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My Lord Newcastle Nov. 1st 1783 I have the Honour of your letter of 27th inst. & am sorry that there has been any neglect in making the usual remittance to Messrs. Childs for our half year composition for the Tyth due in Weardale on 14th Aug. last from Sir TB to your LdShip. I have by this post remitted to Messrs C a Bill for £157.10 – being the am[oun]t & I shall take care that it shall not be neglected for the future. I have the Honour to be My Lord Yr most Obed Humb Servt JEB
Letter draft and recipient not stated; context indicates it was addressed to Revd Dr Thomas Thurlow who at this time was both the Bishop of Lincoln and the Rector of Stanhope and therefore entitled to the composition payment in lieu of tithe on lead ore, the value of which rarely induced the Rectors to give up the post when given another elsewhere. He became Bishop of Durham in 1787, a rich enough living in its own right, and was succeeded at Stanhope that year by Henry Hardinge.