Letter – Henry Richmond to Walter Blackett – 7 Feb 1769

Document Type: Letter
Date: 7 Feb 1769
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: Walter Blackett
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/3
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To Sir Wr Blackett Bt MP in Half moon Street

Piccadilly London                                                                                 Newca[stle] 7th Febry 1769

Hon[ou]r[e]d Sir

At  Meeting yesterdayof the Magistrates at Wind’s, being the first Monday in the Month, it was taken into consideration whether the Corporation should be proprietors of Shares in the Company that furnishes water to this Town. The Mayor Mr Peareth, Mr Simpson Mr Blackett, Mr Mosley & Mr Forster were there. Mr Peareth made the proposition, as a Thing that had been mentioned to him by Mr Ald[erma]n Bell, but it was the Sense of those present (and Mr Scafe I hear is of the same way of thinking) that the Corporation should not purchase any Shares in that company; nor undertake any further than they now do, the supplying the Town with Water. The behaviour of Mr White and others at the last Guild, in insolently demanding the water to be laid in their houses as well as it is laid into those of the Magistrates, has convinced them that the corporation ought not to engage in such an Employment.

I delivered the papers you sent relating to the Leather Manufacture to the Stewards of the two Companies & find they approve of a Tax on Bark exported to Ireland.

I send the inclosed Case about Sando & the Tenants of Greenwich Hospital that if you please Mr Darwin may get some good Councils opinion upon it. This Case has been for some time before Mr Fawcett but he has not had leisure to give his opinion in Writing; but he told me he thought they were all liable to do Suit and Service at your Courts, and that those Estates having been in the hands of the Crown did not extinguish but only suspend the Services and that they wo[ul]d revive again on being granted off to Subjects; whether sole or Corporate. I am etc    HR

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