File GTN 5/9/8 - Letters to and from the Hon. Edward Harbord (including draft replies)

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GTN 5/9/8


Letters to and from the Hon. Edward Harbord (including draft replies)


  • May 1807-Feb 1820 (Creation)

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Civil lawyer. MP for Yarmouth; 1806-1808. All Souls, Oxford and Doctors Commons.

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Born on 10 November 1781, in Albemarle Street, London.
Second son of Harbord Harbord, first Baron Suffield, and his wife, Mary, daughter and coheir of Sir Ralph Assheton, bt, of Middleton, Lancashire. Edward Harbord was born on 10 November 1781. He married Georgiana, daughter and co-heiress of George, second Lord Vernon, on 19 September 1809. She died on 30 September 1824. On 12 September 1826, Edward Harbord married Emily Harriott, youngest daughter of Evelyn Shipley, of Ettington Park, Warwickshire, and Longh Fea Castle, county Monaghan.
Edward Harbord was MP for Great Yarmouth (1806-12) and Shaftesbury (1820-1). He campaigned for better conditions in prisons, the abolition of slavery and the relaxation of game laws. Established Norfolk County Cricket Club.
He died on 6 July 1835, as a result of a fall on a horse.

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Before their transfer derelict estate office at Gunton to the Norfolk Record Office, the records suffered at various times from damp and vermin.

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From: Suffield [1st Lord] (Gunton Park) to Harbord (at Lincoln's Inn) re earlier petition of [William] Jacob and [Abbott] Upcher against election of Harbord and Lushington, concern over Yarmouth election expenses, financial problems, ailments, government, family news. 18 May 1807: Edmund Lacon and other signatories (Yarmouth, Norfolk) giving 'Pledge of Support' for Harbord in connection with petition against his election as Yarmouth MP. 19 Jan 1808: Harbord to Suffield [2nd Lord] re likely dissolution of parliament, intention to resign Yarmouth seat. 1 Jan 1811: Suffield re Harbord's resignation. 7 Jan 1811: Harbord's reply (at Gunton Park) re his astonished reaction to brother's letter [on subject of Harbord's speech on Receiver- Generalship], latter misinterpreted it, dismissal of Lord Petre. 21 Jan 1811: Suffield (Gunton Park) re Harbord's intention to resign [Yarmouth seat], Lord Charles Townshend's wish to stand, asks Harbord to re-consider in view of expenses incurred and family interests. 2 Oct 1811 [Bacon p. 45]: Harbord's reply (in wife's hand) re candidacy, considers Suffield family had good return on sums expended, wants political independence from family. 7 Oct 1811 [Bacon pp. 45-6]: Suffield's reply re candidacy and Harbord's attitude to his decision. 13 Oct 1811: re enjoyment of Gunton, entrance alteration, shooting, thanks to Harbord for [anti-poaching device?], approves Harbord's candidacy for Tories. 25 Jan 1818 [Bacon pp. 54-5]; (Gunton) re candidacy and interest expressed in Harbord by [Charles] Harvey and [Henry] Francis. 22 March 1818 [Bacon p. 55]: (at Newmarket, W. Suffolk) re Harbord's speech at County Meeting, very hurt that Harbord has sided with political enemies of self and late father. 2 Nov 1819 [Bacon p. 91]: Harbord's reply (at Richmond, Surrey) confirming own political independence, non-allegiance to Whigs, defence of right to speak out [on Peterloo]. 3 Nov 1819 [Bacon pp. 91-3]: Lord Grosvenor [Robert, 2nd Earl later 1st Marquess of Westminster] (Grosvenor House) to Harbord (Henbury House) re dissolution of parliament, health of George III. 6 Feb; re offer of Shaftesbury [Dorset] seat, 'I think I can venture to offer it you with no expence or trouble than that of presenting yourself there occasionally and making your bow to the electors', description of borough (not 'rotten') and voting rights, candidacy arrangements, mentions [Abraham] Moore and [John] Jones, Lord Rosebery's [4th Earl-Shaftesbury estate owner] role, Grosvenor's name not to be mentioned [seal intact]. 7 Feb; re Shaftesbury candidacy and need for discretion, Blandford [Forum] arrangements, with endorsement by Harbord re conduct of [Henry] Francis and promise of support from Tory if Harbord maintains 'independent principles'. 9 Feb; expressing wholehearted support (secure seat) for Harbord, and also mentions Robert and Thomas [Grosvenor]. 10 Feb 1820.

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Arranged by Richard Mackenzie Bacon

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Created 07/07/2009 by Droip. Modified 08/08/2019 by Droip.


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