HEATHCOTE, Sir Gilbert, 4th Baronet ( 1773-1851), politician. Autograph letter signed to "Drummond", 4 sides, 4to, Brick Hill House, Monday 28th [no date - 1793?], apologising for the lapse of time in replying to his letter, explaining he has "been at Luffenham for three weeks recreating myself with the pleasures of the chase", and relating how he became married, concluding "I cannot finish the subject without assuring you that I consider that Lady Mary Milsington did me the greatest favor she possibly could; as it enabled me to cultivate my acquaintance with the then Miss Manners, an acquaintance that has been productive of more real happiness to me then my most sanguine expectations could have induced me to credit". He also writes of his correspondent's interest in horse racing, and on affairs abroad "You know I am a bit of a Politician, think then I am in great anxiety to know whether the Accounts of the great defeat of the French before Maubeuge is confirmed". Edges of paper rather grubby.
Sir Gilbert Heathcote was elected MP for Lincolnshire in 1796, a seat he held until 1806, after which he represented Rutland from 1812 to 1841. He married on 16th August 1793 Katherine Sophia Manners (who died in 1825), by whom he had a son, Gilbert John Heathcote, 5th Baronet (1795-1867), who was created Baron Aveland. The mention of the battle of Maubeuge suggests that this letter may date to October 1793, when the siege of Maubeuge was lifted due to the French victory at Wattignies.