oct 1748, Revd Philip Reading, Apoquiniminck [Appoquinimink, Delaware], to brother Thomas Reading, East India House, London: delighted with wig 'Alamode Paris'; has married a Dutchwoman, widow of a Frenchman, and now has three slaves; although he can live in a plentiful, genteel manner, his health is poor and he lives a lonesome retired life; asks for frequent letters, the latest London Magazine, and recent newspapers.
2/1/4 21 Feb 1753, Revd James Reading, Woodstock, to brother Thomas Reading, Sion College, near Cripple Gate, London: sends gift of a hare; is rendered a mere skeleton & cripple by the rheumatism but praises his wife's care.
2/1/5 29 Dec 1758, Revd James Reading, Sion College, to his wife Mrs [Elizabeth] Reading: his brother's house is fitted up in a most elegant manner; Betsy is delighted with London. With letter from Betsy to her grandfather [William Hoare; written by father].
2/1/6 1 Jan 1759 Revd Philip Reading, Apoquiniminck [Appoquinimink, Delaware], to brother Revd James Reading, Woodstock: his family; fellow Oxonians in America; defeat of General Braddock and subsequent course of the war; describes Pennsylvania and Philadelphia - has 200 acres, of which he farms 50, and is building a brick house.
2/1/7 31 Mar 1759, Thomas Reading, Sion House, to brother Revd Philip Reading, Apoquiniminck [Appoquinimink, Delaware]: laments that the family is scattered; brother Will now a physician at St Kitts; sister has married Mr Nelson, rector of Eriswell, Suffolk, whose relations are people of considerable fortune - they have near £200 p.a.; glad Philip is remote from scene of war with French.
2/1/8-9 4, 11 Dec 1761, Revd James Reading, Woodstock, to daughter Betsy Reading, at Mrs Wheatly's, Oxford.
2/1/10-11, 1765, 1766, Revd James Reading, Sion College, to Mrs Reading, Woodstock: his journeys, incl. detailed account of journey by stagecoach.
2/1/12 6 May 1768, Lewis Pryse, New Palace Yard, Westminster, to Miss [Betsy] Reading, Woodstock: instructions from his sister, who is ill, about furnishing a room.
2/1/13 Friday morning, nd, T. Townshend, Buscott, to Miss [Betsy] Reading, Woodstock: asks her to deliver enclosed letter to Miss Pryse. [Betsy's friend Margaret Pryse married Edward, son of Thomas Townsend of Buscot, on 15 July 1773, Edward having taken the name of Loveden the year previously.]
2/1/14-20, Jul-Sep 1768, Betsy Reading to her parents from Sarsden, Hampton Gay, Swalcliffe, Sion College: describes visits, purchase of mourning for her uncle Thomas Reading; will not send contents of his will but is very well contented with her share.
2/1/21-27 Sep 1768, Revd James Reading, Sion College, to Mrs Reading at Woodstock: his brother's funeral at Mortlake; settling of his affairs as executor; arrangements for services to be taken in his absence.
2/1/28 10 Oct 1768, Revd James Reading, Woodstock, to Betsy Reading, Sion College: it is rumoured that she has a large fortune and is even married - advises her to be cautious in her correspondence with Miss Bradley.
2/1/29-33 Oct-Nov 1768, Betsy Reading, Sion College, to Revd James Reading, Woodstock: her uncle's affairs - money owing to Sion College; went to theatre and saw their Majesties; packing books and china to send helped by Mr Peach's servant; social engagements; does not expect to hear from Miss Bradley who is 'violently huff'd'; wishes to borrow £20 from her grandfather to buy lottery ticket requested by Miss Pryse.
2/1/34-5 Nov 1768, Revd James Reading, Sion College, to Mrs Reading, Woodstock: social events; Betsy wedded to London life.
2/1/36 30 Nov 1768, Betsy Reading, Woodstock, to Revd James Reading, Sion College: social events; wishes she were at Sion College to join a party to the theatre.
2/1/37 30 Nov 1768, Revd James Reading, Cheapside, to Betsy Reading, Woodstock: her commissions in London, etc.

Betsy and her parents re Betsy's life at school and her social life; Margaret Pryse to Betsy; Philip Reading to James Reading re their brother's death and estate.

2/2/1 11 Apr 1769 Revd James Reading, Woodstock [sic] to Betsy Reading, Woodstock: details of journey to London; had discussion with Mr Peach about her affairs which he will tell her about when he returns home; executorship affairs in a perplexed state and likely to be attended with great expense.
2/2/2 18 Apr 1769 Margaret Pryse, London, to Betsy Reading, Woodstock: travelled to London in company with a gentleman of the Temple appearing as reserved as possible having been warned 'he is apt to take great liberties with ladies if he has the least encouragement; intends to talk to Mr Peach 'about his dear Betsy'.
2/2/3 8 Jun 1769, Revd Philip Reading, Apoquiniminck [Appoquinimink, Delaware, US] to brother Revd James Reading, Woodstock: death of brother Thomas not unexpected; his will; wish they should keep up this correspondence now started; values family connection; lives remote from New York and Philadelphia, though people talk freely of government measures, public commotions have not yet interrupted their repose.
2/2/4-8 Sep-Oct, Betsy Reading to Revd Mr & Mrs Reading, Woodstock: visiting her grandfather William Hoare in Oxford and Vassar family at Winchendon.
2/2/9 14 Nov 1769, Revd James Reading, London, to Betsy Reading, Woodstock: errands in London; has invested £200 in stock; rain may prevent him from going to Drury Lane to see Garrick as Benedict.
2/2/10 15 Nov 1769, Betsy Reading, Woodstock, to Revd James Reading at the Black Bull, Holborn: asks for news of godson, Uncle Nelson's son; excellent theatre company at Woodstock; etc.
2/2/11 16 Nov 1769, Revd James Reading, London, to Betsy Reading, Woodstock: describes plays seen at Covent Garden and Drury Lane.
2/2/12 22 Jan 1770, Betsy Reading, Newgate Street, to Revd James Reading, Woodstock: staying with Pococks; saw the charity children sup at Christ's Hospital; Mr Harris, mathematical master, showed them Saturn through his telescope; her clothes look countrified and old-fashioned.
2/2/13 30 Jan 1770, Betsy Reading, Newgate Street, to Revd James Reading, Woodstock: London amusements; painters' studios; etc.
2/2/14 2 Feb 1770, Revd James Reading, Woodstock, to Betsy Reading, Newgate Street, London: her visit to London [torn].
2/2/15-17 Feb 1770, Betsy Reading, Newgate Street, to Revd James Reading, Woodstock: London entertainments; if she tells them everything in her letters she will have nothing to entertain them with at her return. [3 letters]
2/2/18-20 Mar 1770, Betsy Reading, Swalcliffe and Chipping Norton, to Revd James Reading, Woodstock: visits to friends. [3 letters]
2/2/21 7 Jun 1770, Betsy Reading, Oxford, to Revd James Reading, Woodstock: Oxford news.
2/2/22 7 Jun 1770, Revd Philip Reading, Apoquiniminck [Appoquinimink, Delaware, US] to brother Revd James Reading, Woodstock: asks for details of their brother's property at Sheen; now he is 'on the decline of life' he may make a will and needs to have a clear understanding. The Oxford Magazines - a mean performance; his duties as a clergyman.
2/2/23-27 Jul-Oct, Betsy Reading, Oxford, Painswick, to Revd James Reading, Woodstock: visit to Oxford, including letters in schoolgirl French; news of Pryse family. [5 letters]
2/2/28 8 Oct 1770, Revd James Reading, Woodstock, to Betsy Reading, at Lewis Pryse's esq., Painswick: Corporation of Oxford entertained at Blenheim.
2/2/29 11 Oct 1770, Betsy Reading, Painswick, to Revd James Reading, Woodstock: visits to Fort George and Gloucester; a Mr Loveden has come to stay for a week [Edward Loveden who married Margaret Pryse in 1773].

Letters of Betsy Reading to her parents, mainly from Strumpshaw, about her engagement to Edward Leathes, with letters to Edward Leathes on her return to Woodstock

2/3/1 26 Feb 1771, Revd James Reading, Nando's Coffee House, to Betsy Reading: does not think that the new road in Henley was worth the money spent on it - said to be £4,000; is to collect presentation to Stonesfield; saw Captain Bertie who gave him a frank; Mr Nelson [his brother-in-law William Nelson] is in town for institution to a new living of £350 p.a.
2/3/2 28 Feb 1771, Betsy Reading, Woodstock, to Revd James Reading, Nando's Coffee House, near Temple Bar: suggests going to Strumpshaw with Uncle Nelson.
2/3/3-9 Jun-Sep 1771, Betsy Reading, London and Strumpshaw, to Revd & Mrs James Reading, Woodstock: social events, visits Leathes family at Bury St Edmunds with the Nelsons; describes Carteret Leathes and his sons, the third, Edward, is very musical; favourable impression of Bury St Edmunds; including a letter to her grandfather William Hoare [5]; describes Strumpshaw and the rectory; visit to Mr Mussenden at Herringfleet; visit to Yarmouth, week at Norwich; attachment [to Edward Leathes] but will never marry without their approbation; profound secret from her friends. [7 letters]
2/3/10-11 11 Sep 1771, Mrs E. Reading, Woodstock, to Betsy Reading: approves of her match - Tho' so distant we must not make Objections to any part of the World for a good Husband; local news; asks whether the match is agreeable to Edward's family.
2/3/12-14 Sep-Oct 1771, Betsy Reading, Strumpshaw, to Revd James Reading, Woodstock, and William Hoare: Mr Leathes' father not yet acquainted with their attachment - he thinks Edward should wait until he is ordained, although he will not have to wait for a living; two hundred miles sounds a long away but they will soon become accustomed to the journey; preparing to return via London and lists clothes she wishes sent there. [3 letters]
2/3/15 26 Oct 1771, Revd James Reading, Woodstock, to Betsy Reading: local news.
2/3/16-22 31 Oct 1771, Betsy Reading, Strumpshaw, to Revd James Reading, Woodstock: mentions looking up a word Johnson's Dictionary; her clothes need repair and have faded in the sunshine; proposed stay in London.
2/3/17 18 Nov 1771, Betsy Reading, Whetstone, to Edward Leathes, Strumpshaw: details of her journey which she bore surprisingly well apart from a complaint which 'in Oxfordshire we call the horribles'; has been ill since her arrival but is now better.
2/3/18-19 Nov 1771, Betsy Reading, Newgate St and Whetstone, to Revd James Reading, Woodstock: journeys. [2 letters]
2/3/20-22 Nov-Dec 1771, Betsy Reading, Whetstone and Woodstock, to Edward Leathes: her health; could look upon Death with resignation six months ago but now does not wish to waste a precious moment; kindness of Mrs Pocock compared with her aunt; sure he will be assiduous in his studies and will do everything to please his father and brother; copy letter from her grandfather about money he will have to leave - a house he owns in Oxford is likely to be demolished under Act for lighting and paving the streets; her parents are unhappy that his father has not been informed yet; Aunt Nelson's behaviour makes her unhappy - nothing can prevent their union but his not being ordained. [3 letters].

Papers relating to the education of Edward Harbord, licences and certificates.

Includes his matriculation at Christ Church, 1799; certificate for being called to the Bar, 1808; certificate of age, 1798. Also includes a passport, licensing him him to travel through France with his tutor and servant, on their return from Vienna. Issued in 1801, in accordance with 'An Act more effectually to prevent during the War Persons, being his Majesty’s Subjects, from voluntarily repairing to or remaining in France, or any Country or Place united to France, or occupied by the Armies of France, and to prevent Correspondence with such Persons and with His Majesty’s Enemies', passed c. 1776, the passport features the sign-manual of George III.

Edward Harbord; 1781-1835; 3rd Baron Suffield, politician

Travel guides and souvenirs

Includes pamphlet entitled, 'Summary treatise of the Minister in Freyburg in Breisgau', 1840 [no. 1]; a copy of 'Bradshaw's Anglo-French Phrase-Book For Travellers & Students', undated [19th century] [no. 2]; travel guide entitled, 'The English Garden in Munich', undated [19th century] [no. 3]; envelope containing newspaper cutting concerning the holy coat in Treves (Trier) Cathedral, Germany, 1891, filed with souvenir made from satin material relating to relics of Aachen Cathedral, undated [c 1891] [no. 4]; papers relating to relics of Aachen Cathedral, 24 August 1891 [no. 5]; souvenir match striker, undated [1891] [no. 6]; postcard of Jos Kanz, Munich, undated [c 1891] [no. 7]; and photographs taken, possibly by Frederic Eaton while he was in Germany, undated [c 1891] [nos. 8-10].

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