Journal entry – John Grey – 20 Jul 1833

Document Type: Journal entry
Date: 20 Jul 1833
Correspondent: John Grey
Archive Source: TNA ADM 80 18
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Saturday 20th July 1833

	Having remained in the neighbourhood all night, I passed some hours in looking over the farms & making myself better acquainted with the quality of the soil & the management and characters of the respective Tenants. I went through a good deal of the Woodland too, seeing the bark which had been peeled & laid up & the wood that had been cut and sold, & consulting with the Woodman as to that which was best suited & the most conveniently situated for the purposes required at the farms – I also agree with a Carpenter to make 20 Gates at the Woodmans house, to be left in his charge for the farms in that part, on the same terms as those at Dilston. The large sized Wood on this property is in good state, but the younger plantations generally are in want of thinning – I am aware of the difficulty of disposing of small Wood to advantage in such situations, but that difficulty is not likely to be lessened, as great quantities of young Wood are coming into use in parts nearer and more accessible to the mining Districts than this, & that consideration ought not, I think to operate to the disadvantage of the future Timber - 

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