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Monday 29th April 1833 Received an application from Mr Clavering requesting I would confirm an arrangement of the late Receivers for improving the Gateshead Road, by allowing it to pass through Dilston New Town North Farm, and so avoid a high Hill which has now to be encountered. Mr Clavering states that it has been approved by the Board in London, but I have no recollection of it, and must enquire into the facts, and search out the correspondence before I can offer any opinion on it. Wrote to Mr Cookson requesting him to do me the favour to recommend to me a competent person to value the Engine & Machinery etc at the Colliery, and at the Smelting Mills – from the conviction that there is no man in Newcastle better able to guide me in this matter. Mr Shield proposed to me Mr Robert Turnbull as Security for the due performance of the Covenants of the Colliery Lease. Received a letter from Mr Johnson consenting on the part of Mr Beaumont to rescind the Agreement respecting the Lease of Low Stublick provided the Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital would allow the privilege of Mr Beaumonts purchasing the quantity of Reducing Coal stipulated for in the Lease, should he wish to do so. Mr Johnson wished this as a Cheque on their own Colliery Lessee. – If the limits of this be properly defined, I see no objection to the arrangement, which gains for us thirty pounds, without any loss, and secures us against any question of dispute or misunderstanding hereafter. I have submitted Mr Johnson’s proposal to Mr Shield, and if he offers no objection, I shall set the Lease of Low Stublick aside.