Letter – Walter Blackett to Bishop of Durham – 28 Dec 1759

Document Type: Letter
Date: 28 Dec 1759
Correspondent: Walter Blackett
Recipient: Bishop of Durham
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 1
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 To The Rt Revd and Hon the Bp of Durham  (Nb Honble should be before Rt Rev?) London

      NewC 28 Dec 1759	

My Lord

	Being informed that your Ldshp hath granted a lease to Mr H Wilkinson of all the mines in the inclosure and parks in the parishes and parks of Stanhope and Wolsingham I cannot but take the earliest opportunity of representing to you that I have a lease of the same liberties, wch lease was renewed 29 Aug 1746 and hath above 7 years to go wch my agent Mr Darwin in Grays Inn is ordered to lay before your Ldshps secretary  The renewal was transacted in London and it must have been owing to Mr Denton my then agents neglect that it was not enrolled as I am now informed is stipulated, under a penalty, by the lease but I hope you Ldsp will not suffer me to incur any further penalty for this neglect being ready and intending at the expiration of the current year to apply to you for a renewal of the lease fo 21 yrs   For the like lease I pd the late Bp in 1746 one hndred Guineas, but indeed now one of the veins is in a much better condition than any of them were   I am with great respect

		Yr Ldsps' mo obed hble srvt

			Wt Blackett

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