Letter – Robert Hodgson to John Cleaver – 9 Jul 1784

Document Type: Letter
Date: 9 Jul 1784
Correspondent: Robert Hodgson
Recipient: John Cleaver
Archive Source: AMHS H&H
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Copy of a Letter sent Mr. Cleaver 				Alstone 9th July 1784

Dr Sr

      Yours I rec’d on the 8th Inst. I am not at all surprized by your misunderstanding with Mr. Hutchinson for this is the fifth time he of late years has been employed by different Companys thro’ the Interest of old Mr. Hilton, and in a short time was allways discharged. The only Objection I have in being concerned for your Leadmines, is Mr. Gilbert, I am afraid his opinion & proceedings would not coenside with mine. If Mr. Gilbert or his Agent would reason properly towards the conducting of Greengill &c I have no Objection to act for you, if not, I can be of no service to you. I do suppose if Mr. Gilbert would not interfere, I might bring his Agent to sociable as well as adventitious terms.

      Mr. Hutchinson must be acquainted from you by return of post that I am appointed to settle your Accts is a little additional Trouble, but quite necessary, having had a similar afair with him in which he was very obstinate. Please to inform me at the same time you write Mr. Hutchinson as I do not chuse to act till then. I am informed Mr. Gilbert is shortly expected here. In my next will give you a full State of his proceedings here, an Information of Greengill &c, with the Salary I require for attendance, which I suppose will only be trifling at present.

      I am with great respect

      S your very Hbl Servt

      Robt Hodgson
Hodgson (1736-1808) of Alston was from Garrigill and was described as ‘Esqr’ when he died. He was married successively to Mary Lee (1759), Mary Watson (1767) and to Mary Hodgson in 1777. Only three of his children lived past infancy, one of whom –John- he described as at his ‘princepell assistance’ after he died in 1791 aged 31. His daughter, Nancy (1780-1864), married George Elstob, Landowner and Brewer, and his son Robert (1785-1855) owned the very successful Nentsberry Green lead mine between the 1820s and 1840s and moved to Salkeld Hall near Melmerby.

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