File GTN 5/9/40 - Letters to Lord Suffield

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GTN 5/9/40


Letters to Lord Suffield


  • Aug 1829-Dec 1830 (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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From: Samuel Bamford (Middleton) re destruction of property belonging to Spitalfields silk weavers by workers, lists advantages of industry's removal to Middleton. 6 Aug: John Spencer Stanhope (Holkham) re enclosed letter from Lord Ribblesdale (not encl.), negotiations with same, writer's wife's pregnancy; re enclosed letter from Lord Ribblesdale concerning wild cattle [Bacon p. 286] and enclosing Lord Ribblesdale [2nd Lord] (Parlington Park, Yorks., W.R.) to Stanhope re Suffield's white cattle, cross breeding, colour [Bacon p. 286]: Nov-Dec: T.H. Batcheler (Gt. Yarmouth) re Suffield's purchase of Horstead Estate. 21 Nov [Bacon p. 285]: 1829: J.P. Jones (North Bovey Rectory, Exeter) to Suffield re 'open courts' and press reporting, benefits. 21 Jan: William Tooke (Russell Square) re Suffield's financial contributions to charities, Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, Suffield's 'enforced residence in the country due to agricultural disturbances', previous good relations between landlords and tenants, Mendicity Society activities, comments on parochial charity and its misapplication, Houseless Society, Asylums-activities, Irish percentage of needy, chimney sweeps, mentions Agar Ellis PM as main supporter, 'London University … proceeds slowly but surely', liberal public apathetic to it, especially dissenters and Catholics, their ingratitude, writer's nephew's death. 23 Feb: Edmund Wodehouse MP (St James's Square) re his Bill to rate owners of small houses instead of occupiers, Poor Rates, wages of agricultural labourers, wages and relief, wages and prices, lessons from French Revolution, farm produce prices. 5 March: Lord Dacre re health, attending Lords, Forgery Bill, proxies no use in committee. 27 June: (at Chesterfield Street) re notification to Suffield if needs to attend[?], mentions Peel, Regency discussions. 30 June: re his voting against Thetford Bill, Address of Grant Jury, thoughts on political scene, need for Duke of Wellington to include in ranks 'men of business and discretion', view on Commons division on settlement of civil list, mentions Brougham, William IV, wants rams from Coke. July: Lord Albemarle (Quidenham Hall) re suitable course of action and readiness, gratitude for Suffield's help over son [Edward George Keppel]. Aug 10; re general agreement between himself and Suffield except on Edmund Wodehouse, Wodehouse case represents 'severe warning to any Tory disposed to liberal principles', county politics, candidate question, rules out Sir Jacon Astley, but Beauchamp [Proctor] likely choice, problems over son [E. George Keppel], Suffield and writer in disagreement on latter's nominations. 12 Aug [Bacon p. 312]; re election celebrations at Corn Exchange, not in agreement, reasons for non-attendance at dinner. 14 Sept: The Hon. Edward George Keppel (Quidenham Hall) re Suffield's interest in him. 18 Aug: T.W.Coke (Holkham Hall) re [subject illegible]. 13 Sept 1830; re [building of bridge, new county paper]. 13 Sept 1830; re county petition [parliamentary reform], invitation to Gunton, Holkham accounts, pheasants, opinion on Norfolk traders. 17 June 1831: J. Townshend (Yarrow, Elmham, Norfolk) re Suffield as an active magistrate, prisoners. 27 Oct:
Correspondence from Lord Melbourne [2nd Viscount-Home Sec.] to Suffield on agricultural protests dated Nov-Dec 1830:- Melbourne (Home Office) agreeing with what Suffield proposes but need to take care what does with arms, 'I have a good deal exceeded my power' but considered emergency required it, 'for God's sake be careful with them' (marked 'secret and confidential' and written in Lord Melbourne's hand). 28 Nov; re arms, reprimand, Suffield not to distribute them amongst magistrates, advises giving them to Militia Depot (marked 'private' and in Melbourne's hand). 29 Nov; re sending of arms and ammunition from Harwich to Norwich, mentions Dean of Norwich. 2 Dec, [Bacon p.330]; expresses gratitude to Suffield for efforts to promote peace. 3 Dec; re Suffield's letter, penalties on those refusing to be sworn in as special constables, farmers' actions, considers Suffield's proposal to discontinue use of saw mills represents capitulation. 5 Dec; expressing approval of Suffield's measures in restoring peace and arresting machine breakers (6 Dec 1830) and enclosing printed circular - 'Instructions for heads of sections, swearing-in of special constables and riot procedure and conduct'; re special constables and law enforcement. 9 Dec:
Col. Sir John Wodehouse (Norwich) re agricultural disturbances, appointment of Special Constables, thanks Suffield for his services. 6 Dec; (Witton) re arms ordered, conduct of Felmingham labourers, 'distressing business', meeting of Smallburgh hundreds. 11 Dec; re Thetford question, Address sent to Lord Chancellor (his predecessor in agreement), mentions Lushington, Lord Brougham. 26 Dec: William Howe Windham (Felbrigg) re frequent non-agreement on magesterial issues between self and Suffield, expects mutual agreement on need to suppress 'Allens' lodging at Cromer, efforts to catch incendiaries and put them in Walsingham Gaol (especially John Brown and 2 black accomplices), need for parish constables to search premises 3 times daily for suspicious characters. 21 Dec: [John] Weyland (Woodrising, Attleborough, Norfolk) re trials of rioters and 'ordinary prisoners' at next Quarter Sessions, time pressures, proposals, employment of agricultural labourers, allotments to cottagers. 27 Dec: also including:- [Thomas] Thornton (Great Surrey Street) to R.M. Bacon re Suffield's plan, allotting of estate land to cottagers, writer's review of agricultural schemes for benefit of poor, list of questions concerning land, rents, quality et al.. 10 Dec: 1830: also including:- Facsimile statement by Lord Brougham and other shareholders of London University (incl. Suffield) following a supplemental issue of shares to provide additional accommodation (nd) and enclosing copy letter from Brougham. 23 July 1829: Bacon's list marked 'schedule no.14'.

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Arranged by Richard Mackenzie Bacon

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Created 07/07/2009 by Droip. Modified 18/02/2020 by Drojr.


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