Letter – John Brown to John Webb – 15 Sep 1731

Document Type: Letter
Date: 15 Sep 1731
Correspondent: John Brown
Recipient: John Webb
Archive Source: PSAN Misc Vols
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Hono'rdSr 						Sep'r 15: 1731: 

	I Rec'ed yo'rs of the llth inst, and shall obserue all yo'r Orders therein, I am truely glad to heare Lord Darwentwater is well, and that it proues a Mistake as inserted in our publick news ; and hope this fyne wether will procure my Lady & her ffamilly a Safe passage ouere ; and happy Arriuall in London ; 

	I haue been with farmer Chubbs Executors of Saturday last, and treated with them about the ffarm and tythes and the Most I Can bring them to giue for the ffarm is 270£ a yeare w th the Liberty of plowing Stony Close, and the most they offer for the whole tythes is 110£ per an. that is : 60£ per ann for the tythes of the ffarm, and 50£ per ann for the parish, and priury tythes all together ; and they insist uppon haueing Wats's Liueing on Acco't of haueing occation for a house and they offer for that Liueing : 45£ per ann' theyr designe in Case they doe agree with you is to quit Doctor Callards ; but they will not rent the ffarm without all the tythes these 2 Executors are both Sufficient men ; but are much Cast downe with the badness of this yeare ; now if you please to haue me trye any other tennant for the ffarm & tythes : I shall doe it ; but am not Certain if agreeing; and Chubbs haue the offer of another farm at Clarington parke ; the Long delays about ye agreem'twith Mr. Reedy and the parson ; has been a prejudice to the Letting of yo'r ffarm, Considering the times I haue been with Mr. Jervisses tennant, who Continews Sick and Lame ; but says still that he will aduanse rent ; but is not soe pressing for it as before ; I haue another tennant that has offerd to take it, but Cannot tell what rent he will giue ; he is a stranger to the farm and Country, but liues a great distans of, tho' I haue a good Charracter of him ; and that he is a Suffitient man ; I am willing & redy to doe for the best. I haue sold that Small bergin of Geo: Mowdys at hamptworth for the ffyne of £19 for a Leas of 3 lifes ; it being onely : i : acre of grownd, and ualued at one pound per ann': the purchaser gaue me More for it : by reason it Lyes handy and Convenient for him. 

	I haue been Ouer att Accon this Week to Look after the repairs of yo'r Mills &c. ; and to deleuer the Leasses, and to haue the Counterparts Signed. Tho: Brenton Makes great Complaints still about Mr. Perkins takeing all the ffishe : so thate yo'r Royaltie is not worth anything to him he has not Signed his Leass yett but says he will in about 3 weeks time but says he will neuer Signe noe More unless he ha? Some Consideracon for the ffishinge, and thinks it hard to pay rent for what he Makes noe proffitt of. 

	The Widdow Snelling desires a Court may be kept at Mich'mas next on acco't of her widdows Esstate ; her husband not being taken tennant before he dyed : quere : whether shee can haue her widdows Estate accordinge to the Custom of the Manner, or Not (her husband did Come to the last Courrt and did desire to be admitted tennant : but some dispute arisemg soe that he was not took tennant : please to giue yo'r answer to this pr yo'r Next Letter ; the widdow was left very poor but Shee has 2 brothers that haue assisted her : and shee proposes to Continew out her Leass of Marthins ffarm : being : 6 : years to Come ; and to help breed upp her Children. These being all the affairs as I haue to accquaint you with at present, hope it will fynd you and all yo'r Honor'ble ffamily in perfect & good 

health ; which I truely wish may attend you, being with all humble Duty, 

Hono'ed S'r | Yo'r Most ffaithfull | Servant 

Jno: Brown. 

I begg my Most humble duty may be acceptable to my Lady and to all yo'r ffamilly where doe. pray when I haue gott the next packquet of Leases redy where shall I send y'm for you to execute. 

I shall obserue yo'r orders about Mr. Richardson ; for Mr. Rings Tennem't ; and Huntts ; if I Can deale with him, but I haue been a lourney to queer after the widdow Ring and the Executor about ye herriott he is gone off for London ; and Shee is gone down below tanton deane ; and the tennant uppon it is uery poor and has nothing uppon the Esstate worth takeing ; Soe that I Cannot tell what I shall doe in this Matter. 

To The Honor ble S r John Webb Barn  at the two red Lamps in Poland Street London 4 
PSAN 3rd ser, Vol 7, (1915-6), p.160

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