Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Bellew') from Lady Caroline Bellew of Stockleigh House, with note describing the assault on her in Paris by Lord William Paget and Cassidy.

Miss Caroline Bellew [Caroline Countess Bellew] (d.1863), of Stockleigh House, North Gate, Regent's Park [Lord William Paget; Cassidy]
Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Bellew') from Lady Caroline Bellew
Publication details: 
25 September 1849; Stockleigh House, Regent's Park, London.
SKU: 11161

12mo, 1p. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. She is happy that her correspondent is enjoying himself, and looks forward to seeing him the following day, 'to take a friendly dinner'. An initialed pencil note in a contemporary hand at the head of the page reads 'The celebrated Lady who prosecuted Lord Wm Paget - Cassidy - others for getting into her Bed room at night in Paris to endeavour to carry her off & marry her for her large fortune to Cassidy | [signed] ' The incident - a great scandal of the age - was alluded to in 1844 in the Annual Register and other papers. There is also a reference in Donald Thomas's 'Charge! Hurrah! Hurrah! A Life of Cardigan of Balaclava': 'The paper ['The Age'] retaliated [in a trial of 1843] by revealing Lord William [Paget] as a beater of women and as the man who had stood in a bedroom doorway in Paris, and coolly watched a bill-broker, Cassidy, beat up Caroline Bellew.'