1n 1828 Heaton fought a duel in Calais. Briefly Mr Long Wellesley (1788-1857) accused Sir William de Crespigny of intimacy with Miss E Long, the sister of Mr Long Wellesley's late wife. Long Wellesley believed the accusations had been confirmed by Heaton de Crespigny. Heaton later retracted the confirmation. A duel was fought. The matter later went to court which found against Long Wellesley.
|Drawing of the Hon. William Pole Tylney Long Wellesley|
|Reverend Heaton Champion_de_Crespigny (1796–1858) by Philip August Gaugain Oil on canvas, 73 x 62 cm Collection: Kelmarsh Hall URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/reverend-heaton-champion-de-crespigny-17961858-49124|
In the course of the proceedings in the Chanceery court, Long-Wellesley attempted to show that his late wife's sisters were not suitable guardians for his children. He wrote a letter, published in The Sunday Times, asserting that Sir William de Crespigny and Emma Long, one of the sisters, had been intimate. (I have not found a copy of the original letter.) Long-Wellesley asserted that Heaton de Crespigny, Sir William's son, had confirmed the story. While Heaton at first appeared to have confirmed the story, he later spoke to his father, and then retracted the confirmation. He then requested Wellesley to retract his assertions. Otherwise he insisted on immediate satisfaction.
Wellesley and de Crespigny fought a pistol duel in June 1828 in Calais. They both fired, missed, and withdrew.
|Extract from "Duel Between Mr. L. Wellesley And Mr. De Crespigny." Times [London, England] 30 June 1828: 7. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 17 Apr. 2014.|
This is another account of the duel:
|from Wellington's Voice: The Candid Letters of Lieutenant Colonel John Fremantle, Coldstream Guards, 1808-1821 (Google eBook retrieved from http://books.google.com.au/books?id=pGIh9k2VPIgC&pg=PT412)|
In 1829 Heaton's father, Sir William de Crespigny, sued William Long-Wellesley for libel. It was found that
in an action for a libel, it is no plea, that the defendant had the libellous statement from another, and upon publication disclosed the author's name.Sir William de Crespigny was awarded one thousand pounds in damages, the equivalent of around one million pounds in today's money or two million dollars.
- Fisher, David R.. "POLE TYLNEY LONG WELLESLEY, Hon. William (1788-1857), of 39 Dover Street, Piccadilly, Mdx. and West Green, Hartford Bridge, Hants." The History of Parliament: The House of Commons 1754-1790, 1964. Member Biographies from The History of Parliament Online. Web. 17 Apr. 2014. http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1820-1832/member/pole-tylney-long-wellesley-hon-william-1788-1857.
- William Pole-Tylney-Long-Wellesley, 4th Earl of Mornington. (2014, March 8). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11:15, April 17, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Pole-Tylney-Long-Wellesley,_4th_Earl_of_Mornington&oldid=598737740
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