William Henry Blatch, husband of Mrs. Harriot Stanton Blatch, the suffrage leader, recalls an encounter between his grandparents and the Duke of Wellington in a letter to the New York Times published on January 8, 1908.
William Henry Blatch was born in 1792 the son of James Blatch and Elizabeth Sweetapple. On March 3, 1881 he married Marianne Sweetapple at Andover, Hampshire, England. The couple lived in the Hampshire village of Nutley, and it was here that on the night of November 4, 1833 that William discovered and shot a burglar. The following is an account of the inquest reported in the Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette on Thursday, November 14th, 1833.