Letter – Henry Richmond to Isaac Hunter – 10 Dec 1762

Document Type: Letter
Date: 10 Dec 1762
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: Isaac Hunter
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/2
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To Mr I Hunter                                                                             Newcastle 10 December 1762           

at Dukesfield

Sir/ As to the Coalpits Farm I shall write you in a post or two, as I expect to see Mr Robson soon.

As to Woodcroft it lies so separate fm Sir Wrs Agents that it wo[uld] be well if it was let to a good Tenant at £90 a Yr certain for 15 or even or 21 Yrs with such encouragements as you mention namely the building a draw kiln the Tenant leading the materials & allowing £10 for hay seeds, the Tenant producing Rec[ie]pts & also satisfying you that he has sown the seeds upon the premises. But as I Walton wants to be at Liberty at the End of 5 Yrs he had best take the Farm only for that Term or for 7, 9 or 11 years. For I dare say Sir Wr will not chose to leave him so much at Liberty while he himself is tyed for 21 years as you mention. He has never done such a thing yet but is always ready to release a Tenant from a hard Barg[ai]n provided they have used the Farm well & not taken any advantage of it. Unless you know something of Walton you sho[ul]d enquire of Mr Westgarth or some other as to his sufficiency. And then if he & you are likely to make a Barg[ai]n you must get another Lre fm old Angus desiring you will take the Farm off his hands at next May day if you can get it let this will be necessary because of the Lre you say you have wrote to him. When you have got such a Lre fm him then you must get Mr Ellis to draw an article upon Stamps, for wch Walton must pay the one ½ & you the other & charge it in your Acct. I am etc   HR

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