Letter – Henry Richmond to Ralph Forster – 24 Sep 1769

Document Type: Letter
Date: 24 Sep 1769
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: Ralph Forster
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/3
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To Mr Ralph Forster at Wallington                                                      Newca[stle] 24th Septr 1769


The Duke of Northumberland lays claim to 58 Acres of Land in Ingo, which he says is in possession of Sir Wr Blacketts Tenants and for which a Rent of 8s a Year has been paid to Coll Schutz; and alledges that as the Collls Lease expires at Ladyd[a]y next this 58 a[cres] must be surrendered up. Now this rent of 8s a Year is an Old vicondale Rent paid for a Rake, that has immemorially been enjoyed by George Brown & the former tenants of Fenwick North farm, on a piece of Common called Reestones, which I suppose adjoins some part of that farm. I therefore desire you will inform yourself about this Common how and by whom it is enjoyed? & what number of Cattle, & at what times in the Year they are depastured by George Brown upon the same; with any other particulars that may occur to you as usefull to be known. The old Tenant of this farm was Mr Robert Dixon after whom you will enquire – or of any of the old people about Fenwick that you can hear of, that know this ground – the sooner this is done the better, & I shall be glad of your Answer as soon as you are able to give one. P.S. Pray look at G. Brown’s Stock for he owes £490 due Mayd[a]y last. & tell him I desire to have a little talk with him about Reestones the first time he comes to Town. I am etc    HR

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