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My Lord Farnacres 8th February 1794 An application being intended to be made to Parliament this Session for the obtaining of an Act for making a Turnpike Road from Burtry Ford in the County of Durham to Alston in the County of Cumberland and from Alston by the Dyke to Burnstones in the County of Northumberland I beg leave to name this to your Lordship tho’ I have no doubt you will recollect that Notice of the proposed application was given at the Sessions holden at Penrith in October last and that you enquired of Mr Peters in what situations the Toll Gates were to be erected. He could not give your Lordship any information, indeed no determination had been made, and Mr Peters, tho’ now appointed to solicit the Bill, was at the time of your Lordships seeing him, merely employed to give the Notices required by the House of Commons, instead of Mr Addison of Penrith, who died upon the 27th of September. I have the honor now to intimate to your Lordship that a Meeting of the Subscribers and other Persons interested in the intended Road was held at Hexham on Wednesday last at which the Bill was read and approved and a Petition to Parliament signed and it was agreed to leave the fixing of the situations of the Toll Gates to the discretion of a Meeting of any Five or more of the Trustees under the Act except in one
The recipient is not named and the last part cropped so not clear who the letter has come from – assumed to be Nicholas Walton Junr. A sketch map associated with this letter is available in the PDF of this document.