Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 8 Mar 1773

Document Type: Letter
Date: 8 Mar 1773
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 96
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Mr Mulcaster.                Private.              Farnacres 8th March 1773

      Your Letter of the 3rd instant now lies before me and in answer thereto I now take this opportunity of acquainting you that I have wrote you a Letter which you are to show to William Brown and to send me an answer the first convenient time after you gave done so, the Letter is inclosed herewith.  As upon the consideration of this Affair it seems to you that some alteration may be properly as to Rents to be paid for the Farms at Langley Mill for the first six years and as I approve much of the Idea you have of it that matter will certainly have our particular attention when Mr Smeaton and I are together but there is no need to mention this at present.

      I cannot recollect when Thomas Brown first promised me that the Straw should be cut but when he happened to be at this place about Dean Raw Farm and that was before the last Lead Carriers Pay I put him in mind of the promise and desired he would take care and keep to it and he then assured me I might depend upon it.   It is quite a matter of indifference whether they fulfill the promise or not I know what is to be done.

      In your next pray let me know the Name of the Administratrix who I suppose Thomas Browns Widow.

      The whole of the Lead from which you sent me Assays in your last is refineable.         I am Your most hble Servt

      N W Junr


Mr Mulcaster.                           Farnacres 8th March 1773

      I have reced your Letter of the 3rd instant and it appears to me William Brown will not be easy with his Farm at Langley Mill or satisfied in any respect.  As he can be accommodated otherwise and has said he had given it up and that Frank Robinson had his free leave to take it I would by all means have him not to trouble himself with it but to give it and the Cottage up directly so as to leave both upon the 12th of May; I am sure if he does not do so it will be quite disagreable to Mr Smeaton and me for I repeat it, it does not appear to me he can be satisfied if he stays.  You may show him this Letter and I desire to hear from you the first opportunity.

      I am Your very hble Setvt

      N W Junr

PS.    Youll observe to Brown that if we were never so strongly inclined we cannot possibly give him an assurance of his keeping the Farm above a Year, at a time, for the reasons which I before gave him.

Rents to be paid for small farms at Langley Mill

Seven years Rent to 12th May 1780 at £14 14s   £102 18

Farm No 1 1st Year £2

          2nd Year £2 10

          3rd Year £3

          4th Year £3 10

          5th Year £4

          6th Year £4  4

          7th Year £3  4    £22  8

Farm No 2 1st Year £2  6

          2nd Year £2 16

          3rd Year £3  6

          4th Year £3 16

          5th Year £4  6

          6th Year £4 10

          7th Year £3 10    £24 10

Farm No 3 1st Year £2  2

          2nd Year £2 12

          3rd Year £3  2

          4th Year £3 12

          5th Year £4  2

          6th Year £4  6

          7th Year £3  6    £23 2

Farm No 3 1st Year £2  5

          2nd Year £2 15

          3rd Year £3  5

          4th Year £3 15

          5th Year £4  5

          6th Year £4  9

          7th Year £3  9    £24 3              £102 18

Five p cent upon the money expended in making hedges &c is to be paid by the Tenants of the above farms in manner as set forth in Mr Walton jnr’s letter to Mr Mulcaster of 31st Aug 1772

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