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Thursday 31st January 1833 A letter from Mr Bicknell relative to two detached pieces of land recently obtained in Wark Manor, one a small Close, the other 80 Acres obtained in Exchange from Mr Charlton – Ascertained that the 80 Acres were appended to, or rather formed Wark Manor Farm; but with respect to the Close, of 4 or 5 Acres, it has hitherto been let to the Rector of Wark, without any consideration, altho’ worth £10 or £12 a year; and in the sale was not noticed – Wrote to Mr Bicknell, and to Lord Auckland in explanation of this circumstance. Received from Mr Crawhall Bills on Maltby & Co for Lead sold to that House; made the Bills payable to Ridley & Co – and sent them to be carried by them to account. Received Mr Walton’s acknowledgement of the 1146½ oz of silver, and requested that the amount £298.11.4 should be paid to my account at Ridley & Co – on the 1st of March. Sent a small Cake of Silver, 273oz by Mr Martin to Newcastle, directing him to offer it for Cash at 5/2½ and if he could so sell it, to pay the amount into my Bank Acct, if not to offer it to Mr Walton, at the usual credit. Wrote to Mr Cookson that as the Lead Wharf Lease would expire on the 25th of March, I would endeavour to give him possession on that day, tho’ I must retain the power of Keeping till May; & that if convenient to him, I would name the time of giving possession, as the time of paying the consideration money. Rode to Fourstones Colliery, and the damage complained of by Mr Snowball, and found that a Wayleave was formed at the time of the Farm being let, and so known to the Tenant, that he had no claim on that account, but that small trespass had certainly been committed on his adjoining ground, and for these the Colliery Lessees are bound to compensate. Neither of the parties holding the Colliery were to be found, but I requested that one of them would call on me as soon as convenient. Informed Mr Cowing of Westwood Farm, that unless he brought me satisfactory security for his arrears of Rent, by Wednesday next, I should be compelled to distrain. Informed Messrs Stott of the necessity of an immediate arrangement also. Wrote to Mr Stephenson relative to the mode in which I could recommend the Commissioners to consent to the proposed embankment.