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Honoured Sir London 23d Decemb'r 1723. By mine of the 20th I presumed to acquainte you I had (that moment) the honour of yours of the 17th & 22th, N.S. as also one inclosed from my honoured Lady, wherein her La'pp, secmes to take the most proper method for Stateing an acco't ever Since the death of my 'late Lord, and I am certeine, will be the most effectuall meanes to State and distinguish my late Ladyes Separate acco'ts Since itt dos not appeare so ineligible as I was in hopes itt might haue done but as I was never acquainted or lett into her La'pps private acco'ts I know nothing further than the paym't of Bills of Exch'e & her La'pps other ord'rs to particular persons and w'ch were placed to my gener'll acco't of Cash, & abstracts of the S'd Cash acco't w'th the Stewardes, Sent to her La'pp once or twice ayear as I presume you tinde among the papers ; and therefore the moneyes p'd from time to time, yearly betwixt Christmas & Christmas is the most certeine & ready way to finde out the truth & w'ch my Lady may expect Shall be punctually done w'th all the Speed your other affaires will Pf'rmitt me & w'ch w'th my humblest duty I request her La'pp may know. I alwayes did believe her La'pps Joynture would best appeare by quarterly paym'ts out of my Cash acco't as also for my Lord's & Serv'ts boarde, & pockett money, Lady Ann's Interest money, Law charges and casuall expences : because mine is the acco't must appeare (if called for) in Chancery. Then a particular acco't ought to be kept of Lady Ann's money, and my late Ladycs proper acco't ought to have been kept distinct & separate from all the rest, but nothing of the beforemenconed appeares in my acco'ts or the Stewards. I am moreover humbly of opinion that something of ye method proposed, will also make your acco'ts more inteligible & less burthensome for the future, 'tho' in the interim I shall observe your comands concerning the Sums menconed, and will not faile to pay the persons & Anuityes as directed, the Lady Mary's interest I believe is p'd pursuant to my ord'r Some time Since, and ye Mcrch'ts tell me by their last letter, Mr: E hath p'd them 2000 (w'ch he foolishly told them was the W. acco't) & w'ch hath made me uneasy after ye precaucons I haue taken in yt anaire. I believe you'll easily understand my late ironicall letter, that gentlem'n & 1 stand well, So wee must keep faire but not be over hasty. Att present I haue a dispute w'th the purchaser of Whenby ab't paym't of his proporcon of Mr Rookes & Lady Dowagers rentcharge, & w'ch hath putt a full stopp to the Report to the Comm'rs I was gett'g for that & Some arreares due to my Lord on Whenby acco't. I haue Sent him a very Sharp letter upon that aflaire w'ch I hope will haue a good effect, if not Mr Rooke is resolved to Levy the whole upon Whenby : then I hope he'll thinke itt his interest to comply, alfo Mr Elstob the Comm'rs late Agent haveing refused to repay the money he wrongfully rec'd I haue given ord'rs to Sue those ten'ts who then paid him in oposicon to my late Ladyes request & promise of indemnity. Doct'r ffarelly hath not drawne any bill upon me, So that I will not faile to obey yo'r comands in remitting the Sum as directed, neither do I heare any thing of your 130 bill formerly iiicnconcd, I hope the orders I haue given & menconed above will haue yo'r approbacon and am with all Duty & Submission, Hono'rd Sr: Yo'r most faithfull & most obedient Servant, H. R. wee have a strong report that his Maj'ty will remitt halfe the new tax. A Monsieur Mons r Lc Chevalier Webb
PSAN 3rd ser, Vol 7, (1915-6), pp.94. ‘The following letters from Henry Rodbourne, the agent, to .Sir J. Webb and Lady Webb, are from the Rev. T. Stephen’s collection’. They were the parents of the Countess of Derwentwater, who died in 1723.