Martin C. Battestin and Clive T. Probyn (eds), The Correspondence of Henry and Sarah Fielding
49. To the Duke of Richmond1 Bow Street, 8 Apr. 1749
Bow Street Apḷ 8 1749
In Obedience to the Com͂ands which I had the Honṛ to receive from yr Grace, I spoke not only to the Keeper of Newgate2 but to one of the High Sheriffs3 in order to have Drury4 brought to the same Tavern where Winter5 was examined. This they both agreed (and that rightly) could not be done as Drury is not only charged on two Indictments, but is likewise in Execution for Debt, so that the Goaler would be guilty of an Escape, if he suffered him to go out of ye Liberties of the Prison. And as for examining him in Newgate, which I would readily do, that would be contrary to Law, Newgate being in the City of London and consequently out of my Jurisdiction. He can therefore be examined there only by a Magistrate of that City. As I shall always esteem it one of the highest Honours to receive the Commands of your Grace, it gives much Uneasiness that it is in this Instance out pg 82of my Power to execute them. I hope, my Lord, nothing hath intervened to prevent me of the Honour which Mr Bodens6 gave me some Expectation that your Grace and the Duke of Mountagu7 intended me, and with the Hopes of which I so agreeably flattered myself.8 Your Grace hath done me many Favours; but I assure you, my Lord, you will do me no more than Justice in believing me to be with the utmost Gratitude and Respect, | My Lord, | Yṛ Graceṣ most obliged | most obedt | humble Servant
Address: To his Grace | The Duke of Richmond
Text: ALS West Sussex Record Office, Chichester (Goodwood MS 110, fol. 159).