Journal entry – John Grey – 4 Jul 1834

Document Type: Journal entry
Date: 4 Jul 1834
Correspondent: John Grey
Archive Source: TNA ADM 80 19
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Friday 4th July

      I was called upon this morning by the Schoolmaster of Whittonstall for the half years subscription to the School there.  The Subscription to this School by the Hospital is £15 a year, whereas to that of Deanraw & others it is £10. I am not acquainted with any particular claim which Whittonstall has to such preference, and having lately given a subscription of £35 to rebuild the School House, I shd think an annual subscription of £10 sufficient for a Teacher of such moderate qualifications as that at Whittonstall possesses. [marginal pencil annotation: ‘£10 enough, yes’]

      This being Stagshawbank Fair, I went there among all the rest of the County; had conferences with many tenants on matters connected with their Farms & received some arrears of Rent.   Mr Scott of Thornbrough gave me an application to the Commissioners to be released from his Farm on which I shall hereafter report more particularly    The sale of Cattle was very dull, owing to the great falling off of pastures from the extreme drought.  The only article of farm produce which sells at a good price is Wool, & that unluckily is one which the vicious system of continual Corn growing prevents the Hospitals tenants from raising.  

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