File BOL 2/5, 739X6 - Letters between Betsy Reading and Edward Leathes about their engagement and his forthcoming ordination; letters from Betsy to her parents, and from Edward to her father, Revd James Reading, about reconciliation with his father.

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BOL 2/5, 739X6

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Letters between Betsy Reading and Edward Leathes about their engagement and his forthcoming ordination; letters from Betsy to her parents, and from Edward to her father, Revd James Reading, about reconciliation with his father.

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  • 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 [14]; 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 [8], about marrying at Christmas followed by tour of West Country [16]; 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 [17], the marriage has taken place and she will visit them at Buscot [20], describes visit to Oxford [24], visit to Bayntuns at Nether Court [28], death of her uncle of New College, Oxford [34], totals sums they may expect upon marriage [47], has behaved imprudently with a young man she had never seen before [50].

Also includes letters from Edward to Revd James Reading, about reconciliation with his father [2], Betsy to her parents from Sarsden [20, 22], Chipping Norton [25-27, 30], Buscott [37-38], Revd James Reading to Betsy [41, 46].

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BOL/2/1/5

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82d32ad5-25c0-4986-99e0-a40eb4f8b808

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Created 19/07/2004 by Droip. Modified 20/02/2018 by Drojr.

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