Journal entry – John Grey – 5 Jun 1834

Document Type: Journal entry
Date: 5 Jun 1834
Correspondent: John Grey
Archive Source: TNA ADM 80 19
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Thursday 5th June

Sent Mr Hunt at five this morning with a warrant to seize the Stock upon the Mill & Grounds at Dilston, in occupation of Rochester of which he took an inventory, putting them in charge of our Hedger.  He was just in time to detain the Horses & carts setting out with a loading g of flour. No attempt at compromise having been made by Rochester, a more detailed inventory was made in the evening by Mr Dickinson the Auctioneer and notice of Sale prepared.  This Man entered to the Mill only in March 1833, & has not paid any rent whatever, I cannot believe that he has not the means of paying at least the Martinmas Rent at this time, or that this conduct is any thing but assumed to get quit in a base way, of a concern which he cannot manage. He is not therefore deserving of any lenity.  

I rode in the course of the day over the farms of Wooley, Staples, Aydonshields & Salmon Field in Hexhamshire, to look after the repairs of Houses which I had directed. Heard from the Lessees of Langley Mills that they had taken an estimate for making the new Water Wheel there almost entirely of Metal instead of Wood, which besides its superior strength & durability, would afford greater power than would be given to a Wood Wheel without widening the Wheel case, which would be expensive.  The Estimate for the Metal Wheel is £200.  I wrote to Wilson saying that I should of course prefer a Metal Wheel if they chose to erect one, but that I could give them no reason to expect that the Board would contribute more towards it than the sum stipulated for by their Lease, i.e. £150. 

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