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For Mrs. Croney att m r s Cabrise att the Golden ffarm ouer against Grays Inngate In Hollbourne London. May it please your Ladyshipe. Kepwicke Nouember the 21th: 1720. Mr. Busby and I am now here, it is a great Storme of Snow, as I came here, I see that Mr. Lorance, that brought me a letter from your Ladyshipe Some time Since concerneing Aldston moore, there was a gentleman with him one Mr. Geo: Errington who lives by Grays Inn att London, and I supose this Mr. Errington is desired by the Gentlemen att London that Imploye mr. Lorance to Inspect and to make Inouirey into matters in Aldston moore, they both went there last Thursday, I told mr. Lorance some time agoe what your Ladyshipe writt me Concerneing the Lead mill att woodhall. I find notwithstanding your Ladyshipe was soe kind as to lett them haue that mill Rent free, they now Expect your Ladyshipe will giue them wood to Repaire her, which will be worth fifty pounds, at least, this mr. Errington is the Gentleman that Jockyed Coll: Radclyffe out of plessy Coiliary for a Lease of 99 years at £18 /ann', which Alderman Ridley has now and worth 2000£ pr ann', but this to your Ladyshipe Selfe, but mr. Piggott Knowes this mr. Errington very well, mr. Alderman Ridley has bought the dues of Lead oare in aldston moore for Some yeares past, and if these gentlemen at London should buy them this next yeare, and Alderman Ridley should not haue an offer of them and giueing as much price as any body Else, it may make him take Check and backward in the affaire Concerning the purchaseing of the Reversion of Coll: Radclyffes Estate, I leaue this to your Ladyships prudent Consideration, there is one Richd wallas a Tennant at Lowbyer in Aldston moore, and a Bayliffe vnder your Ladyshipe in the manner of Aldston moore, he has Leveyed Executions in that mannor as was formerly done in other Bayliffes time, and there is two sutes or actions brought against him, which will cost him at Least fifteen pounds, the man is in such a Consternation that he Cannot tell what to doe, and dare not Leuey any Executions that are fairely Recouered at the Courts, I cannot Compute this to anything Else, but the Easyness and negligence of mr. Simpson the Steward of the sd Court, that Court being a Court of Record and all sumes aboue 40 shillings ought to haue been tryed as in Courts of Record, which I beleaue has not been soe, but has been done now as formerly, but it is noe blott, till a blott is hitt, notwithstanding the great winds, wee haue had, there is very litle wood blowne downe in any part of your Ladyshipes Estate, I haue not more to add but to assure your Ladyshipe, I am, yor most obdient Seruant, Tho: Errington.
PSAN 3rd ser, Vol 7, (1915-6), p.6 ‘The following letters, etc., are from the Radcliffe papers belonging to the Rev. T. Stephens of Horsley. The letters were written by Thomas Errington, who seems to have been one of Lady Derwentwater's agents’. It is assumed here that ‘Mrs Croney’ was an agreed pseudonym for Lady Derwentwater. J. C. Hodgson added to the printed transcripts: ‘Thomas Errington, the writer of these letters printed was, I think, Thomas Errington of Sandhoe, who was admitted to the Hostmen's Company by mandamus in 1686,and died 30th May, 1748 (see pedigree, new History of Northumberland, vol. iv, p. 189). The Mr. George Errington of Gray's Inn, 'who jockyed Coll: Radclifte out of Plessy colliery,' was a son of Nicholas Errington of Ponteland, and admitted to Gray's Inn 27th January 1674-5. His connection with Plessey Colliery is noticed in Mr. T. E. Forster's chapter on the Collieries and the Coal Trade of the chapelry of Horton (new Hist., vol. ix, p. 231). If I am not mistaken, the above-named George Errington of Gray's Inn was buried before 15th December, 1725, in a vault in St. Pancras's church yard.’