Charles Grey (2nd Earl Grey) to John Grey of Dilston

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Portman Square [London]. Thanks him for his letter telling him of a petition from the inhabitants of Glendale, Northumberland, against the property tax. He will present it at once to the House of Lords. He himself applauds the Resolution and hopes the measure will be defeated.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Grey, of Dilston (1785-1868), was the father of Josephine Butler and the rest of that distinguished family. He himself was an agriculturist with a European reputation for advanced farm management. In 1832 he was given charge of the northern estates belonging to Greenwich Hospital in Northumberland and Cumberland. From that time he devoted all his energies to the administration of this estate. Grey was therefore the obvious person to consult on questions affecting the agriculture of the northern counties; here the Earl was thanking John Grey for his letter about the Petition got up by the inhabitants of Glendale against the Property Tax. In 1841 the Earl of Spencer was consulting him on the agriculture of Northumberland about which he was writing an account. (See letter of 8 Jan 1841)

For further details of John Grey's life see Biog Index and 'Memoir of John Grey of Dilston' by Josephine Butler 1874

Biog: Charles Grey, 2nd Early Grey (1764-1845); John Grey of Dilston