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Mr John Bell at Mr Ellis’s in Newcas[tle] 9th Febr[uar]y 1765 Hexham Sir Inclosed you receive a Letter from Mr William Dalton of Blaydon to his Tenant Henry Hemley at Acomb: directing him to shew to any person you shall send to him, the part of his farm that has been damaged by the Floods since Mich[ilm]as 1763 to the End that a computation may be made how much Earth and other strata has been carried away into the River since that time, from that place. Now you are desired by the Corporation of Newcastle to employ some man of judgement who can measure and compute the number of solid feet of Earth and other strata so carried away and can make a plan of the alteration that has been made there since Mich[ilm]as 1763 by the floods; & let him do all this as soon as he possibly can and then come to Newcastle, along with Mr Hemley, to Mr Ald[erma]n Simpson who will satisfy them both for their trouble. I fancy Mr Marriott is well qualified for such a job, if he has time: But this is left entirely to your own choice. I am etc Hen Richmond P.S. May acquaint Mr Hemley that he is desired to come to Newcastle to Mr Simpson along with the person you employ.