Letter – Benjamin Johnson to Thomas Wentworth Beaumont – 1 Aug 1821

Document Type: Letter
Date: 1 Aug 1821
Correspondent: Benjamin Johnson
Recipient: Thomas Wentworth Beaumont
Archive Source: Brotherton BHDVC CD 78a
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Mr B		(undated)

A gent from Mr <....> is named as having your permission to shoot for 7 days.  The 10th of August is fixed for a general meeting of all the copyholders who are wishful to infranchise their copyholds.  I am sorry to say they do not seem to come forward with that spirit I could wish to see but I believe the Game at Bywell will be found scarce, hares and pheasants in particular.  The present keeper looks well after the game in the daytime but I do not think him a sufficiently active and bold man for the night watching which is the principal point to be attended to.  As you probably do not intend taking out a deportation for him a person at a less wage might answer as well.  What quantity of Grouse would you wish Matthew Lee to kill for Bretton Hall?  The rabbits have increased in March as to become a great nuisance and I should recommend a part of the young ones to be destroyed as they are doing a serious damage to your Tenants.
Undated but in sequence between those dated 20th June and 3rd Nov 1821. The reference to grouse suggests a date nearing the start of the shooting season, and perhaps 1st August was sufficiently ahead of a 10th August meeting for it to be broadcast, and it is used here

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