Journal entry – John Grey – 2 May 1834

Document Type: Journal entry
Date: 2 May 1834
Correspondent: John Grey
Archive Source: TNA ADM 80 19
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Friday 2nd May

       The previous state of Fourstones Colliery & the near termination of the Lease of Brokenheugh, as well as the intricacy of Stublick under it peculiarly desirable that their condition should be viewed by a professional Man.  Mr Fenwick the present Viewer, has I believe more to do than is consistent with his Age & the state of his health, and it can be no object with him to give his attendance to concerns apparently so trifling. My enquiries had been directed to discover some younger Viewer, of skill & experience, who would be willing to undertake the occasional examination of the Collieries at a moderate charge for his time and expenses.  One who was recommended, I rather objected to, on account of his being employed in a concern which Major Johnson is a Partner. Another, Mr Forster, to whom no such objection exists, has been represented as a most suitable person, by Mr Morton of Lambton, & I wrote to him today desiring him to explain the matter to Mr Forster, & describe the concerns, & to desire him, should he be willing to undertake it, to inform me upon what terms he would do so. 

       Went out to see the progress of the Brick Yard & the quantity of Land occupied by it, for which the tenant must be compensated by the Lessee; as well as to urge him to get us an early supply of Bricks, which he promises in three weeks hence.  Then went with Mr Parkin to arrange for the peeling of Bark & fix the price per ton that should be given for the work, & to examine the Woods on the Western boundary of the Dilston Estate, which have been gone through with thinning, & are in a much improved condition.

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