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Wednesday 27th Feby. 1833 Engaged in correspondence and accounts nearly the whole day. Rode to East Mill Hills, and examined the several repairs etc, required by the tenant, and promised to give consideration to such as seemed proper. Received a letter from Mr Bainbridge stating that Mr Dickenson of Lovelady Shield had again refused to convey the Land on which the Receiving House at Hudgill Burn is built, unless the Hospital would pay him 5 per Cent interest for 7 years, in addition to the Purchase-money: but I immediately wrote to Mr Bainbridge to say that the long interval that had occurred, and which I so much regretted, had weighed with me to prevent my resisting the high value put upon the land in question, but rather than submit to the unreasonable extortion demanded, I would stand upon the Lord’s privilege to erect buildings for Mining operations, and not pay one farthing for it. I hope this will bring the parties to reason.