Jacobite weapons hidden in Surrey

Letter from the Earl of Newcastle to Lord Onslow, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey (SP 36/78/76).


Whitehall December 24th 1745

Lord Onslow, Lord [Lieutenant] of [Surrey]

My Lord,

There being Reason to apprehend, that a Number of Arms are concealed in a House, now in the Possession of Lady Petre, at Cheam in the County of Surry [Surrey], And also in a Farm House, very near Lady Petre’s which is at present, inhabited by a Roman Catholick; I am ordered by His Majesty to acquaint your Lordship therewith, that you may give Directions to such of the Deputy [Lieutenant ]of that County, as your Lordship shall think proper, immediately to make a strict and diligent Search in the said Houses for Arms. And your Lordship will be pleased to transmit to me an Account thereof, to be laid before

His Majesty.

I am etc

Holles Newcastle

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