Letters – Joseph Richmond to Anne Featherston – 26 May 1732

Document Type: Letters
Date: 26 May 1732
Correspondent: Joseph Richmond
Recipient: Anne Featherston
Archive Source: NRO 673 2
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To Mrs Featherston			Newcastle 26 May 1732


I reced your Lre  of the 30th Mar[ch], in Answr to one of Mr Blackett & the Trustees, I have communicated the Contents, w[hi]ch I am now to tell you are not very agreable, since you have thought proper after three Years forbearance to call in Question the justness of their Decisions, & deny Mr Featherston's hand writing, thu[ough] the same has been proved to the satisfaction of Mr Ellis & Mr Wharton, both of your own appointm[en]t to inspect the same, If you are really doubtful of Mr Ellis' Judgem[en]t  w[i]th regard to the acco[un]t or of Mr Whartons and your own w[i]th regard to Mr Featherston's hand writing (w[hi]ch I think you can't) pray what friendly satisfaction remains to be given you? If you will appoint any other Person to examine into the Affair before the 12 of next Month I make no Doubt but convince them also, but if you will not be convinced in a Friendly way, I am now for the last time to tell you, it will be done in an adversary one, but I hope & desire you will take the necessary measures to prevent it. Dukesfield pay is fixed to the 14th next month, you know very well there are several persons who have wanted money of you since the last pay who at this will surely expect to have it, some of them have been here w[it]h their Complaints but are referred back to you f[ro]m whom their demand are actually due, being charged in the quart[erl]y acco[unt] but not bro[ugh]t into the Reckoning Book, you have a list of them on the other side, w[hi]ch I send you for your Examination, & in order to prevent the clamour w[hi]ch will ensue if you make not them all easy at the Pay, and as the paym[en]t of these articles amounting to £17.6s.11d will be so much p[ai]d of your Balance due to Mr Blackett, I doubt not but you will be well advis'd what is most proper for you to do therein, Inclosed is your acco[un]t with the Ex[ecu]tors w[hi]ch I am certain is just, If I can be certain in anything, it is drawn out f[ro]m 1724 from Mr Featherstons own general acco[un]t in order that you may see the £200 p[ai]d by Mr Salkeld in Feb[rua]ry 1726/7 was not included in Mr Featherstons last pay. I am etc   J.R.

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