Letter – Nicholas Walton to John Stephenson – 13 Apr 1742

Document Type: Letter
Date: 13 Apr 1742
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: John Stephenson
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 107
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To Mr John Stephenson at Nentsberry 			Ravensworth Castle Apr.13. 1742

Dear Sir 

      Mr Ricardson having wrote a letter to our board that he is Seized of the Manour of Garrygill adjoining Alstonmoore and that the Lessees under the Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital are likely to come into his Liberty, therefore disires his Title may be look’d into in order to settle the same in an amicable manner; which being refreddown to us to make our report thereon, & not being thoroughly acquainted with what Mr Ricardson Claimes upon, we have this day wrote a letter to Mr Simpson disiring  he will make a State of the whole matterin dispute. And in order that he may be furnished with materials to sett the affair in a Clear light we disire you will goe to him to Penrith with Mr Ricardson who we have disired  to take his writings to lay before Mr Simpson. You will take care to Informe Mr Simpson of what appears to you in the Hospitals favour with respet to the Mines having being wrought in this disputed ground under the Derwentwater family and what other Reasons you have to believe it to belong to the Derwentwater Estate; but let this be done without Mr Ricardsons knowledge and when that is done and Mr Ricardson has shewn his Title Mr Simpson will be able to make such a state of the matter as will answer our purpose.

      We wrote to Mr Emerson that you were to take care that no Lead ore dues be removed out of the quantity raised from Mich. last to Mich next which we hope he has acquainted you with and we doubt not but you will observe it with great care & Exactness and are Sr, Your Hble Srvts

      NW & HB

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