File GTN 5/9/22 - Letters to and from the Hon. Edward Harbord (including draft replies)

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GTN 5/9/22


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


  • Mar-Nov 1819 (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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Born 2 August 1788. Brother of Elizabeth Fry. Anti-slavery and prison reform. Theological writings. From 1805, a partner at Gurney's Bank. Died 4 January 1847. Buried at Gildencroft, Norwich.

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Born 4 December 1779, first son of Henry Vernon, 3rd Baron Vernon and his wife Elizabeth Rebecca Anne. Married Frances Maria. Father to George John, 5th Baron Vernon in 1802, succeeded father in 1829, d 17 September 1837. Succeeded by George John (son).

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Correspondence (mainly re electioneering) between 1) Joseph John Gurney and 2) Henry Francis and Harbord (at Park Place-March / Henbury and Mudeford-Sept) dated March-November 1819 and enclosed together:sub-bundle:- 1) Harbord to Gurney re Norwich Council ward elections and corruption, General Elections, mentions Lushington and Samuel Hoare. 20 March [Bacon pp.71-2]; Gurney's reply (Earlham Hall, Norfolk) re ward election-corrupt electioneering practices and similarity with General Elections, joint party action needed, bribery legality?, mentions Joseph Gurney [uncle], Lushington and Hoare, Scilly Islands. 22 March [Bacon pp 72-3]: Harbord's reply re electioneering practices, possible preventive measures - joint party action, London Scilly Islands Committee, Lord Exmouth, fishing employment. 23 March: Gurney's reply re his general agreement with Harbord's letter on capital punishment. 23 March: Harbord re electioneering practices, plan of action, mentions [Samuel] Gurney [J.J. Gurney's brother], Lushington, Hoare, understanding with Gurney family, joint declaration, Francis, praises [F.E.] Gordon, Criminal Code revision committee meeting. 27 March: Gurney (at Hunstanton, Norfolk) re writer's activities, Francis and signatories to joint party declaration, further action, Mendicity meeting, local gentry, religious thoughts, Lord Rosebery, Holkham marriage [Eliza Grace Coke to Henry Venables Vernon?], George [Charles] Vernon and wife attending, Harbord's mixing business with pleasure. 16 August [Bacon pp. 79-80]; Gurney (Norwich) re Priscilla's [his sister] illness, opposition to joint party declaration, prison discipline, Harbord and wife's impending visit, thoughts on life and religion. 11 Sep [Bacon pp. 80-1]: Gurney (Earlham Hall) re Harbord's visit, agreement on Peterloo, thoughts on politics, Norwich [County] meeting, Peterloo, why non-attendance, 'radicals….extremely mischievous' - circulation of tracts amongst poor, 'Medusa' - 'Tom Paine is innocence compared with it', anticipates lack of support for Harbord by Norwich Tories, Harbord's 'whiggism', promise of own support, religious thoughts. 23 Sep; Gurney (Norwich) re Francis, electioneering problems, Harbord's family and baby's good health, girls 'so finely', praise for Harbord, thoughts on religion and life, recent County Meeting and Harbord's conduct, resulting problems, enclosures (not encl.), praises Harbord, Tory Alderman [Thomas] Thurtell's approval of Harbord's politics, Bible Society. 9 Nov: 2) Francis (Norwich) re corrupt electioneering practices and problems in eradication. 27 March : Harbord's reply re joint party co-operation as solution, election reform postponement, Mendicity and Scilly Islands Committees, prison visiting, prisoners' offences-information needed, Duke of York's debts. 29 March [Bacon pp. 77-8]: Francis re Harbord's speech on Peterloo at County Meeting and consequences-loss of Tory part support, parties' attitudes to Harbord [illegible section]. 27 Nov [Bacon pp.95-6]: Col. Sir John Wodehouse (Witton Park, Norfolk) re Norfolk Declaration. 8 Nov [Bacon p. 88].

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Arranged by Richard Mackenzie Bacon

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