- 1773 (Creation)
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2/5/1, 3-19,21,23-4, 28-9, 30-6, 39-40, 42-5, 47-50 Jan- Dec 1773, letters between Betsy Reading, mainly at Woodstock, and Edward Leathes, at Bury and Strumpshaw: he professes his love, regrets past errors, and sends turgid poetry; she promises not reproach him for what is past, urges him to pursue his studies and keep within his income; she will never ask him to take a book in hand after he is ordained ; their health and social events; attitude of their fathers towards their engagement; including Edward to Betsy about action against his cousin for breach of promise , about marrying at Christmas followed by tour of West Country ; Betsy to Edward to Edward hinting at forthcoming marriage of Margaret Pryse and Edward Loveden when she goes to Pershore - her father continues inflexible and will give her no fortune , the marriage has taken place and she will visit them at Buscot , describes visit to Oxford , visit to Bayntuns at Nether Court , death of her uncle of New College, Oxford , totals sums they may expect upon marriage , has behaved imprudently with a young man she had never seen before .
Also includes letters from Edward to Revd James Reading, about reconciliation with his father , Betsy to her parents from Sarsden [20, 22], Chipping Norton [25-27, 30], Buscott [37-38], Revd James Reading to Betsy [41, 46].