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Scarbro’ Sepr. 4th 36 Dear Sir I have seen Mr Beaumont and he says he is quite certain that Tom Ridley said he had purchased a Poney and asked if he might put it for a time into the Park at Bywell and that he Mr Bt thought he had purchased it of some of the Lead Ore carriers and that Ridley thought he would be able to make a £5 Note of his Bargain by letting it run a few weeks at Bywell. Mr Bt. says he cannot have the Game at Bywell protected upon so expensive a scale. Roddam must look to the South Side and Tom Ridley with the assistance of his Son must manage the North side. The Game at Welton is to be managed and protected by the Tenants who are to have permission to Kill the Hares at all times and must discharge all persons sporting without a written leave and in case any person, after being discharged persists in shooting or sporting they are to be proceeded against as trespassers. Mr Bt. wishes you to make the Tenants acquainted with this arrangement. There is not more than three dogs to be Kept at Bywell and Tom Ridley must on no account hunt or Keep any dog for any person whatever. I think he may Keep four Pointers, but on no account more as strict enquiry will be made by Mr Bt. when he comes on this point – You need not send any more fruit to Scarbro’ – You must insist upon Ridley and Roddam making application to you for Gunpowder, Shot or whatever is wanted before it is ordered and they must receive a written Order from you where they are to get it a copy of which you are to file in the Office. Mr Bt. made particular enquiry on this <head> and gave the above instructions. If Ridley and Roddam do not attend strictly to these instructions they will assuredly lose their situations. Yours truly <Bjmn.> Johnson
The original of this letter written by Benjamin Johnson, together with the accompanying letter by TW Beaumont dated 27 August 1836, were found bundled together and annotated as follows: ‘August 27th. 1836 – Mr Beaumonts and Johnson letters respecting Ridley the Keeper’. The recipient appears from the contents, to be TWB’s agent or steward at Bywell, & in Beaumont’s earlier letter to Johnson he asked Johnson to get Nixon to deal with the issue.