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Friday May 10th 1833 I this day had Mr Dickinson with me, and we went through the ponderous Chancery Bill, and I obtained such information and facts as were necessary to enable me to suggest answers. There seems a probability of the parties settling the dispute by arbitration, as soon as the answer of the Gallygill Company is filed. Mr Roddam and some of the parties of the Blagill Company again came to me about their Leases, and I told them that before I left Alston, I should order Mr Dickinson to take possession of the Mines, unless the Money was paid me, and finding me really in earnest, they at length brought me £30 with a promise that I should have the £30.12 remaining, before the end of the Month – I took the Money upon the understanding that if they failed in their promise, I should still take possession. I also obtained the ten pounds for the Crag-Green Sun Vein Lease, and one of the Tenants to whom I gave notice to quit has promised to sign his Lease in a day or two. – This is all, I have the slightest chance of obtaining, and I will soon make up the Account and submit it to the board, that it may be finally settled, and I hope the Hospital will not again be put to expense on this head. – I collected a large portion of the straggling fines in the course of yesterday and today, and have satisfactorily reduced the list of defaulters.