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Tuesday 16th July 1833 I left Milfield Hll, having written to Lord Tankerville’s Bailiff, & the tenant of Chillingham Newtown, to meet me at the river’s side that I might see the work lately done & ascertain the expense etc. – This Mr Jobson kindly did, & in the absence of the Bailiff who was otherwise engaged, furnished me with the cost – Except that the body of water here is much less than in the Tyne, the Banks pretty much resemble those at Dilston, & the manner adopted for securing them, much the same as I had thought of – namely by placing low wears occasionally to turn the current from certain parts of the bank against which it is pressed the most heavily – then by laying stones most promiscuously into the river, & for a few feet above its edge, which stones are strengthened & made firmer, by a range of piles driven deeply into the Bank, leaving their heads on a level with the stones & in the midst of them, then by giving the Bank a very easy slope above the stones & covering it with turf to grow into a thick mat of grass – This work has been well executed & seems likely to answer a good purpose. I rode from Chillingham 20 miles further to Rothberry to sleep.