Letter – George Vane to William Widdrington – 18 Feb 1712

Document Type: Letter
Date: 18 Feb 1712
Correspondent: George Vane
Recipient: William Widdrington
Archive Source: NRO ZCO VIII 1
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	Feb 18 1711/2



I have been in great hopes for several posts of receiving a foul draught of the  terms wch yr Ldships proposes for a new lease, therefore did (upon that expectation) make a strict examination (when last at New Castle) of the true state of that concern, to be better able to make a true judgmt of them and indeed find it much different from tht what yr Ldship & I calculated when I had the honour to wait upon you for in one there is upwards of 60L less in wch we set down profitt, vizt the 60 T[enns] of coals wch if ab: <us> to take 6 of yr coals, for wch Mr Carr tells me he offer’d Mr Sylvertopp twenty shillings p[er] ten to be excused the taking of them & yet was refused and then yr Ldship asks 100 T[enns] of our Coal, but I hope when you consider the <former> article you will <abate> this latter, or at least the greatest part, indeed I shoud not scruple the other advancemts (wch are very considerable) if this were omitted, may I <shod> even be willing to agree to bear this proportion a quarter pt & I do not question but when yr Ldship thoroughly considers the offers I make you cannot but think them very reasonable and <in pt> fully enough advanced, for out of wch can the rent & other paymts be rais’d if yr Ldship have a 100t of the Coals almost <q[ui]t the> wourking charges, there will but be three Hundred left, and 400 is more than allowd by the contracts in proportion for Stella and out of these 300 is to be pd all the working & leading & all other accidental charges, the rents of the Copyholders & the Steath room rents &c to yr Ldship 60 L for the loss, (I only set thm down as was offer’d Mr Sylvertop) by yr Coals, & 400 L p[er] ann rent to the Landlords I have set down as near as I can compute the whole tho there are come articles I am not ignorant off viz the Copyholders * & other out rents * therfore hope yr Ldship will & not take any advantage of the neglect in <responce> seriously, <&> afford me such terms, as may, not oblige Mr M to throw <all> up, for if he shod I assure yo it wod be and unspeakable loss to me it being a chief branch of the families fortune & I am sure yr Ldships character is one farr from desireing any <thing> either unreasond or exacting upon <necessity> therefore hope for a favourable answer will be 


  To Ld Widd for Steath rooms & that advancd 4L   40- 0- 0

  To Wine Money                                    8- 0- 0

  To 60 Tenns of Coals in that advancd 20<L> &    60- 0- 0

    further leading considerably

  To Coppy holders &c rents                      400- 0- 0   	

  To sd Lds Rents

The working charge           2-02- 0

Leading                      0-13- 0

Waggon ways and Waggons      0-09- 0

Contingencies                0-10- 0

                             3-14- 0

300 at that rate          1410-00- 0     

                                                1410–00– 0
Although neither sender not recipient is named, mention of ‘a chief branch of this family’s fortune’ suggests that ‘George’ was Sir George Vane, the son of Sir Lionel Vane (d.1711), and inheritor of his Stella Grand Lease interest. It could follow that ‘my Lord’ was Lord William Widdrington, 4th Baron, who had inherited the Tempest estate at Stella through marriage.

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