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Tuesday 15th January 1833 Recd of Mitehill & Temple High Green Colliery £44.5.10., arrears of Rent. Saw Mr Stephenson Tenant at Throckley relative to the embankment, and promised to examine into it the earliest opportunity. Saw Cuthbert Harrison of Whitterdale Sproats Farm, who had petitioned the Board to be released at May-day next. Informed him of the impossibility of this, but that if he applied in august next, the Board would release him in the following May, and if the Farm was re-let at a lower rent, I would recommend the Board to make an abatement for the last year equal to the difference in rent. Saw Mr Spence, Purchaser of Buteland, who complained of Stotts persevering in his claim for compensation if he was not allowed to plough 40 Acres in addition to his Covenants, according to a promise of the receivers, and asking the Hospital to bear the expense of compensation – Informed him that tho’ I was desirous of affording him every facility in my power, yet he must understand that the C. of G.H. could be no parties in the dispute, and that whatever the result was, he must abide by the consequences – and the same time stated that he must also consent to take the Threshing Machine at a valuation, and that these points must be decided before the Commrs could sign the conveyance – he finally agreed to both. Received a letter from Mr Taylor Agent to the D. of Nd connecting to purchase Wark Barony at £14,000. Had an interview with Mr Leadbetter the Duke’s Solicitor, relative to the conditions etc, and informed him that Mr Bicknell would be immediately instructed. Mr T claimed all papers relative to the Lawsuits etc, but I distinctly informed him, that I could promise nothing of the kind, altho’ I was quite sure the Commrs of G.H. would be readily disposed to furnish the Duke with anything they had relating to the Barony, which might be useful to the Duke and not required by the Hospital. Reported to the Board. Saw Mr Fryer, and informed him that I could not admit his charge of £21 for his copy of the Plan of Throckley enclosure – He said it was usual, and he could not take less.