Letter – Nicholas Walton to Hugh Boag – 14 Nov 1736

Document Type: Letter
Date: 14 Nov 1736
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Hugh Boag
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 105
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To Mr Hugh Boag

      R Castle  Novr 14  1736

Mr Boag 

	I reced yours of the 9th Inst last Post for wch I thank you

	I will take care to speak to Mr Need as to a liberty of winning Stones & burning lime for Newlands & to be sure you are Right in makg a reservation in all Leases of Royaltys of Every kind to be used as the Lord thinks fitt paying reasonable damages; but to what purpose is it my talkg with Tennants when nothing is agreed upon by the Hospitall either as to Covenants or Repairs  You Shoud Certainly have had that under consideration & a Minute made by the General Court for Our Justification.  What can I say to Tennts nothing that I see but telling them their farmes are Confirmed & they must be subject to such covenants as the Hospitall agrees upon.  I Shall I do assure you say no more for I think it behoves you & me to keep as Clear of Parliamentary enquirys as any others & that you & me may be Justifyed   I begg you may get a Minute Made as to repaires etc.

	It may be that the Directors may think us precepitate in having their farmes Confirmed by such Offers as has been made Since but If they Consider how hard it is upon Tennants to be at uncertaintyes they will Certainly think as we doe but I realy think the Most of ‘em are strangers to those Affaires

	So long as Farmes are unconfirmed how can I do otherwise than take in proposals but sure nobody will offer for things that are Confirmed

	Mr Dodds of Throckley is in Such Circumstances that I doubt he cannot Farme, nor do I see that Mr Airey can have it as there is £21 bidd above him  I have not taken Notice of It’s being Confirmed to Potts or any Body, it will therefore be proper that the directors give orders wt they wd have done for I shall doe nothing wth out their Order.

	I am glad you have prepaired a further list for Confirmacon & I hope to have it by this post, as also an Accot of the Confirmacon of Lead Mines  Surely the directors cannot take it Ill that I wrote my Sentements a bout them

	I Observe that a List will be sent me this post of wt Farmes are to be putt into the Newcastle paper for three weeks  its Strange they shou’d be so long abt it.

	Mr Bacon Desires to have the preference in Gregshield Collry at the higher Offer Mr Wastells Offer is for Simonburn Colliery wch is not the Same that 40s is Offered for but Seperate Collierys you may therefore Confirm them both.

	I wrote to Mr Reed that he could not have Buteland under £150 & that If he thought it worth his while to Farme it at that rate it wd do well to write to you I hope he has done so.

	I do not hear whether Mr Dalaval is pleased wth his Tythes or not but Browne is much displeased as is Mr Aynsley of Little harle I Shall endeaviour to see Mr Dalaval & lett you know.

	I advised Watson & Corbett to pitition the Board or write to You

	For the future Mr Corbett shall not be troubled wth two Long Letters but he must give me leave to explain my meaning in Such things as I write about

	This day I send bills to Hercules Baker Esqr for £524.13.3 & last week I sent to the Bank Bills for £875.-.2d but Mr Baddock writes me they take no notice of odd halfpennys

	In hope the Colll will Succeed in the Lead Mines Afterall but I am sorry he shoud have so much trouble abt ‘em Mr Ellison shewed me the Colll proposals yesterday & his Opposers.  pray advise the Colll not to be backward in the Sum to be laid Out, but I apprehend it’s Over.

	What I can doe abt Birtley Farme shall be done & I doe not intend to pt wth Geo Humble who wll I think be a good Tennant

	Next post I hope to have ready the Tennts Arrears at mayday Last & an Abstract of our Cash Accot by wch you must Settel for I am not willing we should Settle In any other way Why we shoud Charge our Selves wth the whole Rt I know not.  Sure they do not Intend we are to make good Losses by Tennts wch I think we are liable to by charging our selves wth the Whole, the Cash accot of our recets & dispursemts is all I apprehend necessary to be Settled giving an Accot of Arrears at the Same time & I desire for the Sake of your owne & my Family that we may Settle in no other way.  I have no time to add more but am

	Yours etc          N Walton

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