Letter – Nicholas Walton to William Brown – 1 Mar 1773

Document Type: Letter
Date: 1 Mar 1773
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: William Brown
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 96
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To William Brown at Langley Mill.        			Farnacres 1st March 1773


      In answer to your Letter about the Allotment Ground at Langley Mill I send this to acquaint you that is is our fixed resolution not to allow of any Plowing in the little Farms intended for the Workmen inhabiting Cottages at Langley Mill except in the Ground lying Southwest from the Helm where the Well is and that only will be allowed in case upon consideration when Mr Smeaton and I are upon the spot appears proper even to admit of that.  It is also our determination that each Person who has an Allotment or small Farm may be clear at the end of any year upon six Months notice, and that the Commissioners of the Greenwich Hospital or whoever may be the Lessors may also be clear of any Tenant at the end of any year upon six Months notice. Each year to commence upon the twelfth day of May and that the first year to commence upon the twelfth of May 1773.  I think it also necessary to acquaint you that the Ground was taken particularly with an intention to accommodate the Refiners and Reducers and that they must consequently be always preferred.  You have said you were agreable to take one of these small Farms and you tell me which of them has fallen to your lot, at the same time you intimate that it will be hard to accept it upon the Terms which you knew would be insisted upon and acquaint me you have no doubt you can get something more fit for you and for a Term of Years, I therefore desire you will immediately let Mr Mulcaster know whether you desire to be quit or not and I now inform you that you are at liberty to be off.

      With regard to the Straw we shall take care that it is brought back again or Manure in lieu of it.   I am for Mr Smeaton and Self.

      Your well wisher 

      N W Junr

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