Letter – Nicholas Walton to Henry Wastell – 28 Jan 1742

Document Type: Letter
Date: 28 Jan 1742
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Henry Wastell
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 107
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To the Revd. Mr Wastall				Ravensworth Castle January 28 .1741


      We recd yours of the 25 Inst and am sorry to hear our Letter did not come earlyer to your hands.

      As to what you say in relation to Mr Aireys having orders to pry into A Petition Your acquainting the Board therewith, we do not think that will be regular, for as we apprehend the Freeholders must by way of Petition Apply to the Board, that must be done before the Parliament is Petitioned And in Order that you may in that way proceed it will be necessary to furnish Mr Airey with the pticular names of that part of the Common wch is intended to be inclosed, how it bounders & the Number of Acres it contains, for without having that the Comiss[ioner]s will not we dar say consent. You will in answer to this say it cannot be got done in this manner in time, nor not at all without an actual Survey, which we agree is the case and that it will be very necessary, and we are apt to think will be rather your Int[erest] to be thus prepared & loose one Session than to make any Stepps without proper materials what may defend your designs. Upon the whole if a Survey can be made & that you can Petition the Board in time we will be glad of giving you any Assistance we can, but with respect to the Share which the Lord will be intitles to we cannot recomend it otherwise than has been Customary in the like Cases which we are informed Seldom is less than a twelfth. Where Lords of Manors have a share by virtue of their Freeholds it has sometimes been the Custom to Accept of a Sixteenth as Lord, but where they have no Freehold we are told a Twelfth is the Least.  It behoves us to Act with that Caution as not to Lead the Hospitall into anything but what we can very well Justifye and Consequently we must be very well Informed of our Right in this Common both as Lords and as Freeholders for tho’ we have no freehold estate near it, yet the inclosed Lands within the manner altho they are at a great distance probably may Entitle us along with those who propose coming into the Division, however that this may not be the occasion of any delay we will Informe our Selves thoroughly of the matter & be prepared to represent it as it appears to us when ever your matters are brought to bearing, & your Petition is Transmitted to us.

      We are, Sir, Your most Hble Servts

      Nich. Walton , Hugh Boag

PS I have spoke to J. Bukerdike for the Mahoggany Table foot & we will send it soon.

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