Letter – John Grey to James Graham – 12 Jan 1833

Document Type: Letter
Date: 12 Jan 1833
Correspondent: John Grey
Recipient: James Graham
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John Grey Esqr 12th Jany 1833 Promulgation of His intended appt

[printed newspaper notice affixed to cover sheet:]

The change in the management of the Greenwich Hospital estates, in this country, we believe is now arranged, and will be carried into effect in April. Instead of two Receivers, three clerks and six bailiffs, as at present, we understand it is intended only to have one of each, and the business will be transacted at Hexham instead of this town. It is currently reported that Mr Grey, of Millfield, is to be the new Receiver, an appointment which, we are sure, will give very general satisfaction, for we are confident that a gentleman better qualified for the situation could not possibly have been selected.

Milfield Hill, nr Wooler Jany – 12 – 1833


	In the first communication that I had the honor to receive from you on the subject of the receivership of the Greenwich Hospital, you requested particularly that my appointment, should it take place, might not be mentioned by me until I should have your permission to do so. I was anxious, as well on that account as on my own, that it should have remained secret – but was surprised to hear about ten days ago, that Mr Fenwick, who is I believe Colliery Viewer for the Hospital, has named it to an acquaintance of mine near Newcastle, who mentioned it to me, saying that he presumed it must be correct, as Mr Fenwick had just come from London, & had heard it from someone connected with the establishment – Since that time the report seems to have spread, though not having been in that neighbourhood, I was not aware of it – for on my return yesterday from Scotland, I found two letters from persons applying for employment as Bailiff, besides the notice which I enclose, from the Newcastle Chronicle of this date.

	I hope that this premature announcement, may not now cause you any inconvenience, & my only reason for troubling you on the subject is to preserve myself from the suspicion of bad faith respecting it.

	I have the honor to be Sir

	Your most obedient Servant

      John Grey

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