Letter – Joseph Richmond to Collingwood Forster – 21 Dec 1759

Document Type: Letter
Date: 21 Dec 1759
Correspondent: Joseph Richmond
Recipient: Collingwood Forster
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 1
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To Mr Colling.wd Forster Attorn. At Law Alnwick				21st December 1759


      You receive herewth copies of the agreement Mr Bulman made for the Coll'ry in the Threap Gro[un]d.  The originals are in the hand of Mr Rd Lisle.  You see there is no grant of any particular ways and if Mr Bulman promised any ways he had no right to himself. That, as I mentioned in my last can be no obligation upon Sir Wr. The inclosures I believe have all been made since the colliery was let, but Mr Robson says there never was any other than a bridle way in old Mr Armorers time who farmed both Ord Estate and Unthank coll'ry and allowd the same on account of the coll'ry his term expired at May 1746 when Mr Bullman took Unthank coll'ry of Sir W at 100£ a yr and worked them together with his own coll'ry at Murton till Mayday 1749.  What liberties he might take or be indulged in during this time (thro' the gro'd since inclosed) on acct of Sir Wrs own coll'ry at Unthank I cannot say, But when the Threap coll'ry came to be let to Mr Jeffreys and p'tners there was no stipulation made for those ways, nor any claim made there of till 4 or 5 yrs after the gro[un]d was inclosed and the way altered.   I am of your opinion that there is an understanding between Mr Jeffreys and Mr Lisle in litigating this affair in favour of Murton. I have communicated the whole to Sir Wr who is now here, who leave the management thereof intirely to you.  He does not know what reparation Mr Jeffreys expects for his pretended damages nor does he think it reasonable to treat wth him abt any such thing until it appears that the alteration of the road can not be justified, which I hope it never will.  I wish you had seen old Mr Armorer when you were at Berwick, who I believe could have given you satisfaction, if he has not lost his memory.

	As to the deeds of exchange about the Ring nets I do not imagine there is any manners of occasion for a councils opinion.  I am wth due respects to you and yours, yrs &c PS. If you think it necessary Sir Wr desires you will write to Mr Thompson his tenant at Middle Ord to take particular notice of any breaches that may be made into the inclosures, that those who venture to do it may be called to account. 	JR

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