MC:P287/C2 Correspondence of Henry Paget and Sir Edward Bagot
MC:P287/C2/1 22nd May 1705
Letter from Paget (address London) to Sir Edward Bagot (no address given). Paget thanks Sir Edward for the favour shown to him at Blithfield, explaining that he would have written sooner, but for a bad cold and toothache. He discusses his search for a property for Sir Edward to rent in London, mentioning specific properties in the neighbourhood of Montague House, in Southampton St. (Bloomsbury Square) and Devonshire St., detailing furnishings, stables, closets, rent, etc. He explains that the best deals are arranged in the summer, as there is less competition, although rent is negotiable. One of the houses discussed had previously been rented by Paget’s cousin Pierrepont, a relation through his mother Frances Pierrepont (d.1681).
MC:P287/C2/2 4th July 1705
Letter from Paget (no address given) to Sir Edward Bagot (no address given). Paget writes about wine, having done some research for Sir Edward. He continues his search for lodgings on Sir Edward’s behalf, but finds no one wanting to ‘engage’ so far in advance of Michaelmas. He promises to continue to investigate, expressing a desire to find him a place near his own.
MC:P287/C2/3 5th Aug. 1706
Letter from Paget (no address given) to Sir Edward Bagot (no address given). Paget offers his condolences for the loss of Lady Wagstaffe (probably Sir Edward’s mother-in-law, Frances Wagstaffe, d.1706). She had seemed to be mending, so the death came as a shock. He sends his sympathy to Sir Edward, as he learned from one Mr. Dolphin (unidentified) that he was suffering from gout again. He mentions that Lord Gower (Sir John Leveson, Lord Gower (d.1709), MP, House of Lords) too has been suffering, despite boasting of his possession of a great cure. He signs himself as Sir Edward’s kinsman.
MC:P287/C2/4 n.d. 
Draft of a letter from Sir Edward Bagot to Paget, written on the (previously blank) reverse of a letter to himself (hence an address in a different hand: ‘For Sir Edward Bagot Baro:t att Blithfield…’). The letter is quite difficult to read, with many words crossed out and some insertions between lines. The addressee is not named, but from its position in the collection and content, we may suppose that it was intended for Paget. Sir Edward writes to thank Paget for his condolences on the death of Lady Wagstaffe. This draft seems to be a response to Paget’s letter of 5th Aug., 1706 (MC:P287/C2/3). Sir Edward also mentions some news that he has heard about the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire (i.e. Henry Paget’s father, Sir William Paget 6th Baron Paget, d.1713).
MC:P287/C2/5 29th Oct. 1706
Letter from Paget (no address given) to Sir Edward Bagot (no address given). Paget expresses his hope that the country air has helped Sir Edward recover, so that he can see him in town soon, in time for the next parliamentary session. He outlines the advantages of being in London during the winter. Sir Edward’s gout has returned once again, so Paget sends his good wishes.
MC:P287/C2/6 10th Dec. 1706
Letter from Paget (no address given) to Sir Edward Bagot (no address given). Paget apologises for the fact that his servant has forgotten to send notes for the last two posts and promises to send post promptly during the parliamentary session. He expresses his regret that Sir Edward’s ‘indisposition’ prevents him from coming to town, and hopes that he will benefit from a planned trip to Bath.
Letter from Paget (no address given) to Sir Edward Bagot (no address given). Paget writes to inform Sir Edward that he did not attend ‘George Parker’s cause’, as per Sir Edward’s wish, as the petition was withdrawn before it came before the Committee. (Perhaps George Parker Esq. of Park Hall, Staffordshire, d.1716, who was involved in a dispute with one Mary Lamb around 1707/8). Sir Edward has again had a relapse of his gout, and Paget wishes that he may soon be well enough to journey to Bath and benefit from the waters, as Lord Gower apparently had. Sir Edward’s condition prevented him from attending this parliamentary session, but Paget hopes that he will be well enough for the next.
MC:P287/C2/8 12th Feb. 1707
Letter from Paget (address, Admiralty Office) to Sir Edward Bagot (no address given). Paget writes to ask for the continuance of Sir Edward’s favour, as he has learned from correspondents in Staffordshire that there are three new members proposing themselves for the next election. He anticipates that all of them will seek Sir Edward’s favour, and wishes to put his request in a private letter before writing a circular ‘at the usual time.’ He asks if his gift of two bottles of Turkish visney (a liqueur similar to cherry brandy) have arrived safely. He has heard that it was it is effective against gout.
MC:P287/C2/9 19th July 1707
Letter from Paget (address, Admiralty Office) to Sir Edward Bagot (no address given). Paget asks after Sir Edward’s health, hoping that he is now stronger and that his humours have dried out. He asks him to come to town early, that he might have his company. He says, somewhat cryptically, that he hopes that Sir Edward is still resolved not to do as others were apparently saying he would at the next election. Paget continues to count on Sir Edward’s favour and friendship. He offers his service to Bagot’s family, mentioning ‘Watty’ (Edward’s son Walter) and Mrs. Bagot in particular. A note in a different hand reads ‘Letters from Mr. Paget.’
MC:P287/C2/10 30th Sept. 1707
Letter from Paget (no address given) to Sir Edward Bagot (no address given). Paget apologises for the fact that, although he got as close as Warwickshire, he did not manage to visit Sir Edward at Blithfield, Staffordshire. He explains that his father had resolved to come to Staffordshire, and seems to hint that he and his father were involved in some sort of well-publicised dispute. He enquires after Sir Edward’s health and wishes him a good journey to Bath, as Sir Thomas Wagstaffe (MP and father of Frances Wagstaffe (d.1714), Sir Edward’s wife) had informed him that he was still intending to visit the town.
MC:P287/C2/11 18th Feb. 1707/8
Letter from Paget (address, Germain Street) to Sir Edward Bagot (no address given). Paget discusses a Mr. Adderly (unidentified), seems to have been seeking a career in the navy. Paget reports that Adderly seems not to have passed his examination, and, as there are many others who have and are awaiting commissions, he cannot yet make him a lieutenant. He promises to help Adderly, once he has passed his exam, when the opportunity arises.
MC:P287/C2/12 10th Jan. 1708 [sic.; could be 1708/9]
Letter from Paget (no address given) to Sir Edward Bagot (address Blithfield, Staffordshire). Paget’s wife (Mary Catesby (d. 1734) had a letter from Sir Edward’s wife (Frances Wagstaffe), informing her of the return of Sir Edward’s gout. Paget expresses the hope that he is mending. He discusses the next election, as he has heard that there are others who wish to stand for Staffordshire. Paget has been in contact with one Broughton (an unidentified cousin of Sir Edward’s, related through his grandfather Sir Hervey Bagot’s sister, Frances m. Thomas Broughton) who has told him that he has Sir Edward’s favour. Paget hopes that Sir Edward himself will stand and that he will continue to have his support. He wishes Sir Edward were in town, where many visitors and the latest news ‘at first hand’ would provide diversion and a distraction from his gout. Paget notes that, for reasons other than illness, Sir George Parker has not been in town since Sessions began. He discusses the case of Mr. Wood (unidentified), who has been unwillingly nominated Sheriff of Staffordshire. Paget declares that he did not know of the appointment until it was too late to excuse him from it. He wishes that there were a way to make the post less troublesome and expensive, so that gentlemen would be ‘indifferent’ to it.
MC:P287/C2/13 n.d. 
Draft of a letter from Sir Edward Bagot to Paget, written on the (previously blank) reverse of a letter to himself (hence the address label in a different hand: ‘for the Hon. Sir Edward Bagot Baronett att Blithfield …’). The addressee is not named, but we may surmise that the letter was intended for Paget. The writing is difficult to read and there are words scored out and inserted between lines. Sir Edward writes to assure Paget that he continues to support him as a representative for Staffordshire. He claims never to have promised his interest on Broughton’s behalf, instead remaining loyal to Paget. As he mentions that he has been ‘abused’ by a kinsman ‘Br’, we may presume that this letter was written in response to Paget’s of 10th Jan., 1708 (MC:P287/C2/12).
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