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Friday 26th April 1833 Having received the authority for accepting Mr Robert Shield’s offer for Stublick Colliery, I added the additional covenants which circumstances had suggested, and which were first to prevent the colliery being sub-let without permission, 2d to secure the use of Ropes, Machinery etc. for the Agents of the Hospital to inspect the Colliery when necessary; 3rd to secure Banks and Barriers of Coal to be left wherever the Receiver or viewer may deem necessary for the future safety of the Colliery; 4th the Lease to contain all usual restrictive clauses, and 6th the Lessees to pay all the Expence of Lease, Counterpart, and Security Bond. I then sent for Mr Shield, and told him the conditions upon which I was authorized to accept his offer, the whole of which after some discussion he accepted. I told him of my desire to get rid of Low Stublick Lease, and that in a discussion with Mr Johnson I had some prospect of doing so, and Mr Shield offered no objection to this, for he considered the trouble and difficulties attending it to more than counterbalance any good likely to result to the Lessees. If therefore I get a satisfactory release from Mr Johnson, I shall be delighted to get rid of this appendage, and save the Hospital the thirty pounds, which if the Lease be held, is now due to Mr Beaumont for three years rent. Wrote to the Bankers, Messrs Ridley & Co, and ordered them to pay £5000 to the credit of the Commissioners at the Bank of England, on the 11th of May next. I dispatched Mr Hunt yesterday to examine the progress of Draining etc on the Farms of Newlands and Whittonstall, and as he had not before seen this property, I recommended him to remain until Saturday night there, to acquaint himself with the whole of it, and get a better knowledge of what they are doing.