Sub-sub-series BL/CS 1/12/5-37 - Letters to Philip Case from Sir Charles Peyton at London, Twickenham, etc., about his Grimston estate, his urgent need for money in advance of his rents, the conveyance of Smith's farm in Grimston to Case, 1753, and further angry appeals for money.

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BL/CS 1/12/5-37


Letters to Philip Case from Sir Charles Peyton at London, Twickenham, etc., about his Grimston estate, his urgent need for money in advance of his rents, the conveyance of Smith's farm in Grimston to Case, 1753, and further angry appeals for money.


  • 1749-1757 (Creation)

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Born c 1712 in Great Fransham, and died on 11 April 1792 in King's Lynn. He was the son of Thomas Case and Hester Freeman.
The most successful attorney in King's Lynn in the eighteenth century. The son of a farmer at Fransham, he set up his practice on completion of his articles in 1733, became a freeman of King's Lynn by the end of the year, was elevated to the council on the same day, and married into a local gentry family in the following year. His outstanding abilities soon brought him a large clientele. While still in his twenties he was acting for the second viscount Townshend and Sir John Turner of Warham, and was deputy clerk of the peace. By mid-career he was acting as 'man of business' to many of the landed families of north-west Norfolk, not only as an attorney but often as land agent and steward of their manors - being described as 'the greatest and cleverest court keeper in England' in 1768. He became comptroller of customs at King's Lynn in 1754, and clerk of the peace in 1760.
Throughout his life he purchased property, eventually accumulating estates at Stradsett, Crimplesham and Fincham, Gayton Thorpe and East Walton, Grimston, and Gaywood, Mintlyn and Bawsey. Although he had manor houses at Stradsett and Gaywood, he continued to live at King's Lynn, where he was mayor in 1745, 1764, 1777, and 1786. He had three daughters - Pleasance and Hester who married Thomas Bagge and Samuel Browne, both prominent Lynn merchants, and Sarah, the only one to survive him, who married Anthony Hamond of Westacre. He died worth approximately £100,000 in land and investments.

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(5) Sir Charles Peyton, Maeslough, to John Peyton: will do all he can to help him but does not know how his wife's friends will oblige him now she is dead; asks what he wants to do - as a young man himself, will not presume to advise him. 26 Sep 1749
(6-7) Charles Peyton, Southampton Street, Covent Garden, to [Philip Case]: encloses cousin John Peyton's receipt for interest on his legacy from Sir Yelverton Peyton; will not press him for an account of his affairs yet. 13 Nov 1750
(8) Sir Charles Peyton, Twickenham, to Philip Case: gave his bond for £100 to a man who has since died and whose executors demand immediate payment; asks Case to assist him and to stop it out of the first moneys he receives from Peyton's estate. 13 Nov 1751
(20) Sir Charles Peyton to [Philip Case]: urgent need for money as he is to stay with Sir Thomas Dashwood in Bath and he does not want him to think he is short of money, and Sir Thomas wants his sisters to go to Yorkshire before the marriage takes place. Endorsed 'about Miss Hare'. [Feb 1754]
(22) William Clarke, St Paul's Church Yard, London, to Philip Case: his client Mr John Davies of Oxford Road, Westminster, distiller, is owed £500 by Sir Charles Peyton, secured by a mortgage dated 1750 on Peyton's estates in Grimston, Gayton and Congham in the occupation of John Smith; asks how to contact Peyton. 22 Apr 1755
(25) Philip Case, Lynn, to William Clarke: he purchased Peyton's estates several years ago, and they were mortgaged to him some years before Clarke's client's mortgage. [copy] 25 Apr 1755
(34) Philip Case, Lynn, to Sir Charles Peyton: as Peyton's estates are in Chancery he cannot make any payments without permission of the court; he bought John Smith's farm after being offered it by Peyton on several occasions; he never charged interest on the sums advanced while employed by Peyton; refers to the latter's letters wherein he 'amused me with a particular Transaction about a Lady merely to get Money from me'. [copy] see BL/CS 1/12/20. 10 Oct 1756
(36) Sir Charles Peyton to Philip Case: thanks for gift of £100. 25 Dec 1756

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Created 10/03/2009 by Droip. Modified 25/07/2019 by Catherine.Collins.


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