Letters – Thomas Wentworth to John Wentworth – 20 Jul 1769

Document Type: Letters
Date: 20 Jul 1769
Correspondent: Thomas Wentworth
Recipient: John Wentworth
Archive Source: AE Wentworth letters
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								Bretton, July 20th 1769

Dear Sir

      William Lambert, the Bearer, a Farmer served seven years apprentiship [sic] near here, & follow’d the business for himself eleven years at York, aged 32 of a good constitution, and understands all the business of farming and will be glad to submit to any direction or order you shall think proper to give he is desirous of seeing a foreign country and would be glad to settle if possible, Mr Prince, who perhaps you may remember to have seen here, recommends him also, as having known him many years, - therefore if such a man can be of service to you in your New Plantation or Settlement it will give me great pleasure, that after a trial he may turn out well and to your satisfaction. By your order I received some sweetmeats &tc. which were extremely good, for which many thanks, I saw in London and din’d several times with Messrs. Fisher and Nelson at Mr. Paul Wentworth’s and at the club of Americans in St. Paul’s Churchyard at the Queens Head, I liked their company very well and they seem very honest, chearfull [sic] and sensible men, and I have the pleasure to think that I have settled a correspondence with them to hear from them with the additional benefit to my Plantation from their kind promises and offers to send me more seeds, Roots &tc. from different Regions. I saw Mr. Livins who was in good health, I could persuade none of them to come into Yorkshire, being all engaged in business and politicks, however all seem quiet now, some run into Scotland to marry and great Folks marry, divorce and marry again with great tranquillity and little expence [sic], it gives me a years longing to try but Venus has been tolerably propitious otherwise as I hope she has proved to you, so no great matter lost.

      This Summer I have taken of [sic] the Lead from the Roof of my House, the Lead being porous and let in water in many places, I have covered it again with Blue Slate, I shall be glad to know what covering you have put upon your own House. I go on planting, building & destroying. Last Monday was Lady Macdonals birthday which was celebrated at Gunthwaite and at night the little wood lighted up and musick and dancing &tc. and tomorrow Captn. Bosville & Miss Bosville’s Birthday and the same intended, and next week I intend to set out for the Isle of Sky to visit Sr. Alexander and Lady Macdonald. Mr. Paul Wentworth intended to go into Holland, but whether he is gone I don’t know. Mr. Mrs. & Miss Bosville and my sister Betty dined with me today, and we drunk your health and they desire their best respects.

      I suppose you can not think of coming into England till all Public & private Disputes are settled, which I wish may be effectuated to mutual satisfaction. There are curious letters on both sides in the Public Papers which you no doubt have.   

      Lord Rockingham is in the Country.

When you have a little time from business pray favour me with a line, which will greatly oblige

Dear Sir Your very Sincere & Obedt. Servant

      T. Wentworth

Your late coachman is gone to London, but I don’t know how he employs himself except in drinking. - 

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