A curious account is given as to how the greatness and wealth of the Labouclieres ■ | wove created. The father of the late Lord ! Taunton—a cjeyer young nvin —by an innocent stratagem got a rich wife and a I partnership in the then first banking-house in the world. As a clerk to the Hopes of Amsterdam he was sent over on a confidential mission t" the houso of Baring, in London, and, being plentifully supplied with a quality which the vulgar call 'cheek,' he asked the great Mr Baring for the hand of his daughter in marriage. The millionaire was dumbfounded atthe youth's assurance, and asked'him how he could think of a dansjhtor of the Barings marry-, lug v penni _. .:. . ' |i. • yqung Laboijchore, . ■: . /'said, 'But suppose I were a partner in the house,' ' Oh !' replied Mr Baring,' ' that would be a very different thing.' The aspiring youth posted off to Amsterdam, and immediately asked the author of ' Anastusius' j for a share in tho'business. •'' Wh.ii; I' jp^cl the great man, 'you aclerk 1 of only two year* 1 standing, U\ hu l^adu a pQrhiqr of the Ijopos of Amsterdam! Nonsense!' 'But,' said young Labouchere, 'supposing I could get Miss Baring for a wife '(' 'In p}y>s case,' replied Mr Hope, 'the thing pnighj-. be And in that way Ih was practicable., at/, by. thus playing thy £wo great men one against tho other the ( yomjg olork HGcurod a rigli wife and. a, ' share in the great bank, and thus founded the noble house of Taunton.
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The Laboucheres., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2423, 7 May 1890
The Laboucheres. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2423, 7 May 1890
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