Letter – Thomas Thurlow to John Egerton – 15 Jul 1777

Document Type: Letter
Date: 15 Jul 1777
Correspondent: Thomas Thurlow
Recipient: John Egerton
Archive Source: DUL CCB B 182 121
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My Lord,

      I am informed that your Lordship will make no Alteration in that Part of the Agreement which respects the Ninth of the Lead Oar; or rather, that the Ninth Part is not the Subject about which Sr. Tho: Blackett is now treating with your Lordship: but the renewal of a Life.

      If this be the Case, my settling with Sr. Thomas Blackett has no Connection with the Treaty he is carrying on with the Bp. of Durham; being of a quite different Nature. Will your Lordship be so obliging as to desire your Secretary to write to me, that I may know this Matter more certainly?

      I would not presume to give your Lordship this trouble, but I have been repeatedly pressed by Sr. T. Blackett’s Agent, to send a definitive Answer about the Tythes of the Lead Ore, which I have hitherto deferred, as imagining, that your Lordship had not settled the Price of the Ninth Part – your Lordship’s Due.

      I acknowledge myself to be greatly indebted to your Lordship’s Condescention and Goodness on my former Application, and I remain,

      With the truest Respect,

      My Lord, your Lordship’s

      much obliged & most obedient Servant

      Tho: Thurlow.


July15: 1777.
Thomas Thurlow at the time of writing this letter was Dean of Rochester. He succeeded Egerton as Bishop of Durham in 1787. Thurlow had been Rector of Stanhope from 1771 until 1775.

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