From Bishopsgate Street, London, to Madeley, Shropshire. He has the pleasure to inform Mary that his son Samuel junior was married on Friday to Miss [Letitia] Whatman at her Parish Church in Kent. The young couple immediately went to Forest House which Samuel gave up to them for a week. Samuel stayed with [the bride's father James] Whatman for a day or two and then went to [their brother William Bosanquet's house in] London. The match is an excellent one and the young lady has been brought up in a manner which Samuel can only approve of. He has confidence that they will be very happy together.
After a surgical operation eight or nine months ago, [the bride's step-mother] Mrs [Susannah] Whatman [eldest daughter of Samuel Bosanquet's uncle Jacob] is enjoying better health than has been the case for years.
Financial details are discussed with regard to Mary's income from annuities.
[Eleanor]'s health held out pretty well during their stay in Kent, but she has suffered with an headache since.
- James Whatman (1741-98) of Vintner's in Kent was a member of an ancient county family with a recorded history dating back to before the Norman Conquest. His first wife was a cousin of the Earls of Derby and his second wife was related to Mary Bosanquet-Fletcher. Whatman served as high-sheriff of Kent in 1767. Source: Burke's Landed Gentry (1853)