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May it please your Ladyshipe. Capheaton Aprill the 25th: 1723 I writt your Ladyshipe about a month or fiue weeks Since, and then told you what money I had of your Ladyships in my hand, and haue Since that time gott some more, I desired your Ladyshipe to lett me know how much I must pay to mrsers ffenwicks and waters, to be Returnd to London to mr. Radburne, but I haue had noe answer from your Ladyshipe as yett aboute that affaire, mrsers ffenwicks and waters, and mr. Radburne, agrees in there account, of what money I paid to ffenwicks and waters as they told me last weeke, I cannot omitt accquainting your Ladyshipe what has hapend, lately, and Since I writt you Relateing to the ffarme of Buteland, which mr. wm Charleton of Reedsmouth now farmes of your Ladyshipe, and which he is to haue a new Lease of againe, at the Same Rent of 86£ / ann vpon his procureing a good Tytle of the Lands in the manner of warke to those you shoud name in trust for you but Mr. John Aynsley does not Aproue of the Tytle to be one of the best, mr Robert widdrington, whose Eldest Brother mr. Henry widdrington, was Killed by the Said mr. Charleton, as all people beleaued, for mr. Charleton ffledd out of this Kingdome vpon that misfortune now this mr. Robert widdringtons ffather farmed this ffarme of Buteland which mr. Charleton now farmes and this mr. Robert widdrington has Lands to the value of aboute 120£ / ann Joynes vpon Buteland, Called Broomvp, ffellin, Steell, Hindhaugh, and Stidley hill, which came by his mother, and the old ffrancis Earle of Darwentwater, when Sr ffrancis Radclyffe Bart Bought those Lands which mr. Charleton now farmes of the Said mr. Robert widdringtons mothers Sister, they being two Heireses, and that Sister Intermaryed with one mr. Sutton, of whome Sr ffrancis Radclyffe purchased from. Sr francis and this mr. widdringtons ffather, whose name was william widdrington, being very Intimately accquainted, made a Deuision of those Lands, and which was aboute fifty yeares Since, but neuer Reduced into writeing, and Buleland was allotted and Sett for Sr firancis part, and the other Lands aboue named was allotted and Sett for mr. widdringtons part, but now mr. Robert widdrington thinks and beleaues that Buteland which is your Ladyships part, and which now mr. Charleton ffarmes, is of more value then his Lands are of, and woud now haue a new Division, and as there was noe writeings drawne of a division fformerly, he hopes the Law will allow him one now, and this mr. Robert widdrington told me before two very Substantiall men, that if he could haue a new devision he would giue your Ladyshipe 160£ / ann' which is now but 86£ /ann which is 74£ /ann' aduance Rent, and what those Palmars Lands in the manner of warke may Turne to, noe body knows, I writt all this to mr. Radburne aboute Tenn dayes Since, if your Ladyshipe haue amind to be kind to this mr. Charleton I am very well pleased with it, but it is my Duty to lett you know what I am Informed of for your Ladyships Intrest and my Lords, this mr. Charleton has a Brother that is a Doctor of Phisicke, who has been, and still is a bitter Enimye of mine, he maryed my Cosin Erringtons widdow of wallicke Grange, and by that Marriage he came to be my Enimye, he made me pay 280£ for a ffine 4 yeares Since, which before was but 14£ ffine for a Lease of a small parcell of Ground belonging to the Duke of Somersitt, and now wallicke Grange Lease which the Doctor lives in, and belongs to his Grace is neare Expired, and he will make me pay 3: or 400£ more for the Renewall of that Lease, if your Ladyshipe would be Soe kind to me, as to write to mr. wm. Charleton your Bayliffe in the mannor of warke, to prevaile with his Brother, in not Setting vp to bidd against me, for the Lease of wallicke Grange, it would Saue me a great deale of money, and if Soe, then your Ladyshipe might Show Some more fauour to mr. Charleton aboute Buteland ffarme, and I hope my Lord will gett more by me, then euer he will gett by mr. Charleton, but I leaue this to your Ladyships owne Consideration to doe as you thinke proper, I Cannot but put your Ladyshipe in mind, and I thinke it very proper for your Ladyshipe to write to your vnkle mr. Arthur Radclyffe who liues here, and Giue him an Invitation to Dilston House, I doe this for Seuerall Reasons, which I shall omitt here, att prsent, I am sure he will be very well there, and want for nothing that is Conuenient for him, all this familly are well, and Giues there humble Seruice to your Ladyshipe and familly, and your Ladyshipe may be assured of it that I am, Yor most faithfull obedient humble Seruant, Tho: Errington. A madame Madame La Countese de Darwentwater Dans La Rue Haute Proche de La Chapell a Bruxells pr ostend to a Londra pst. pd. 4d: to London.
PSAN 3rd ser, Vol 7, (1915-6), pp.69-70