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Ravensworth Castle August 11. 1738 To William Corbett esq. Sir We were favour’d with yours of the 3d Inst & are glad to hear you are got well home & that your estate gave you so much pleasure as that you have no reason to be sorry you made the Purchase, & it is exceedingly kind that you are so good as determine not to advance your Ten[ant]’s Rents. The Borer will send away from hence his Work Tools next Wednesday by the carrier & will sett out himself so as to be at Darnhall about the latter end of this Month, which will be about the time his Worktools will be there & shall have Directions to make Tryall for the Brass trough you mention. We will Settle with Mr Thompson about your Survey &c & acquaint you therewith. Mr Boag has Wrote to his Friend & given him full power to take the Lead Mine at one Tenth Duty & as soon as we have his ans[we]r you shall hear again from us on that head, we believe the Gent[lema]n Mr Boag has wrote to will expect a share but that will we believe only be a small one. We are Sir Yours &c Walton & Boag An Acco.t Shewing how the acct with Mr Isaac Thompson for Surveying the Derwentwater Estate was made up Viz [There follows a table available in the PDF version of this document]
Darnhall, in Cheshire, was acquired by the Corbett family soon after the dissolution of Vale Royal Abbey. Peter Corbett sold the estate before 1642, but the present William Corbett regained it in the 1730s and the family lived there until 1860 when it was sold – an estate of 1700 acres with a large mansion.[Tony Bostock, ‘19th Century Darnall’].