Sulyard Family - Legal Papers
The main core of the business papers in this collection is the correspondence (over 1000 letters) of Edward Sulyard (c1707-1785), who was an attorney first at Stowmarket and then at Haughley Park following the death of his uncle, Edward Sulyard, in 1745. Among his clients are a number of people imprisoned for debt, some in the notorious Newgate prison that was rebuilt in the 1770s after these letters were written and finally demolished in 1902.
Letter from John Baldry a prisoner at Newgate - 'this dismal place', 1750
Baldry thanks Edward Sulyard for his great kindness and is glad to hear that he is now better. He hopes that Sulyard will help to get him out of 'this dismal place'. He is confined to his cell though only a debtor. There are also two draft petitions for his release with the letter.
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