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Auckland Castle Aug. 22nd 1798 Dear Sir, I consider the proposed inclosure of the waste hands in the parish of Stanhope as a measure, which will not only be very beneficial to the Country, but will (if properly arranged with regard to the rights and interests of the parties) produce a considerable advantage to every person interested, and among them both an immediate and prospective advantage to the Rectorial and Episcopal estate. As however some questions may occur relative to the arrangement proper to be adopted respecting our several rights, it would be a great relief if the proprietors and their advisers were to form the outline of a proposal as to the terms of the inclosure; and that it be submitted to Counsel for opinion, both as to the Justice and propriety on our part. This, though not conclusively binding, would have it’s weight in directing our Judgements, and removing any scruples, as to the propriety of what may be proposed to be done relative to the rights which it is our duty to attend to, and for which we must consider ourselves as Trustees. Under this impression I have intimated an inclination for an interview upon the subject, in order to suggest to the agents the expediency of their forming such an outline for our consideration. If they accede to this, and you concur in the expediency of what I have proposed, I should wish that a Case stating the circumstances, should be sent and laid before your Brother (if he will give us leave) for his opinion & advice as to the rights and claims both of the Episcopal and Rectorial Estate. Let me have your Sentiments and believe me, &tc S.D. The Revd. Henry Hardinge
Revd. Henry Hardinge was the Rector of Stanhope in 1798.