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Friday 11th January 1833 Wrote to Mr Hugh Taylor on the subject of the Duke of Northumberland’s offer for Wark Barony, stating the grounds on which the C. of G.H. expect a further price, and proposing on their part to convey the Tithe Allotment called Ellingham Rig, worth six hundred Pounds, in addition to what had been before proposed, if the Duke will consent to give Fourteen thousand pounds. Had an interview with Mr Taylor afterwards, and fully discussed the matter, ending in his promise to lay my letter before the Duke, and furnishing me with an early answer. Mr Fenwick called to state the case of Wardle the Tenant of Meldon Farm, who is £45 in arrears, but who claims that sum in consequence of having sustained injury to that amount by the former Tenant being allowed to take a larger Way-going Crop, than the Covenants, or the Custom of the Country allows. Mr F. had no doubt of the justice of Wardle’s claim, and advised its being at once admitted. – It is proper to state that this arises wholly from the negligence of the Bailiff. I begged Mr Fenwick to furnish me with the letter, and I would report the case to the Board. Afterwards saw Mr Bell, who said he thought he could get the matter settled.