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Friday 8th February 1833 Mr Cowing of Westwood came to me according to appointment, when I informed him that if he could bring me £100 in Cash on Tuesday next, I would accept Mr Bone’s Bill for the £213 in May, but I could not do more than this. I had intermediately satisfied myself that this precaution was a necessary act of prudence, and I am convinced that Mr Cowing will be unable to continue in the farm – Arrears with him will always be dangerous. Answered a letter from Mr Bicknell relative to receipts of Modus of tithes etc which Mr Clayton requires to complete Mr Cookson’s purchase. I had previously furnished Mr Clayton with all he required from the office at Newcastle. Wrote to Mr Weatherly relative to his application for the office of Bailiff. Mr Lambert of Elrington East Farm called on me by appointment relative to his arrears, which I informed him it was absolutely necessary he should arrange for, or I must take measures to secure it – this is another case in which the Hospital will suffer loss without much caution and vigilance. Received from Mr Jay the letter of the Rector of Wark of the 25th June 1819, applying for the small close reserved near his Glebe, and also the Board Minute of the 10th July following allowing him to rent it for one year on paying an acknowledgement of 5/- The Board will observe by the Rector’s letter that his application rests merely upon the desire to have grass enough to keep a Horse and Cow, which he states to be his utmost wish, but the fact is that this Close has been for several years sublet by him, and he has never paid any acknowledgement. I request the Board’s Instruction on his. The Close consists of between four and five Acres, and may be valued at about ten pounds per annum – it is now let with the Glebe land.