Letter – Nicholas Walton to John King – 27 Feb 1737

Document Type: Letter
Date: 27 Feb 1737
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: John King
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 105
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To Mr John King                       

      Ravensworth Castle  February 27 1736/7

	Your Accot of the Confirmations of the Severall Farmes at Keswick came to hand in Course for which you have our thanks; but we are concern’d to find you have gone contrary to the Boards Confirmation, & instead of those Tennants they confirmed that you Should Confirm others.  It is what you nor we have no right to doe, nor must we upon any Accot make any alterations unless there is an apparent hazard in the Persons Circumstances to whom they had Confirmed, & even in that case we cannot make any alteration in the Rent, except it is for one year only.  Such Persons as the Generalls Court have thought fitt to Confirm must have the Strictest Justice done them & if any thing to the Contrary appears to the Board you & Mr Pearson must answer for it, as we have done our duty.  If in any alteration you have made the Person (whose Circumstance you Suspect) gives up Freely then you may lett for one year at the best Rent till we can have the further Commands of the Board.

	The Board will allow you Five Guineas for your Journey to Newcastle to Attend Mr Gray, but as it has not passed the Genl Court, you are not to draw upon us for it till you hear further from Your most Hble Servts                

      N Walton  Hugh Boag

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