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Monday 1st April 1833 Mr Benson of Fallowfield came to me to pay the first instalment upon the Bill he gave me for his Son’s arrear upon Dilston New Town South Farm, and I settled with him all the outstanding claims he had against the Hospital. I dispatched Mr Hunt to inspect the draining required at the several farms at Dilston, and to order such to be proceeded with as I pointed out to him, if he found it could not be delayed without prejudice to the Tenants. Had negotiations with several parties relative to Westwood Farm, and finally closed with Mr Snowball of Wharmley, subject to the Board’s approbation, for one year’s tenancy and the present year’s crop, on his paying £200 for the Crop, and £280 for the farm – this is £60 more than I could get offered elsewhere, with the certainty of prompt payment, and I was glad to get it off my hands upon these terms. Wrote a private letter to Mr Crawhall expressing my regret that notwithstanding the prompt manner in which the Committee of Directors of the Railway Company met my wishes respecting compensating the Hospital’s tenantry, nothing had yet been done towards assessing the amount of damages, and the May rent-day was now fast approaching. I urged upon him his attention the necessity of this matter being immediately settled, for the satisfaction of all parties, and for securing a good understanding between the Hospital and the Company. Wrote to the Bankers advising them of a Bill due this day, and also of two others due on the 6th and 11th respectively.