Journal entry – John Grey – 6 Mar 1834

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

Went through the Estates of Newton & Whittle, examining at the latter place the working of the quarries lately opened for getting blocks for the railway & the trespass done by this & the roads.  The latter is of little moment, being confined solely to the plantation & not touching upon the farm at all. I met today Mr Armstrong, who is Agent for the Estate of Threepwood.  He applied to me for payment, to the Proprietor for two Stacks of Corn, said to have been grown upon that Property, but seized & sold by the Hospital, because they stood among others, in the Stack Yard at East Elrington when a seizure of the effects upon that farm was made, the tenant of which was also tenant of the other.  He had applied to Mr Hooper, he said, who undertook that it should be paid but referred the value to me.  I told him that I was extremely glad that Mr Hooper had left the settlement of it to me as I was certain I should have no difficulty in convincing him, that he was not entitled to one farthing.  The Corn in question stood up in the Hospital’s farm, as part of the tenants stock - we had no reason to suppose that it did not grow there & no need to enquire.  The whole of the effects that were sold fall considerably short of the Hospital’s demands; & the Tenant continuing in the occupation of the other farm, though as he stated, in arrear of rents, formed a strong presumption that he had acted more favorably by his other Landlord than by the Hospital and that he had paid his rent to him in part from the produce of the Hospital’s land.  So that in fact, I had a better case, in making a demand of repayment from him than he had against me - but that we had better conclude the matter by agreeing to let it alone.

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