Letters – John Bell to John Erasmus Blackett – 15 Sep 1797

Document Type: Letters
Date: 15 Sep 1797
Correspondent: John Bell
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 225
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Sir                                           Hexham Abbey 15th Sept. 1797

      	On Monday Mr. Walton Mr. Mowbray Mr. Emerson Mr. L. Allgood Mr. Dickinson Mr. Dodd and myself with several more met upon the Ground adjoining the Manors of Alston - Moor and Stanhope in order to settle the Line of Boundary between the two Manors.

      At first there was like to be some little demur and Altercation owing as I think to Mr. Mowbray's not seeing or understanding the Nature of the Business so well as I dare say it is the first of the sort he has been concerned in but that little dispute being settled we got on with the Business very well afterwards - We got the whole line staked out - between Twelve and one oClock on Tuesday and had no want of Rain and Hail to <slow> the Water-fall

      On Wednesday I came over the Fells from Love Lady Shield to Allendale -town in a very coarse morning and in the Afternoon the Weather grew worse so I staid at Allendale Town allnight  and got home yesterday being Thursday about Noon.

      Upon the whole I think there is a tolerable fair Line of Boundary set out and I think pretty much to the Satisfaction of all concerned which I hope will keep Peace in future

      I proposed to Mr. Mowbray that my Lord Bishop of Durham should pay one fourth of the whole Expence attending this Business which he said he would name to the Bishop and said he thought it reasonable so that if agreed to by the Bishop Greenwich Hospital will pay one half and the Bishop and Mr. Beaumont the other half of the Expence between them

By this time I hope you and Mrs. Collingwood with her Daughters are all arrived at Newcastle in Health and Spirits

      I am Sir Your most obedt. hble servt.

                                     John Bell 

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