Letter – Thomas Willey to Richard Wetherall – 10 Jun 1767

Document Type: Letter
Date: 10 Jun 1767
Correspondent: Thomas Willey
Recipient: Richard Wetherall
Archive Source: NRO 452 E 2 3 2 2
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      Blanchland 10th June 1767

Dear Sr,

	I took this opportunity of giving you a hint of Mr Marshall’s preferement, he’s got to be mill steward for Mrs Loraine at Blackhall Mill in Hexhamshire & has set up a School there & has sent for one of my Boys that I taught four years for Nothing (to be his Usher) I here that Mrs Smith’s going to send her Sons too him again. Since he was discharged Teaching at Blanchland, he recommended One Wilkins of Hexham to Smith. She sent them to him a year & since they could not learn at Hexham. She’s had them in the Shire at a place called Hackford but never as much as Offerrd them to me again & when her Son was down from <London> last summer he told her to my knowledge that they were not so good as when they left my School.

	If the trustee’s meeting shou’d be, before I see you I hope you’ll discharge him – whom I am Impos’d upon, with my own Scholar by his Doctrine &c. He has nothing at Blanchld that’s quick (but his washer) so I think his Farm at Slaley is more convenient than Blanchld except it be for the sake of Convenience amongst the <Peastraw.>

	The last flood has done sum little damage in our waterside, I beg that you’ll give me a line by the bearer old Rutledge if I must repair it. Mr & Mrs Hudson presents their Complts & he cannot be down at this Visitation, he says that he will be doen in a little time.

	I sent you a line last week by the post, I have not received an Answer as yet. Please to give Miss Wetherell the Inclos’d.  Make my Compliments to Mr Hays and Mr Burke & let Mr Hays know that Mrs Teasdle (is by account) in a hopeful way of getting another husband, her servant Man is turning out the Refiner Johnny Makepeace. My Compliments to you and your good family & am Dear Sir your most Humble Servt

	Thos Willey
NRO 452/D/3/4/B/5. Mention of Miss Wetherall suggests that the recipient was Richard Wetherall (1717-73), receiver for the Lord Crewe charity, owners of Blanchland. Willey appears to have been a local steward or agent writing to one of the charity’s trustees. The Thomas Marshall is a correspondent in the letters of Mrs Loraine, also included in ‘Dukesfield Documents’

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