Journal entry – John Grey – 6 Feb 1834

Document Type: Journal entry
Date: 6 Feb 1834
Correspondent: John Grey
Archive Source: TNA ADM 80 19
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Thursday 6th February

After various interruptions & causes of detention in the Office,  I set out for Haydon Bridge where I have appointed to be to receive Proposals for the planting at Grindon, which I let at the very low price of 5/. per thousand for making the Pits.  The putting in of Trees I prefer to have done by our own Woodmen, hoping that they may be more attentive in selecting the different kinds of Trees for the varieties of Soil most suited to each & also in collecting into the Pits the Ashes left on the surface from the fire. 

After looking into some arrangements for additional Stabling at the Inn, & directing the Conduit to be made for directing the water to it, I proceeded to Alston calling by the way at Mr Walton’s House which is at a short distance from the road, Hoping to be able to get a few pounds more from him for the Lot of Wood at Dilston. He was not however at home.  In the evening I had a long conversation with the Moor Master on various matters connected with the Alston District, arrears of Rent, Repairs & Mining.  I regret to find that the celebrated Mine of Hudgill Burn is doing very little & has small prospect of improvement.  The others are generally in a fair & hopeful way, & the great stores of Lead being now exhausted, there is a good prospect of a steady demand and improved prices.  I had also a meeting with the newly elected Surveyor of the Alston Roads, who is to be introduced to his Office tomorrow & has been making an inspection of the various lines of turnpike, Bridges etc, and advised & consulted with him as to the most effective & economical mode of maintaining them, in my views of which he fully concurred. 

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