Letter – Henry Richmond to Richard Wilson – 2 Feb 1770

Document Type: Letter
Date: 2 Feb 1770
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: Richard Wilson
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/3
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To Sir Richd. Wilson Esq.  Leeds                                           Newcas.  2nd Feb 1770


Sir     Inclosed are two parts of my Acct. of Kenton Rents for the half year Ending Mayday last with my Bill on Plumb & Browne for three hundred and one pounds nine shillings & fourpence halfpenny for the balance of it.  You will please to advise me of the receipt of the Bill and to sign and return me one of the Accts. as I have signed the other.  Inclosed also is Mrs. H. Headlams’s receipt for her interest & a copy of Ra. Smiths Note of Slating at Wm. Pattison’s outhouses.  The Roofs of his dwelling house and of the several buildings on Mr. Graham’s farm are much out of repair and inclosed is an Estimate of what must be done at them the next Season and also of what it will Cost to cover Lowry’s Stable with Slates and pantiles, the Timber being thought strong enough, but that may be postponed till next year.  You will please to give me directions as to Pattison’s & Graham’s roofs that they may be done in proper time.  Mr Gunn has done nothing at the Quarry this year -all he proposed to do was the taking away a piece of post which he had bared and was hindered getting by the Wet Season and which contains about 84 cubic yards - he has pressed me to mention that he hopes you will allow him to take It without rent as he had but a bad bargain of the Quarry but I told him there was no likelihood of obtaining such an Allowance.   The Stone of this Quarry is very good, but she cannot be wrought, till a Level is brought up; which will be very expensive.  I have not heard from the people about the piece of Stone in Mr Graham’s field - so whether they go on with their Undertaking or have found Stone cheaper elsewhere I don’t know.  if it was my own affair I should not be fond of having the field wrought up for the money he offered. I mean T. Harle who is to execute the Mason work for the New Water Co. if they proceed in their scheme.

    As to the Hedges I have employed the man that looked after them before, to lay out a Sum not exceeding five pounds in the bounder fences & and such others in East Kenton as most require cutting and Scouring.  & to look at the Hedges in West Kenton from time to time; which will be something of a Check on Mr King and his Tenants.  this man is to have 40s a year as formerly for East Kenton & 20s a year for West Kenton.  The Hedgers that came out of Yorkshire cut and layed about 20 yards only which did not answer; and I am convinced that such old hedges as these, in a Clayey Soil, want strength of vegetation to bear cutting to the heart & laying in a way unnatural to them.   I have sent be this day’s Carrier both yr large plans of West Kenton & the new field Book; which I hope you will receive very safe,

    I should be glad, if you would, when you have done with it, send me, by the Carrier, the Abstract of those writings that are relative to the other Estates of Sir Wr Blackett than that you bought; for the want of it often occasions inconvenience.

    I am etc           HR

PS     please to mention of receiving Mrs Headlam’s <rent>

         Inclosed is a copy of the Surveyors note

         Mr King desired me to tell you he wo[ul]d write very soon.

Copy of the Bill included in the preceeding Letter

                                                               Newcastle  2nd Febry   1770     £301 . 9 . 4½ 

Thirty days after date pay Richard Wilson Esq or order Three hundred and one pounds nine shillings & fourpence halfpenny, value in Acct. & place the same to Acct.  with Sir Wr. Bt. as by advice from Hen. Richmond

Messrs.  Plumb & Browne Goldsmiths In Foster Lane     London

Messrs.  Plumb & Browne Goldsmiths                               Newcas.  2nd Febry   1770      

In Foster Lane     London

Gentlemen      I have drawn a Bill on you for Three hundred and one pounds nine shillings & fourpence halfpenny, payable to Richard Wilson Esq. or order at Thirty days from this date; which I desire you will accept & when paid place to Acct. with Sir Walter Blackett Bart.  

               I am etc    HR

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