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Dissington. Wednesday night. My dear Mother, You will already have heard from Thomas the answer that he received from Mr. Hodson on Monday – When his letter reached me on Tuesday with the information, you will imagine that I was very far from being pleased, <&> had left Bywell without a positive acceptance <or refusal> - Hodson had in fact gained his object if the <matter> was <allowed> to remain in the <state> Thomas had left it, as he could then sell the estate for 120,000 £ if he could not get more from any one else – I instantly therefore mounted my horse (it was past two o Clock) galloped to Bywell, where I found Mr. & Mrs. Hodson just setting out for Styford - After the most <civil> salutations & enquiries on his part, I asked him what answer he had to make to the offer: he then lamented that he was so unfortunately situated that he could not give me an answer and asked till Thursday – This <however> I told him was totally impossible, and I was determined to withdraw the offer altogether – When he saw that nothing would change this determination he consulted with Mrs. Hodson and consented to the sale of the estate – he instantly dispatched a <messenger> to Mr. Pearson. It was then near 5 o Clock, and as I had company at home, I was obliged to return – I have been there today, and <have seen the House> with him – We had a good deal of conversation respecting the Title deeds which are in the possession of Mr. <Pusey who> has a mortgage on the estate of 12,000 £. Mr. <P> has refused to accept the money, or give up the Deeds until the expiration of his <term> at the end of four years – An abstract therefore must be taken of them, <which> he will allow, subject to the approval of Counsel – Mr. <Burnhope> made his <purchase> a few years ago of the <Trewton Hall> farm <with> similar title. Hodson will give directions to Mr. <Brydges> his Solicitor in London to draw out the Articles, which will be sent down to Mr. Pearson – Nearly half the purchase money can be left <in trust> upon the estate until it will be convenient to pay it off. I have desired <Barden> to meet Thomas tomorrow (Thursday) in Newcastle at 2 o Clock to <fix> with him upon two <factors> qualified to value the Timber – Hodson now shows every disposition to have the whole business as amicably & speedily arranged as possible – If I had <lost> a day in seeing Hodson, the estate would in all probability have been lost, as he was inclined to consider himself bound by Mr. Pearson’s <promise> of the refusal to Mr. <Crepach> [End of page and surviving letter]
Undated and apparently incomplete, lacking an ending. It appears to fall in sequence between TWB’s letters of the 7th and 30th September, given the state of the Bywell purchase, and his letter of 30th can be interpreted as a response to his mother’s reply to this letter. 30 Sept 1819 was a Thursday, so the latest Wednesday night on which this letter could have been written was the 22nd, hence the date assigned to it here.