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We whose Names are hereunto subscribed having in consequence of being deputed by the Proprietors of Lands within the Parish of Stanhope, at a meeting held at Stanhope in the County of Durham on the 14th January 1799 to consider of a compensation to be made to the Rector of Stanhope in lieu of the Tithe of the Lands that are about to be divided, and of certain other Lands called the old Inclosures within the said Parish. Having maturely considered the same are of Opinion, that a clause should be inserted in the Bill to the following effect, viz. That the Commissioners do estimate the annual value of the Tithe of such Lands, and allot a fair equivalent in Lands out of each stinted pasture or Commons proposed to be divided free of expense and ring fenced, and charge the said old Inclosures with a Money Payment, and that all parcels of Land within the said Parish that are charged with Moduses, are to be declared exempt under such Modus _ and that a further clause be inserted in the Bill to prevent any Land owner or his Tenant moving Cattle from Lands that are Titheable to Lands that are Tithe Free with an intent to defraud the Rector. _ And that in case any dispute do arise between the Land Owners and the Rector as to what Lands are Tithe free which are titheable or charged with certain [word obscured] of Tithe or that are exempt by the Payment of a Modus such disputes or any other thing touching the Contents of this Memorandum be referred by all concerned to R.H. Williamson Esqre. A Mowbray Robt. Curry John Wallis John Harrison Joseph Harrison Joseph Walton Mr Sowerby would not attend the Meeting.
Undated memorandum stating the decision taken by gentlemen deputed at the meeting held in Stanhope on 14th January 1799 (reading of the Weardale Enclosure Bill) to consider the compensation to be made to the Rector of Stanhope in lieu of tithes. On assumption it was drawn up immediately afterwards it is dated here to 15th January. It is in Mowbray’s hand, and therefore ascribed to him.