Tuesday, 18 September 2012

18th September 1812: The Home Office is advised to watch Shelley's movements by the Solicitor to theTreasury

Mr Litchfield present his Compliments to Mr. Addington, and beg leave to acquaint him, that he had some conversations with Mr. Beckett upon the subject of the inclosed Letters from the Town Clerk of Barnstaple and that it did not appear either to Mr. Beckett or himself that any Steps could with propriety be taken with respect to Mr. Shelley in consequence of his very Extraordinary & [unaccountable] Conduct, but that it would be proper to instruct some person to observe his future Behaviour and to transmit the Information that may be obtained respecting him.

Lincolns Inn
18. Septr 1812

[To] The Right Honbl
J. A. Addington
&c &c &c

[Note in margin: "write to the Mayor of Barnstaple accordingly"]

This letter can be found at HO 42/127.

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