Letter – Nicholas Walton to Nicholas Ruddock – 19 Nov 1791

Document Type: Letter
Date: 19 Nov 1791
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Nicholas Ruddock
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Mr Nicholas Ruddock                                             Farnacres   19th Novemr [1]791

Atty at Law   Hexham

Mr Nicholas Ruddock

Dear Sir

	I have recd your favor inclosing Copies of Messrs Bates and Fryer’s Letter in answer to yours to them and of Mr Richardson’s Letter relative to the Division of the Hexhamshire and Allendale Commons. I do not think the Letter of the former <cod> be expected to obtain contain more or even so much as they have said but it shews evidently their Wish to do what is proper upon the occasion  With regard to the Letter tho I assure you I respect Mr Richardson yet I cannot but say that under the Circumstances of his age and Inability to perform the expected Duties (as he himself has in my Opinion fully sett forth in his Letters) for such an extensive Busyness and in such an exposed Country I think he is a very unfit Person to be a Commissioner and shod think myself wanting in Attention to every one concerned if I did not express myself as I now do

	I am not yet authorized  to say that Sir John Turner and I can take upon us to agree with Sir Thomas Blackett’s agents in having the Boundary between Langley Barony and the Regality of Hexham Sett out but hope we may soon receive Directions for that purpose and as soon as any thing further occurs as to that you will hear from us but we have never yett had a formal Intimation that Sir Thomas Blackett would agree to the disputed Ground being equaly divided from the East Allen to the Fences of Nubbuck joining the Hall-Hill and without that can be done and till we find that the Commissrs of Greenwich Hospital are agreeable to having the Boundary settled in that way we cannot stir in the Busyness.  From what you have mentioned to me I cannot think otherwise than that Sir Thomas Blackett is agreeable to have the Boundery Line settled as above as I am satisfied Mr Bell wd not be consenting to that if it were otherwise but still the Matter must come more clearly to us than it has yet done & at all Events the Boundery Line if ever agreed upon between the Hospl and Sir Thomas Blackett must be unalterably fixed by a Clause in the Act for the intended Division which will not cost any thing extraordinary       I am Dear Sir   Your most hble Servt

                                                                                    Nich Walton Junr

P.S.	I am not a little surprised you shod not sooner let me know the Results of the Meeting at Newcastle
An office copy of this letter is filed amongst the GH papers now in TNA ADM 66/123, but that copy omits the postscript given here

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