Henry Fielding

Martin C. Battestin and Clive T. Probyn (eds), The Correspondence of Henry and Sarah Fielding

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57. To the Duke of Bedford Bow Street, 14 May 1750

My Lord

In Obedience to the Commands I have the Honour to receive from your Grace, I shall attend tomorrow Morning and do the utmost in my Power to preserve the Peace on that Occasion.1 I am, with great pg 91Gratitude and Respect, | My Lord, | Yr Grace most obliged | most obed humble Servant

Bow Street

Henry Ffielding

May 14 1750.

Text: ALS Bedford Estates Office (MS Letters, vol. xxv, fol. 93).

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Editor’s Note
1 The Westminster election of Nov.–Dec. 1749 was so vigorously, and improperly, contested that when Sir George Vandeput, the Opposition candidate, lost by a narrow margin he demanded a scrutiny of the votes. Bedford expected renewed public disturbances on 15 May, when, the scrutiny having been concluded at last, the election of his brother-in-law, Viscount Trentham, would be confirmed. On this occasion he would have expected HF, in his capacity as 'Court Justice', to take measures to prevent violent disturbances from occurring. (See above, Letter 55 n. 1.)
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