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Correspondence - Gregory Family


Copy letter, dated at Stivic Hall, near Coventry, from Arthur Gregory to John, third Earl of Bute, first Lord of the Treasury, resigned 1763, relating how, after inheriting his estate, `I was tempted after some years, as my family was not large, to build a better house than I found upon the premises' [see no. 1518] but that, no sooner had he finished the building than his family `began to increase and I have now eight children, my youngest not a year old, without the means of providing for more than third of them' and `with all the external appearance of plenty and comfort, I am the most miserable of beings'; and assuring his lordship that if he `be thought worthy to succed upon the first vacancy of a commissioner of excise, the best wishes of me and mine will ever attend you'. Copy dated at the British Museum, 5 July 1897.