In this letter, Maude and Tunnicliffe, who acted as London agents for the Derby firm of solicitors, Taylor, Simpson and Mosley, reported back about the court case of A'Court versus Denny and Wife. Sarah A'Court, the plaintiff, was formerly governess at Calke Abbey, the house of Taylor, Simpson and Mosley's client, Sir Vauncey Harpur Crewe. She had taken a claim of false dismissal and slander against another employer, Mr Denny and his wife, to court. The case caused some sensation and was much reported in the newspapers; Sir Vauncey Harpur Crewe's solicitors were acting on his behalf to prevent the Harpur Crewe family being drawn into the court case.
Sarah A'Court lost her case and was ultimately convicted of perjury, for which she was sentenced to eighteen months hard labour.