Letter – Nicholas Walton to John King – 25 May 1736

Document Type: Letter
Date: 25 May 1736
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: John King
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 105
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To Mr John King  Kesweek

Dr Sr                                                                              Ravensworth Castle  May 25th 1736

	We were favoured with yours of the 13 of May Inst by which it Appears that you have adjusted the Differance between us & Joseph Scott of Stable hills, but it had been better if you had Settled the Damage which he ought to pay for the use of the Hospitalls,  When we came over that Shall be adjusted.

	As the dispute between Bowe the farmer of the Stone Quarry & the Tennants we can only Say this that what ever Tennts have or had formerly a Right to Winn Stones without the Lds leave must have the Same now & those who have not that right Bowe has an Action against but whoever he brings Actions against it must be at his & not the Hospitalls expence for he as a Man of Dessention cannot Expect that we can involve our principals in Law Suits about a Triviall Rent of 2s a year.  We will take care to preserve the rights of the Hospitall as farr as we have by them a right to doe it but before we agree to defend endless Law Suits we must desire to be well Informed of the Circumstances of each.

	You will therefore be verry kind in acquainting us with the former Customes as to this Quarry & whether the Tennants who now claime have legally a Right to Winn Stones there or not without the Lds leave, Bowe has what Right the Lord has for one year.

	Fran Fisher the Tennt of Castlehead is very impertinent in discharging the Ld of the Mannors Carts when Leading Stone, for repairing the Town Hall, but he as Tennant has an undoubted right to Damage of Ground by Leading Stones from the Quarry & the Lord as well as other Tennants must pay it or Bowe the farmer of the Quarry must pay.  We will Justify him in his way to the Quarry provided Fisher is Satisfyed for Damage of Ground

      We are yor Most Humble Servts

            Nichos Walton	Hugh Boag

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