THE LETTERS OF WILLIAM BAKER - MP AND GENTLEMAN
William Baker (1743 to 1824) was the son of Sir William Baker, one of the wealthiest businessmen of the 18th century, holding prominent positions in both the Husons Bay and East India Companies.
William Baker (Jnr) became related through marriage to the Penn family (founders of Pennsylvania) and later to the Conyers family of Copt Hall, near Epping. His first wife lived fior only 11 months but his marriage to Sophie lasted for many years, producing 9 sons and 6 daughters.
Most of the letters were written from the temporary Baker family home - 'The Park' at Hertingfordbury, and their London home in Hill Street, Mayfair. Later, letters would originate from their ultimate family home, Bayfordbury, once it had been extensively enlarged to its present day size.