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author LEGH ANN
1766

To
mr Rich' orford
at Lyme near Dissley
[In different hand] cheshire

P %Free Legh

[In different hand] by Stockport Bagg

[Postmarked Macclesfield & ?London]
      new page
        Decr: ye: 17
            66
mr orford

    I am much oblig~d to you
and shall be much more so for to
hear soon from you agan upon
the same subict,
    mrs. Keck will be Gad for
for to have a Line upon the same
affair, my Bror: thank God is
quite well and so are we %all, my
Bror: is much satsy~d with what
you have been a_bout I am Sr:
    your oblig~d friend A Legh

author LEGH ANN
1771

mr. orford

    I shall want a %good P.emittens
before the twenty fift of march, and I hope my
new Lands will do soom_thing for me also,
    I am Glad mrs: orford is in so good
a %way give my compliments to her,
    I do not hear any_thing but well
of you, when you writ to me send it encloased to
Burchall and you'll much oblige
    your friend
    AL
Feb{*}. ye: 26
    71
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
Mr Lowe for as much duck %Clover
as will sow 5 Statute acres of
Land being abt. 2¼ of ours

author LEGH ANN
1771

mr orford

    I must have a Bill as
soon as you can gett it for me, and
I wd: have it Direct~d for wood
at my Hous in Gay street, for we
shall not be much longer in Town,
    my Bror: has gott the Gout
which I am Glad on,
    let me Know how
soon you expect company, I hear
mr: and mrs: Gwillym is going to Buxton
let me Know all about it, and what you
hear of poor Tom, but this to yr:_self
      new page
if any new Lands are due lit it come I beg
    I am your oblig~d friend
    A Legh
Aprl: ye: 9
    71
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    I do not mind paying dubble Post
let any Hand but yours direct for wood,
but now I think of Peers let it come to wood by
him and bid him not name it to me [corrected] that he has
a Letter for her

author LEGH ANN
1771

[Direction in different hand]
Mr. Orford
Lyme
Cheshire
Free
Keck
By
Buxton

[Accounts in different hand omitted]
      new page
mr. {**}ford [ink blot]

    I have Recd: your Bill and
am much oblig~d to you, so I shall for the
new jnclosed rents,
    and a_bout the 27th of may
must desire you to send me another Bill
for my Rent will become Due and I never
leave it unpay~d a day,
    I wish you wod:
direct for wood and you'll much oblige
    your friend
    A Legh
may ye: 6
    1771
      new page
    I forgott to say poor {*...} [torn off] ^Peers^ had a %good journey and is quite
well, as to poor Tom: I must Petty him poor unthinking
Boy and as to what is say~d I shall never pay the least
Regard to, but I sho~ld like to Know what is say~d by
the wise, it shall never go from me,

author LEGH ANN
1772

To
mr: orford
at Lyme
Haydock Lodge
nr Warrington
Lancashire
[Upside down:]
For
mr. orford
at Lyme
[Postmarked Manchester]
      new page
mr: orford

    your Bills came safe
to Hand, but I must Desire not to be long
before you send me more money for I have
a %grate want of it at present,
    thank God mrs: Keck gets
better every day, my Bror: has been in
grate trouble for her poor creature,
    let me have all the new's you
Know in all parts, I am glad poor Tomey
is gon to oxford,
    I am your obligd friend
    A Legh
march ye: 7th, 1772

author LEGH ANN
1773

To
mr. R orford at
Lyme near Buxton
cheshire
P.Free Legh
      new page
    mr: orford I am much obliged
to you on all accounts, my Bror: had a
good journey, let me hear from you
how all my Affair's go-on,
    I hope you'll be getting
me more money in a Little time
    I am your oblig~d
    friend
    A Legh
jan{*}: ye: 3d
    73

author LEGH ANN
1773

mr orford

    I must Desire you to send me
a Hundred pd: by ye: 20 of may for I have
many Bills for to pay and I shall be much
obliged to you if you co~ld spair me fifty
more, Direct for me at Bath,
    thank God my Dear mrs:
Keck is gott so much Better that we can
leave her without an uneassy thought,
    my Bror. will writ to you to_night
and tell you that he setts out on sunday
next, I shall stay for his Return wch:
will be won week, and then we shall go
to Bath, Peers and Porter went on munday
    the Ladys went by oxford but
if you did not Know it befure do not
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name it to any_won I beg, the servant to the old Lady
I sho~ld not of thought of after what had past, but
I wonder at no_thing, wood will soon be a married
woman, all_tho two cheshire men was named to me
and when I say~d I Knew it to be fals I was not
at all beleived how-ever I shall tell you more when
I see you all_tho I was won of those that did not
beleive nor cold beleive what the old Lady say~d
    I am your much oblig~d
    friend
    A Legh
aprl: ye: 27
    73

author LEGH ANN
1773

[Direction in different hand]
To
mr. Orford
Lyme
near Dissley
Cheshire
By Buxton
Free
Keck
[Postmarked Leicester]
      new page
mr. orford
    we gott to Staughton on friday
quite well exceept [word crossed out] my Bror: Legh had a %smart
Gout upon him which confind him won day upon
the Road, the Gout now is getting Better thank
God for it, and my Brors: spirits much better
    we found mrs: Keck quite well
and Lookes well and the children also,
    we have most Delightfull fine
weather, I have a small Box at chester that
came from Lichfield by the coach I wish you
wo~ld writ to soom_Body at chester for to send
it to Lyme or warrington, for it would be gott
{**} [seal] Lyme that way I am
    your obliged
    friend
    A Legh
june ye: 20
    73

author LEGH ANN
UNDATED (BEFORE MAY 1774)

To
mr. orford
at Lyme
      new page
    mr. orford pray pay to
my Bror. Peers on my account fifteen pd:,
    a %portmantle will come to Lyme
Directed for my Bror: Legh but it is
for me, so let Patty Devemport put
it into her Room till I come,
    writ to me and let me
Know how my Bror: gett's to Lyme
and Lancashire and you'll much
    oblige your friend
    A Legh

author LEGH ANN
UNDATED (BEFORE MAY 1774)

To
mr: orford
[Accounts in different hand omitted]
      new page
mr: orford

    we have fixt for ye: end of
this next week, so I must desire you to be
at Lyme on Tusday, as you named for we can~t
go till you come,
    I had a Letter from my Bror:
to_day and he will meet us at Staughton as
soon as he can for he will not stay won
momant longer then he can help,
    as you come through manchestr
pray pay ys: Bill,
    my Bror: Legh had a %good
journey and is pleased with his House,
    I shall Depen upon your
comeing on Tusday,
    if my Bror: Peers is with
give my Love to him I am your friend
    AL

author LEGH ANN
1774

mr: orford
Lyme
      new page
mr: orford

    I wish you co~ld send
me soom money from the new encloased [changed from jncloased or vice versa]
Lands you wd: much oblige
    your friend
    AL
Iune ye: 18th
    74

you might send a %parcel by ye: coach

author LEGH ANN
1774

[Different hand?]
To
mr R' orford at
Lyme near Dissley
cheshire
By manchester
P %Free Legh
[Postmarked Leicester]
      new page
mr. orford as to that affair do not be
the least uneassey I beg for I am sure
you'll not have any cause thank God
we are charming well at presant
    yours
    AL
july 21
    74

author LEGH ANN
1775

mr: orford

[upside down]
mr: orford
      new page
        mach ye: 11
            75
mr: orford I have ys: day
Recd: ye: Tea and pray ^pay^ for it and
send me soom Bills,
    I want for to
hear from you how your last day
at Haydock was, with Regard to that
Affair of molly, but do not name ys:
to any_Body in Town, how long do
you stay, let me Know,
    I am
    your oblig~d friend
    AL

author LEGH ANN
1775

[Direction in different hand]
To
Mr.. Orford
at Lyme Near Disley
Cheshire
x Post
[Postmarked Bath]
      new page
        April ye: 3d
            75
mr: orford

    I Recd: your's safe and am much
obblig~d to yu: I hope yo'all think of me at a %proper
time if I sho~ld not writ to you,
    I expect my Bror:
to_night, as to that affair of molly's I wonder
at nothing alltho I have no_thing to do with it
    you have don the Besst you co~ld
for your master and I do sincearly beleive
you allway's will,
    did you hear any_thing of
French when you was in Town, the place she
went into after mine the Lady cept her but
won fortnight she was so Dredfull a Drunker^d^
    my Trunk is a %grate loss to me
I do not think but mr: Gates will do all he
can to gett it me again, the carrier shall pay
for it I am Determeined, have you any of your
upor maids go-ing after ye: Rest, but this to
your-Self - let me Know, I am your friend
    A Legh

author LEGH ANN
1778

mr. orford

    I fin~d I can~t do wth:
Less then fifty pd: so if you'll be so
good to send me Draft's for so much
I shall think my_self much obliged
to you, I must just tell you I never
had upon the Road so many Bad
things happen to me of expence my
cheas was 3 times Broak down
wch: you must think has cost me
a %dell but do not name it to my
Bror: poor man for I shall not,
    mrs: Keck is as present better
of her coff but as to eateing the same
not at all however I hope the Besst
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and that an Ass and the water will
do in time, have you had any Letters
for me, and have you hard my Bror:
say any_thing of the time he will
    come I am your
    obliged friend
    A Legh
Bristal
july ye: 16
    78


[The following letter has been filed as Ann Legh's, but I strongly doubt it's hers, and the initial looks more like H than A]

author LEGH ?H
1779

mr. Orford
Lyme House
near Buxton
Cheshire
Septbr. 22d.
[Postmarked Bristol]
      new page
        Bristol Clifton Sepr. 22th. 79.
As I have discharged my Servant Mary Mossley
I think it proper you should know
that I have pay'd her all that is due to her
which when I come to Lyme I will give you,
receipted by Mary Mossley, I have hire'd another
Servant who came to me the 14th. of Septbr:
her Wages 9 Guineas a year, to be pay'd
every year or ½ Year. I Gave Mary Mossley a
frank directed to you in which I told her
to write to you & to desire Her Box might
be sent direct'd where she would send you
word by pickford's Waggon, which I shall
be much obliged to you to do.
    I am your
    obliged
    H Legh

author LEGH ASHBURNHAM
1771

[Direction in different hand]
To
mr Ric Orford at
Lyme near Dissley
Cheshire
By Manchester
P.Free Legh
[Postmarked Manchester]
      new page
Richd-

    J forgot when You left Us
to beg the Favour, You woud give Me
a Line how poor Young G: Barbor went
on, as he is a Peice of a Favourite
here, a good Account woud give great
Pleasure here & am sure no less to
poor Tom, am
    Richd.
    Yrs: sincerely
    A Legh
When You see
Long George or Family
pray make our Complimts-
20 Jan: 71 —
NB Give Us a Line when You know of yr.
Gentry going to Atherton —

author LEGH ASHBURNHAM
1771

Mr- Rd: Orford

[Accounts, probably in different hand or hands, omitted]
      new page
Richard

    You have forgot to send my
Word whether Joseph Allen woud think
it worth his while to come here to make
the Liveries, one Line when You write
next to Harry Richardson woud greatly
    oblige Yrs-
    A Legh
NB J have not heard from yr. master.
Apl 30
71

author LEGH AHSBURNHAM
1773

Mr- Orford
at Lyme
near Stockport
Cheshire
By Manchester
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
Richard

    As poor Tom is obligd to
go to Oxford on Account of Company
sooner than we intended, if You coud assist
Me with the half Years Jnterest in ten
Days Time it woud be very serviceable
to Him & Richd-
    Yr. h'ble Servt-
    A Legh
Golbourne Parks
20 Jan 73 —

author LEGH ASHBURNHAM
1774

Peter Legh Esq M P
at Lyme
near Stockport
Cheshire
By Manchester
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
Honest Richd

    When You was over here J
told You J thought fifty Pounds woud
be sufficient for our present Wants, but
by a Letter J receiv'd the last Post from
poor Chum J find he has purchas'd of his
Bro Tom his Household Furniture,
As One can't pay & the other can't look
off his Money, hope it will not be inconvient
to make it one hundred instead
of fifty by the Middle of next month,
J thought J wd— give You as early Notice
as J cd— am Richd— Yrs— &c &c
    A Legh
Golbourne Parks
29 March 74

author LEGH ASHBURNHAM
1774

Mr R: Orford
Lyme
      new page
Honest Richd

    J wrote to You by Post, but
for Fear any Mistake shoud happen, write
now by Tom. When You was last at Golbourne
Parks J thought fifty woud supply poor Chum's
present Wants, but by Bills of Furniture &c &c
J hope it will be convenient for You to make
it an hundred as it will be much wanted, by
obliging me You wou'd lay him under an Obligation
    who is
    Richd
    Yrs— sincerely
Apl
74

author LEGH ASHBURNHAM
1774

Mr R: Orford
Lyme
      new page
Richd
    As the half Years Jnterest
is due this month if convenient to
You to return it by Tom woud be of
great Service. Last Sunday little
Dick was right hearty as She drank
Tea here. in haste Yrs— &c
    A Legh
Golbourne Parks
1 Septr— 74

author LEGH ASHBURNHAM
UNDATED

Mr— Richd: Orford
Lyme
      new page
My Dr Friend Richd- has forgot
to send Me six Pair of Stockings from [corrected]
the Dissley Mercht-, J fancy You live
in Sun-Shine while we poor North
Britons are starv'd in Snow & Frost;
Yr Sending them by ye Bearer & giving
Me a Line how G: B: Affair turns out
    You will oblige Richd
    Yrs— inside & Out
    AL
News Years Day O:S:
NB
Complimts of ye Season to You & Yrs

author LEGH ASHBURNHAM
UNDATED (?1773)

Mr Orford
      new page
Honest Richard —
    The Money You have sent by
Shaw is certainly right, but You mistook
my Meaning, J meant a clear hundred for
poor Chum to take up to Oxford, & to have
my Rent for the Farm ^took out of^ the last half
Years Jnterest due for the Money in yr-
Hands; Be so good to call here & drink
a Dish of Coffee here i' %th' Morn, & bring
the Remainder of Jnterest Money & then
we will settle for the present —
    Yrs— in haste
    AL

author LEGH CHOLMONDELEY
1782

[a/o very difficult to distinguish for this author, as well as t/d word-finally and h/k]

Mr Orford
Lyme
nr Dissly
Cheshire
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
        Golbourne Parkes
        Sunday Morn —
Sir.

    Ralph Clare of Golbourne has been seen,
shooting & following our Pigions, he likwise
setts netts in the Brook just above us,
upon this I spoke to him, he tells John Worsley
& me, that mr Richard Orford before he left
Heydock — gave him possitive orders, to sett
in the Brook, & to kill as many hares and
sell them as woud pay him for the fish nett
we took on him — he says he has done
nothing but what mr Orford orderd him to
do, shoud be glad of a line to know whether
he has yr Authority or not — Am Sr yrs
    C Legh —
[In different hand, probably Orford's] Ans~ 2 Oct 82

author LEGH CHOLMONDELEY
UNDATED

Mr Richard Orford
Lyme
nr Dissly
Cheshire
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
Sir

    As I have now marl'd my new field, & am going to
lime it — I shoud be glad of my lease, which no doubt
you have got finish in this time, as you have had so
many opportunities, if their is any_thing wanting
to compleat it, with Burns lett me know, & will
bring it with me to Lyme, as I will have the lease
back with me — for I think I have waited long enough —
& according to yr promise shoud have had it long since
I beg my Comp. to Mrs. Orford: & am
    Sr: yrs
    Cholmondeley Legh —
Golbourne Parkes
Sunday Morn —

author LEGH CHOLMONDELEY
UNDATED

Mr: Richard Orford —
Lyme
near Disley
Cheshire
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
Sr:

    On my arrival here. I find we are to have an increase
to our neighbourhood, by a damnd Cotton mill
at the end of Dane Dam, & three or four little
houses I hear are to be erected; now as I am fully
satisfied we have rascals enough about us, I shoud
be very much oblig'd to you to inform me of the
perticulars of the above undertaking. & on what
footing it is to be built; & lostly, wheather
there is not a probability of my puting an
end to it. & by waiting on my Uncle & telling
him the inconvinieneicey of it — he will neither
have fish or Game — shoud be glad you woud
write immedeatly — Am
    Sr yrs
    Cholmondeley Legh —
Golbourne Parkes —
Sunday Morn —

author LEGH CHOLMONDELEY
UNDATED

Mr Orford
Lyme
nr Disley
Cheshire
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
Sr.

    I had a Letter from my Brother Yesterday, he desires me to send
him some Quils, if there is any due to him, or you can
advance him some before_hand, the sooner you lett me
have it & the better, hope we shall have him down ere long
hope the family at Lyme are well —
    yrs
    Cholmondely Legh
Golbourne Parkes
Monday morn —

author LEGH HESTER
?1771

Mr. Orford
      new page
This Parcel I was desire'd by
Mrs. Smyth to Send to you
it was rub'd in the Comeing
from Town here hope Mr. Orford
will receive it Safe.
    H. Legh

author LEGH HESTER
1775

        June 17th. 1775

    My Mamma being very Ill in Bed I
am Commission by her to say that your Letter
arrived here this day in a frank to Mr. Rumbold
she bid's me tell you Mr. Rumbold is discharged
the Service here, & Consiquently has no more
to do with any of her concern's, but she will take
care to order the next Agent to pay Mr. Keck's
Money punctually as soon as due, soon'r then
that it cannot be expect'd to be pay'd. My
Mamma desire's you to tell Dick Ryle that
she demands that Guinea & half which he
received from her as an incouragement to behave
well, but as his behaveiour was more drunk'n
& abusesive afterwards she give's him as peremptory
Orders to return the Money into your hands
      new page
as he did Richard Major to return
his Coat. she desire's you will write by
return of Post to say that you have
the Money. My Mamma insists upon
Dick Ryle not dineing in the Stone
Parlour but to continue in the same
situation as when there was an upper Cook,
for he cannot bear the least raiseing.
Dont fail to write by return of Post,
as our stay here is very uncertain.
    I am Your oblige'd
    H Legh

author LEGH HESTER
UNDATED

Mr. Orford
How-Lane
      new page
        Lyme Tuesday

Mr. Orford I find you are going into
Lancashire, & Faulkner does not Suit for
the Place he was hire'd to, therefore if you
would be so kind as to get Mr.. Garton's Lad
or if not him; to see for a good willing
Cleaver Lad & send him up, I beg he may
know something of his business that
he may not have it to Learn when he
come's, Let him be a Tallish Lad, as
when they are Little ones they cannott
dress a Horse as they ought to do.
    You will Greatly
    oblige
    H Legh

author LEGH HESTER
UNDATED

Mr.. Richd: Orford
at Haydocke Lodge
near Warrington
Lancashire
[Postmarked Stockport]
      new page
        Lyme Monday
            Evening

Mr. Orford, I have this day bought
a Horse that is very likely to answer
my purpose, therefore I shall be
much obliged to you to tell your
Brother he has no Need to inquire
for a Horse for me.
    You will much
    oblige
    H.. Legh

author LEGH MARTHA
1762

To
Mr Richd: Orford
at Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
By Chesterfield
Bag
[Different hand] P.Free Legh

[Upside down, in different hand, probably Orford's]
Mrs. Legh about what
Bills &c J had paid for
her in the last year
Rec~ed Jany 31. 62
Ans~ Iany Do
      new page
        Greek Street
Richd: Orford        Ian: 28th. 1762
    I recd: the Spoon &c safe; pray
acquaint the Person that sends the Magazine,
to you for me, that I will have no more till
I come into the Country again.
    Pray let me know how much Money I had
of you this last year, including the Bills
you pay'd for me at Manchester & Stockport
I mean those that I gave you, to pay, on my
account. Direct your Letter, to me; for wch
I have sent you a Frank
    I am yours &c
    M: Legh

[In different hand, probably Orford's]
Rec~ed Jany. 31. 1762
Ans~. Do. with this Acct.

author LEGH MARTHA
1762

Richd: Orford        Feb: 13th. 1762
    I've recd: both your Letters. The spun
Cotton you mention, pay for it, & place it to my
account, as also the parcel of the same that you
recd: from Mrs Allen for me, while I was at
Haydock. Place also the 10 Guineas to the
Infirmary, to me. Also pay for the Coals, & place
it to me. Keep the Cotton till further orders.
Molly Allen mention'd to me your proposal
of putting the Grate that comes out of the
Housekeepers Room, into Miss Legh's Bed-chamber [across line break],
wch I very much approve off.
Send the enclos'd to Dor: Hall, by the Droister's
Wife, & she will be admitted into the Hospital

    yours &c
    M: Legh
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
Mrs— Legh abt. fixing
Money to her acct. J
paid at Manchester
&c.
& Drystors Wife —
Reced Feby 16. 62

author LEGH MARTHA
1762

To
Mr Richd: Orford
at Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
By Chesterfield
Bag
[Different hand] P.Free Legh

[In different hand, probably Orford's]
My mistress abt. mrs
Turner
Reced May 29. 62
Ans Do
      new page
        May 22d.
Richd: Orford

    I am truely sorry to hear S: Turner gains
no ground; I wish I cou'd any ways contribute
to her satisfaction; she may rest assur'd Mr Legh
will allways have the good of her Children in
his view. Had she left London sooner, I think
it wou'd have been of no service to her, for
her Illness was coming upon her before
she came up to London. I send her my best
wishes for her recovery, & hope Dor Hall will
find out something to be of service to her.
    I am
    yours &c
    M: Legh

[Different hand in pencil:] Small Pox [corrected]

author LEGH MARTHA
1762

To
Mr Richd: Orford
at Lyme near
Disley
Cheshire
By Chesterfield
Bag
[In different hand] {*}Free Cholmondeley

[Alongside, in different hand, probably Orford's]
My Mrs. Jnforming
me of her coming
to Lyme
reced June 7. 62

new page

                Salthrop
Richd Orford        Iune 2d.

    I propose being at Lyme the
latter end of next week. One or 2 of the
Servts: will set out on Monday by the
Manchester Coach. Let the Cooks ^Room^ be got
ready for I dont know whether he wont
be one of them. Get in some Cheese for
the Family, & I hope S: Turner is well
enough to tell you what Things will be
wanted from the Grocers &c. Send for
some Servants Tea 1ll Bohea 1ll Green, from
the same place (Mac_Aulay's) & the same
price, as last year.

    yours &c
    M: Legh

author LEGH MARTHA
1762

To
Mr Richd: Orford

[In different hand, probably Orford's]
My [rubbed out?] Mistress wth.
Key of her Buroe
to %send her some
Cloth.
Rec~ed Novr. 3. 62
Ans Do
      new page
Richd Orford
    I have sent you the Key of my
Buroe again, out of which pray take ^out^ the
Key of the Chest in my Bed Chamber, in
which you will see a Bundle of Cloth ty'd
up at each end with Packthread, send
it me the next time the Cart comes.
    yours
    M: Legh
Octr: 30

[Note in different hand omitted]

author LEGH MARTHA
1762

To
Mr Richd: Orford
[in different hand]
at
Lyme
P~ Manchester
Bag

Burton

Burton

[Accounts, possibly in Orford's hand, omitted]

[In different hand, probably Orford's]
My Mrs. abt. a %Box from
London
reced Novr. 6. 62
Ans. — 11. —
      new page
    I recd your Letter & the Bundle, think
it happy S: Turner is releas'd. I have a Watch
to come from London wch I was in hopes to
have recd to_day, it was [corrected] sent last Saturday
by the Coach directed to Lyme, it shou'd have
been at Disley on wensday, pray enquire for
it & let me have it next week. I am
    Yours
    M: Legh
Friday even:

author LEGH MARTHA
1762

To
Mr Richd: Orford
Lyme

[In different hand, probably Orford's]
My Mrs. abt. a %Box
to go to London and
Tea
rec~ed Novr. 13. 62
Ans~. 18. 62
      new page
Richd: Orford
    I have return'd the Box by the Cart,
pray send it by the Manchester Coach on Monday
or Tuesday, whichever day it sets out; & pay the
carriage of it 2s, & place it to my account
Pray send for 2ll of 8s Bohea
& 2ll 10s Green Teas, from Mr
Mac-Aulay Manchester, & send
it hither next week.
    yours
    M: Legh
Friday even:

author LEGH MARTHA
1762

To
Mr Richd: Orford

[In different hand] Swine

[In different hand, probably Orford's]
My Mrs. abt. a %Box
and sending some
Candles &c
reced Novr. 20. 62
Ans — 25. 62
      new page
Richd: Orford
    I've recd the Tea, & have return'd you
the Bill. I shall have the little Box or a Parcel
from London again next week ^or to_morrow,^, pray send it by the
Cart next Friday.
    I am Your's
    M: Legh
Friday evening
I have sent a Box of Candles, pray let them be
put into the Back Still Room.

author LEGH MARTHA
1762

To
Mr Richd: Orford

[In different hand]
my mrs. abt. Coals
& pines to miss Hetty
reced Decr. 18. 62
Ans — 19. 62
      new page
    I recd: yours, I would have Coals given
as usual, & let Nurse Shepley be one of them.
Whatever Boxes come from London by the Coach
directed to me, send them hither by the Cart.

    I am
    yours &c
    M: Legh
Pray let me know
whether Flodman has
sent any Pines to Miss Hetty.
Friday even:

Since I wrote the above, I've recd:
the 2 Boxes.

author LEGH MARTHA
1762

Richd: Orford

    I recd: yours, wou'd have you charge
only my Boxes to me; all the rest to
your Master. I am
    yours &c
    M: Legh
Decr: 26.

Those Boxes that came by the Coach.
directed to me, charge also to me.
I expect a little Parcel by the Coach next
    Wensday.
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
my mistress abt. charging
her Box's to London
to her &c —
rec~ed Decr. 29. 62
Ans~. 30. 62

author LEGH MARTHA
1767

To
Mr Richd: Orford
or Mr Newhouse
      new page
Orford
    I shall send Iem: Holford and Phebe to Lyme
by next Mondays Coach, I will supply them with
Money for the whole of their expences so that Iem:
shall account with me for the Ballance when I
come down. I have dismiss'd Phebe from her service,
so pray pay her what is due of her Wages.
    I go next Tuesday to Sir B: Garrard's, so that if
you should have occasion to write to me, enclose
yr Letter in [corrected] a Cover directed to Sir Benet Garrard
Bart: M P at Lamer near Welwyn
Hertfordshire. I will give you timely notice
when I return to Lyme. I hope all is well there
    I am
    yrs &c
    M Legh
Pray deliver the enclos'd.

Iune 25th. 1767

author LEGH MARTHA
1767

To
Peter Legh Esqr
M P
at Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
By Buxton
      new page
Orford
    I intend setting off from this Place to_morrow
sennight, and shall lay at Bakewell on Tuesday
night, so send the 4 Chaise horses & a Saddle horse
for Harry early on wensday morning that I may
be at home by Dinner at 3 o clock or soon after,
Pray tell Patty that she may get the Rooms ready.
    Yrs &c
    M Legh
Lamer
Iuly 5th. 1767

author LEGH MARTHA
1773

To
Mr Richd: Orford
Lyme
      new page
Orford
    I desire you will shew the Bearer
of this Letter, (Mrs Hall who is to be the
Housekeeper) into the Still Room, & send
to Patty to go to her, and to take every
proper care of her.
    M: Legh
Iuly 13th. 1773

author LEGH MARTHA
1777

Orford
    As on my offering Mr Legh by yr hands, some Cottage
Leases to sign belonging to Broadhinton, last winter while
we were at Haydock you told me he was doubtfull whether
he had a power to do it, and after I went to London
you wrote me word he would sign those but wd: not sign
any more; so I have taken the liberty of making the
best enquiry I cou'd of Phelps (who knows the Customs
of that Manor better than any_one now living) how
those Leases has hitherto been carry'd on; & if Mr
Legh will either be at the trouble of reading Phelps's
Letter, or having it read to him, I hope he will be convincet
that he has a Power, (as what he has done for
upwards of 20 years past he may certainly continue
to do) and of the necessity of putting that Power in
execution if he will be kind enough to do it.
I know well, how improper it is for me to multiply
words! but as there are some Cottagers now who wd:
be glad to fill up their Leases (exclusive of those
3 or 4 wch it wd: be properest to let drop in [corrected]) so I
cannot but petition Mr Legh about it, and if he does
not chuse to be at the trouble of signing them himself,
that he will depute some other person for ye purpose
I hope he will not refuse as he must be sensible that
shd: they fall in, how disadvantagious it wd: be to the
Tenants in the occupying their Farms & consequently
must in time hurt the Revertioners, wch I mention
before the inconvenience & hurt it will do to the
present Possesor; the former being, I presume, thought
of much the greatest consequence, & therefore most
likely to have its weight. I am sorry to be so
troublesome to Mr Legh; but these Things must be
attended to by some one person or other. The favor of
      new page
an answer as soon as convenient after Mr Legh has
perus'd these will much oblige
    Yrs &c
    M: Legh
Pray return Phelps's Letter

If Mr Legh is desirous (or will be at the trouble) of
having a List of the Number of the Cottage Leases &
the value of them he shall have it.

Bath
Novr: 15th. 1777

[Draft of Orford's reply written on same paper]

author ORFORD RICHARD
1777

        Lyme 28 Nov. 1777
Hond Madam
    Your favor of %the 15 Inst. I took the most ^an oppertunity^
to communicate to my Master who gave for Answer
he wd. sign no more Cottage Leases in Broadhinton,
he say'd when he gave me that Answer before
he gave no reason why he would not, but
as he was again applied to he wd. give his reason
which J might inform you, that in your Fathers
life time, he ^Your Father^ say'd he never would lease any
of %them again, and as his representative he
did not think himself justified in Leasing
them, tho it might be in his power to do it,
and order'd me to give you that for Answer —

author LEGH MARTHA
1779

[Direction in different hand]
mr. Orford
Lyme
Buxton
D Cheshire
Free
R. Atherton
[Postmarked Bristol]
      new page
Orford
    As I presume our stay here must be
for some length of time, I must desire you
to remit me my Money as soon as possible.
Direct yr outside Cover to Mr Atherton as
usual; Mrs Gilberts, Clifton Hill, Bristol.
Send them by London, & not by X Post.
    I am &c
    M: Legh
Clifton Hill
Augst: 14th. 1779

We have the happiness of thinking that
Mrs Atherton will recieve benefit by these
Waters.

author LEGH MARTHA
1779

[Direction in different hand]
Mr: Orford
Lyme
Buxton Cheshire.
Free
R. Atherton.
[Postmarked Bristol]
      new page
Orford
    I have recd: a Letter from Mr Drake
whose answer is such, that the 1000 I mention'd,
cannot be supply'd in the manner
you seem'd to wish it should be.
The best way I can think of, is to get Mr
Cook to acquaint Mr Legh of the necessity
of getting that Sum.. to pay off the Person
who let us have it on Mr Legh's Bond;
otherwise he himself will write to Mr
Legh to call it in.
    I hope the Wheels for my Coach is getting
forward, to be ready agst: I return to Lyme
for they will then absolutely be wanted.
I must desire you will remit me the
Money I lent you, as soon as you can,
for I shall really want it.
    I am Yrs: &c
    M: Legh
Clifton Hill
Bristol
Augst: 19th. 1779

author LEGH MARTHA
1779

[Direction in different hand]
mr: Orford
Lyme
Buxton
Derbyshire.
Free
R. Atherton
[Postmarked Bristol]
      new page
        Clifton Hill
        Augst: 24th. 1779
    I recd: your first Letter on Sunday last with three
half Bank Notes enclos'd, also yr second Letter
yesterday, with the other three Do: value 100
have therefore return'd yr Notes of hand, hope you
will get them safe, of wch I shall be glad to know;
also the Event of my last Letter respecting the 1000.
For it is not in our power to get it; I mean Mine
& Mr Iay's. I must repeat my desire of getting the
Coach Wheels done against I come home.
My Dear Mrs Atherton is certainly on the mending
hand, hope our journey hither will fully answer
but it must be a work of time. I hope all is well
at Lyme & in the neighbourhood
    I am Yrs &c
    M: Legh
The Pattern of the Carpet
is very satisfactory
I am sorry to hear of the
loss you & yr Family has
had of yr poor Sister

author LEGH MARTHA
1779

I propose coming to Lyme by the latter end
of next week, so pray order the Chamber Maids
to get our Rooms ^& Beds^ well air'd & ready.
    Pray take care of whatever Boxes or Letters &c
come for us.
    I am &c
    M: Legh
Oct. 20th. 1779

author LEGH MARTHA
1785

Mr Orford
Lyme
Buxton
Cheshire
      new page
        Princes Strt. No: 8
        Hanover Sqre
        May 3d. 1785
Orford
    Mrs Keck having given me
a Note of the China that is wanted
at Lyme & Haydock, I must
say I do not like to undertake
buying it, unless I had Orders
from the higher Powers; well
knowing that what I do, cannot
give the satisfaction of those
that are more in favor, & whose
performances are more approv'd.
Therefore till I have directions
thro' you, I shall desist meddling
in the matter. I am
    Yr Oblig'd
    Mar: Legh

author LEGH MARTHA
1785

        Iune 25. 1785

Orford
    I have apply'd several times to Mr
Dagge for the Hampshire Fee Farm Rent
but cannot get him to pay it. The reason
he gives is this, There is a dispute subsisting
between two Gentlemen, which ^of them^ is to appoint
an Agent to pay the Money; therefore
Henry Dagge thinks he is not authoriz'd
for the purpose till that Dispute
is determin'd. It has been in Contest
about nine Months. As I understand
the matter by Mr Iohn Dagge (for I
have not seen Mr Henry his Brother)
the Manor of Somerford belong'd to a
Sr Iohn Strachen, who made it over to
another Gentleman (but Mr Ino: Dagge did
      new page
not tell me his Name) for services done;
but not any Consideration mention'd.
So the Dispute (I understand) lays
between those two, which of them the
Manor belongs to. Now Henry Dagge
married Sr Ino: Strachens Widow,
yt probably he is the ^other^ Gentleman.
The Dispute lays before a Mr
Thompson, a Master in Chancery; so
when he will be pleas'd to determine
it, no-body knows. As this Money is
not yet paid, What must I do with the
Reciept Mr Legh has sign'd wch is
dated last April? may the Date be
alter'd? or must we be at the difficulty
of getting Mr Legh to sign another
      new page
whenever they think fit to pay it?
I think Mr Legh ought to be made
acquainted with it.
    I shall like to have yr answer enclos'd
in a Cover directed to Ambse Goddard Esqr
M P Swindon Wilts:, Put Mrs Legh
Salthrop on yr Letter before you enclose it.
    I am &c
    M: Legh
I shall stay at
Salthrop a Month
or 6 weeks.
Tell Marsden there are 6 Boxes & three
Trunks sent by Pickfd: to_day directed
for me, desire him to take care of them
& not let them be open'd.

author LEGH MARTHA
UNDATED

Mr Richd: Orford
      new page
Orford
    I cannot but acquaint you of the Cooks
ill behaviour here for some time past, which I was
wholly ignorant of till within this very little
while; his Transactions of the day before he went
has fully convincet me what turn he is of
He is very drunken and willfully so, & when he is
drunk he is riotous [corrected] & insolent, besides being
very headstrong, therefore you ought to take
care that he is witheld from Drink as much as
possible, and pray tell him from me I shall not
soon forget his behaviour last Monday night,
and that he must remember I have told him
from his Masters Athourity [corrected] that he must be
under the Inspection of the Housekeeper, whoever
she may be, that she must help to regulate
the management of the Meat, and also in making
his Bills of Fare; if his Pride will submit to
these, he may probably continue to be the Cook
at Lyme; but if not, he shall have my hearty
wishes & endeavours to be remov'd. Pray shew
him this Letter
    I am &c
    M: Legh

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich orford
At Lyme near Dissley
Cheshire
By Buxton
P.Free Legh

[In different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master with a %Bond signd
for Mr. Gaskell & a %rect. of mine
& ordering a View of the
Haydock Coal works by
Mr Fletcher, Hollywell
melling &c
reced Feby. 2d. 68
Ans~ D{*}
      new page
orford
    I had your letter last night and
made sufficiently unhappy at the Contents,
I dont Expect my miseries to End but in
death and I do believe ye strength of my
constitution will sett a long day, By ys
day Ive wrote to poor Peers who I know
feels too deeply for a late Event to be very
ready for Business however if youl
sum~ons mr Ediniors friend, and melling
and mr Holliwell, to meete you and Peers
at Haydock any fixed time perhaps
from their united Sentiments we may
come to a fuller resolution in our proceedings
your perseverance in ye way you are in
must necessarily be right be ye Event what
it may.
    Enclosed you have ye Bond Executed
and the Receipt for that 33.4. you advanced
over the Bills you sent, and at the
      new page
bottom of the account you will ^see^ I advanced 415.
to make it out 1037.9.0
    I do my utmost Endeavours to keep
up poor mrs Kecks Spirits but whilst I act the man
sink beneath ye woman, my own health is well
enough
    I am
    yr Obliged Friend
    P Legh
Bridge Street
29 Jan 68

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich' orford
At Lyme near Dissley
Cheshire
P.Free Legh

[Upside down in different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master ordering me to
go to Mr. Ashley abt. seling
Land to Dukes
people & abt. Waley
Common
Rec~ed Feby. 16. 67
from Lyme
Ans~ Do

[In different hand]
1768
Letters from Peter
Legh Esq. to Mr
Orford
Exad — P.L:
      new page
orford
    I write ys to Lyme as I fancy it may
stand a chance to find you at your Return.
Lawyer Gilbert was at me yesterday to Endeavour
to make an Agreement with me for my lands thay
shu'd cutt through in Groppenhall, I gave him for
answer I fancy mr Barry must be spoke to on the
like occasion and when we had conferd together I
would give him an Answer, you see their present
purpose is Separate bargains which we must Endeavour
to preevent as far as possible, And when you have conferd
with mr Ashley on mr Barrys Account suppose
you was to agree on the same Valuers as before,
    In a day or Twos time I expect the law will
determine how far Legh and Co are justified in
their late proceedings, an account of which Il send
you. we are all perfectly well
    I am
    yr Obligd Friend
    P Legh
11{*} Feb{*} 1768
      new page
As time now goes on fast and I expect ye
parliament will be dissolved ye next month suppose you
consult mr stafford on our Whaley Enclosure, and
try if he can putt it on such a footing as to reach
the Bounty for Dissley Chapell. but in ys be Expeditious
as Scruples are never wanting.

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich{*} orford
At Haydock Lodge near Newton
Lancashire
By Warrington
P.Free Legh
      new page
orford
    Last night I received your letter, and am
glad to find youve had a consultation on ye Coal
work in Haydock which Resolutions pursue.
    I don't recollect much of our Road but is as wide
as the Act demands but where otherwise I would
have it done to avoid complaints hereafter.
    I answerd your last to Lyme and which J hope is
come to hand before ys.
    I dont remember in last settling, any Interest
paid to mrs newton late miss macclesfield which
shu'd be done.
    As Lord Archibald has declared, and is
is now Canvassing the County much back must arise
let me hear what you hear on ye occasion
    I fancy wogan is inflamed and tho scarce to
Rival Preston yet bad enough.
    Harley Street are very well as is
    yr Obliged Friend
    P Legh
16 Feb{*} 1768
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master ordering to follow
consultation abt. Coals & to advise
him what is say'd abt. Lord Arch_ibold [across line break]
on his Canvas — and if
Interest was pd. to mrs. Newton
rec~ed Feby. 19. 68
Ans~ — Do

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich Orford
At Haydock Lodge near
Warrington
Lancashire
P.Free Legh
      new page
Orford
    I received yours last night and as you
say nought to ye contrary direct to Haydock.
    Whatever are the Resolutions of ye Com~ittee
on our Coal Affair pursue it and Hitt
or miss can't prove worse than is quite
familiar to me, Ive tasted deeply on ye
side of affliction, and I may say am
almost a Stranger to ye Reverse. A very
Principal satisfaction to me is to hear
my Brother is well and ye utmost of my
desires is to have matters carried on to his
approbation whose welfare as Guardian to
the Whole I preefer to my own. Walkers letter
deserves animaversions [corrected] and as far as is in
our power spare him not.
    I make no doubt but mr stafford will
be attentive to make an Example of serjeant,.
I owe him much and shu'd be glad to pay him
a little.
    Nancy is perfectly recoverd and
the family at Harley Street well to a wonder.
      new page
Lord archibald Ive not yet heard from
but have seen letters he has wrote to others,
but as matters come to your knowledge on
his Canvass let me know.
    we have an account here sr H Harpur
will soon give up his Pretensions to Derbishire
    my own health (if material) was
never better
    I am
    yr Obliged Friend
    P Legh

Bridge Street
18h Feb{*} 1768
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master ordering to persue
Consultation on the Coal Works
and Mrs. A Legh Got better
and to write as Lord Archabold
go on in his Canvass. And
he heard Sr. H Harpur wd give
up for derbyshire —
Rec~ed Feby. 21. 68
Ans~ Do

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich orford
At Lyme near macclesfield
Dissley
cheshire
By Buxton
P.Free Legh
      new page
orford
    I had yours last night
wrote from Haydock and one this night
wrote from Frodsham, This morn young
Ashley came to me in order to talk over
the Groppenhall Affair, we have made a
resolution to make no Separate agreements
wiith his Grace, and there seems to be a
contrariety of opinion how the matter was
settled in westminster Hall its agreed the
Lawyers on Each Side shud sett forth
and Sign how far the Decree went but so
far I understand that a fresh view and
Valuation is directed to be taken and the
conveniencis with the Jnconveniencies
Stated to_gether when this is done it
may be a full guidance to Us in Groppenhall
    I am perfectly well as is Harley Street
before ye 20{*} of March Parliament will be
dissolved and then we shall all be in motion.
      new page
mr and mrs Keck will come to Lyme in
Sum~er, and if Grain is with you at a
tolerable price I woud venture at it.
    Liveries and Iavelin men at newton you
will see are ready.
    we have a report here sr H Harpur
will throw up and soon, and we think
my neighbour Knight has little chance
at Leicester
    mr Master and his family are
perfectly well
    I am
    Yr Obligd Friend
    P Legh
Bridge Street
20{*} Feb 1768
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master saying mr. Ashley had
been with him abt. Lands for
Dukes Canal in Groppenhall —
that parliament wd. ride by
20 march, &c —
Rec~ed Feby. 23d. 68
Ans~ Do

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich' Orford
At Haydock Lodge near
Newton
Lancashire
By Warrington
P.Free Legh
      new page
orford
    I had your letter last night
and will soon see mrs newton and
fix with her where her future interest
shall be discharged. Except what I hear
from Dr Hall I have had neither line or
message from Lord Arch', but whatever you
hear let me know in Each letter you write,
If mr. Barry gains ground at wogan
sr G loses as much at Lancaster, haveing
by bringing in such a desperate Mob
almost destroyd the Town, and numbers
have left him and gone Over to L' I.
Preston if possible is in a more unhappy
scituation And I Expect such Outrages
will com~itted there as not to be Equalld
in a Xristian country. As to the D Agents
saying{*} they have gott what they wanted
thus much I know, the law has gott the
      new page
whole and because no agent of ours or their can
possatively say what was the Judges determination
its agree our Lawyers and Th Dukes Lawyers
shud sign an Instrument setting forth how
that matter Ended, but by what J understand
a fresh View is directed Inconveniencies
and Advantages to be considred and to be putt
into ye value of ye land, without being made
separate Articles, And if I conjecture right
his Grace and his Agents are much Embarassd
    Im perfectly well and ye only thing to
keep me so is the health and properity of Harley
street, mrs Keck received the Pens and is thankfull
for Them I am
    Your Obligd Frie{**} [torn off] P Legh 22 Feb 68
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master enquiring if
I heard any_thing abt. Lord
Archibolds Canvas, & Sr. Geo.
loosing ground at Lancaster
& abt. Preston Election &c —
Rec~ed Feby. 26. 68
Ans~ — D{*}

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich orford
At Haydock Lodge near newton
Lancashire
By Warrington
P.Free Legh
      new page
orford
    I had your letter ys day and have
health and spirit sufficient to say J was
never better, and that very highly increasd
by the well being of Harley street.
    I make not a doubt of every_thing right
being done at Haydock, and as that is
done Am perfectly compos'd let what will
happen.
    I will now tell you my Intentions
as soon as I can learn when ye parliament
will be dissolved I propose with mr Keck
to steer for Haydock utterly unconnected
with Lyme, some say ye 12h of next month
others ye 20{*} but I fancy it will happen between
those two times, but as you know ye ultimate
youl know how to provide accordingly.
    however in Every letter you shall know as
much as I know who am
    your Obliged Friend
    P Legh
      new page
I saw mr Downs to_day who confirms Serjeants
proposal to him, which for ye sake of his good character
he has utterly rejected.
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master saying
he will come to Haydock
&c. whe parliament
rises, & sati^s^fied abt.
Coal &c. —
Rec~ed Feby 28 68
Mar.
I %believe

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich orford
At Haydock Lodge
near warrington
Lancashire
P %Free Legh
      new page
orford
    Its now believed y{*} Parliament
will be dissolved ye 10h of next month and
if so mr Keck and I shall Steer for
for Haydock without any respect to Lyme,
by ys Post I have wrote to newhouse to send
down ye Plate and all necessaries to Haydock
by the Tenth of next month when I really
believe the Parliament will be dissolved.
    Tho a complete Victory is gain'd on Each Side
in reguard to his Grace yet I believe Each side
may find the Expence, And if one for his Grace
and one for ye land owners and they Two to
agree to another it wou'd serve ys purpose to
disappoint ye law and in ye End be more advantage
than a Contest, you know my Sentiments are
peace and from which I will never Deviate.
    sr H Harpurs decline is preemature, And
to be kept on to his Disgrace. Till I see you you
you shall hear from me frequently and am
    your Obligd Friend
    P Legh
27{*} Feb 68
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master saying that he
believed Parliament wd. rise
abt. 10th March, & he had Wrote
to Newhouse abt. for plate
Rec~ed March 1. 68
Ans Do

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich' Orford at
Haydock Lodge near newton
Lancashire
By Warrington
P.Free Legh
      new page
Orford
    I had your letter ys morning
and have so many to write I must be as short
as I can. L A I know bears little Respect in ye
county, and shu'd be surprizd if the party
you mentiond shud be putt up, but its too
late for ys now. The parliament will
undoubtedly be prorogue the 10th and
dissolved the day following my sadle horses
will sett out the sixth and reach Haydock
the 10th mr Keck and I shall sett out ye
Eighth and reach Haydock 11th
    By all means contract for ye
wargrave Moss Estate in whatever way
you Judge best.
    I know the Duke is aiming at
separate contracts with ye land owners,
I apprizd Ashley of it to prevent mr
Barrys comeing in. By yis post I have
wrote to mr newhouse with orders for
my Coach and Horses to be at Haydock
the tenth, mrs Murray and a Laundry Maid
to come in ye Coach with ye Cook
      new page
    ye yellow button you mention for ye Servants I approve
    I had a letter ys morn from mr stafford but not a
word about the Knutsford meeting
    I saw mrs newton yesterday who says she
never Employs her Agent to receive Jnterest money and
desires to have it always remitted to Her, but suppose
you send it to Birchill he'l pay it and send you
mrs newtons Receipt. who lives in Ormond Street
    we are all perfectly well
    I am
    Yr Obligd Friend
    P Legh
Bridge street
1 mar' 1768
PS. Boild Beef well salted
is a favourite dish with mr Keck
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master informing
me of his coming to Haydock
and ordering to buy the Wargrave
Moss estate, and ordering
Mrs. Newton Jnterest to be %pd.
to her [word crossed out] Ormand Street —
Rec~ed March 5. 68
Ans~. Do

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr R' orford at
Haydock Lodge near Warrington
Lancashire
By London
P.Free Legh
[Postmarked Bath]

[Upside down, in different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master saying his interest
is given to L: Arch~.
Hambleton but at his Expence
and ordering his 3 yr. old Chesnut
Colt to be cover'd —

rec~ed Apl. 16. 68
Ans~ Do
      new page
orford
    I had yours ys morning And tho
expensive the success attending it is some
Recompense, you don't mention what
numbers we Polld. I cant think of an opposition
ariseing for L county but you do quite
right in informeing our friends not to
engage before they hear from Us but I
fancy as ye Election was to begin on Tuesday
last ye whole will be over before this
reaches you my Engagement (if an
opposition arises is to (L A Hamilton) but
at his own Expence. Im much tired of
Elections And most Cordially wish Them
All Over. To hear you speak with Spirit
on norburys well doing gives me Spirit, who
am too happy here to be Ever dejected.
    As ye time draws near for covering
our Mares remember to have the Three year
Chesnutt Colt coverd by a Chesnutt horse or a
very Black Bay and whatever mares you
      new page
have more Use your own Judgment.
    when You write always direct by London as
it will come much sooner.
    Peers and All of Us are perfectly
well I am
    Your Obliged Friend
    P Legh
Bath
9h Apl 1768

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr R orford at
Lyme near Dissley
cheshire
By manchester
P.Free Legh

[Upside down, in different hand, probably Orford's]
My Masr inclosing
me 2 Rects. and saying
he is glad of a Quiet
Election in Lancashire
Rec~ed Apl. 27. 68
Ans~ abt. then &
J believe.
      new page
orford
    I had your Epistle and shu'd have
answerd it as usuall had J not been called
from home a day or two. The Two Bills you
enclos'd came safe a receipt for which I've here
enclos'd. The Answer you gave mr Tomkinson
is very propper, and I do think the other affair
shu'd be fixed before They begin to cutt again.
Im glad to hear of a quite quiet Election at
Lancaster, As I do think Jve not quite succeeded
in the pains and Expences we undertooke in
Lanca Darbishire
    Enclosed I've sent You a List
of Complainants in reguard to ^a^ spott of land in
Rot Lane Royden has Enclosed, by ye post I have
answerd my Brother that the Jury shu'd view
it and at ye next Court order it to be pulld
down. we are all perfectly well
    I am
    Yr Obligd Friend
    P Legh
Gay Street
16 Apl 1768

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich' orford at
Haydock Lodge near Warrington
Lancashire
By London
P %Free Legh
[Postmarked Bath]

[Upside down, in different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master with Squire
Makays Letter Inclosed
complaing [corrected] abt. Coal proposals,
& that Young Crows
shd. not be Shot —
Rec~ed Apl. 29. 68
Ans~ Do
      new page
orford
    The enclosd lette from Mr Makay
I receved ys morning which is so long and so
full of Invective I had neither patience to read it
nor sufficient knowledge to understand it, And
by ys post have answerd it to y{*} Effect. The
price Coals are now sold on Sankey has been
sufficiently tried to convince Every coal proprietor
they must wert. to ye bad. and to preevent yt
its highly necessary we shu'd come into an
Agreement to make ye Country pay a fair
price, but whether its to be done by each of us
being stinted to quantity or otherwise is
quite im~eterial to me if ye owners agree to
raise their Coal propperly. If Makay
persists in obstructing our designs we must
find way to squeze him into terms; and
sr Tho' and I agreeing youl bring it about.
by last post I received a Letter from my Brother
with a request for His Sons to shoot Rooks, the
last year I told Iohn Iackson I wou'd not have
      new page
Them disturbed and by a post or two ago I
wrote ye same account. I hope Hen Richardson
keeps all gates locked and permitts no carts
to go throug the Fold. If for a fortnight you
have had ye same dropping weather as we
have had here for a fortnight your meadows at
Haydock must laugh and sing.
    We are all perfectly well here
and Peers has let out his cloaths
    J am
    Yr Oblig'd Friend
    P Legh

Bath
25{*} Ap{*} 1768

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich' orford at
Lyme near Dissley
Cheshire
By Manchester
P %Free Legh

[Upside down in different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master approving of
the Coal meeting; & Abt Norbury
works & his aprovg. of Young
Hyde beating Serjeant & that
he wd. go into London 9 may
Rec~ed April 29. 68
Ans~ — Do
      new page
orford
    I had your letter yesterday and
highly approve the Coal meeting youve
already had and tho unsuccessfull at
first make no doubt of Makays comeing
in when he has duely weighd matters. at
norbury for last month we have been
unsuccessfull unforseen accidents happening
has retarded our business there, but Hen
Richardson gives me hopes they will be
rep{**}r'd [torn off] in a fortninghts time when he
thinks a clear profitt may be Expected.
    young Hide has drubd Sergeant till
he cried enough, accordingly he has had
Hyde before a justice, and has swore
heartily to a lie, by ys. post Ive wrote to
Hen Richardson with assurances Il never
leave Sergeant till he runs his Country.
    we are all perfectly well and as soon
      new page
as I have fixed where I shall lodge when I go to
attend the opening of parliament I will let you know
I propose to be in Town ye Ninth of may So till
that time direct hither. my Brother will be down
this month or early next, And I think was never
better. In your next I hope to hear you have had
gentle Rains a Weeke passt as we have had here
and ye Spring particularly Corn is in flourishing
condition. I am
    your Obliged Friend
    P Legh
Gay Street
23 Apl 1768

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
Mr Rich' Orford at
Lyme near Dissley
Cheshire
By Manchester
P %Free Legh

[Upside down in different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master about his
Coal %Works & consent to
Raise them if Mr Makay
wd
rec~ed by Mr. Peers —
May 6. 68
Ans~ Do
      new page
orford
    I had your letter ys day and am glad
to hear you confirm ye good prospect We have at
norbury And which Hen Richardson wrote Me to ye
same Effect. And young Harry ^from^ haydock writes
me word They have coal Two yards thick on ye
other Side ye fault and better in its kind than he
expected, so yt in time I hope we may renew
onst more a land trade; The other work he
writes is prosperous as he cou'd wish and if we
can but bring mackay to consent to raise ye
price all wou'd do well again, hes a whimsical
man and not a little possitive, but when he finds
the rest of proprietors determin'd perhaps he
may listen to Reason. By the Ninth of May
I shall be in London So direct for Me at mr Kecks
Jn Harley Street Cavendish Square and tell Richardson
and Mr Starkey And any more you see that write.
    I am
    Yr Obligd Friend
    P Legh
PS we are All right hearty
as Peers will tell you
30th Ap{*} 1768

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
Mr Rich' Orford
At Haydock Lodge near
Warrington
Lancashire
P.Free Legh
      new page
orford
    I had yours of ye 29th this day And
am perfectly satisfied of the necssity of
haveing a solid A_greement enterd into
in writeing to be binding as %to quantity to
All the proprietors, And why Mr Makay
shu'd make ye lest difficulty as he is
allowed so much a greater share is a
mistery to me, But I fancy the utter hatred
he has to Mrs Clayton is one reason of
his Objecting. Im glad to hear ye rain
has wrought Haydock and make not ye
lest doubt but Lyme has had its share.
Cattell in ys country are much fallen in
price not less than a third, So hope to hear
we may find ye same benefit at Lyme
and Haydock. I heard mr Starkie was laid
up with the Gout, Cockermouth Fish
and small Claret is a great friend to
an irregular Gout. Your next direct to
      new page
me at mr Kecks in Harley Street where
I shall be the Ninth.
    We are All perfectly well
    I am
    Yr Oblig'd Friend
    P Legh

Bath
1t may 1768
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master abt. the
Navigation Coal agreemt.
&c. —
Rec~ed May 6 68
Ans~ Do. —

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich' orford at
Lyme near Dissley
Cheshire
By Manchester
P Free Legh

[Upside down in different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master saying he
is glad to here of prospect
at Norbury Works, & if in
his Power hell prosecute
Serjeant &c. and ordering
his Horse to be accustom'd
to Parks moor
Rec~ed May 13. 68
Ans~ — 14. 68
      new page
orford
    I had your letter ys morning
and am glad to hear you speake with
spirit of our Norbury work, which to be
sure has been very Expensive but I
trust I'm hearty enough to see myself
repaid but as The Irish say a Single
misfortune never comes Alone for ye
greatest is ever Attended with a Greater,
Haydock works for yt. That Rascail
Serjeant won't be satisfied till hes
thrown into prison And if its practicable
Il willingly subscribe to it. Tell Jos
Grindley I would have him Use my
chair Horse frequently and make Parks
more Ride quite familiar to him,
as I fancy mrs Keck won't be a little
fond of yt Ride. on monday ye 9th I
shall reach London, and remember to
direct to me at mr Kecks Harley Street.
      new page
I'm surpriz'd to hear Cattell in Lancashire
keep up to a high price, in ys country
Ive convers'd with many and all agree
Cattell are fallen a Third.
    we are All perfectly well
    I am
    Yr Oblig'd Friend
    P. Legh

Bath 7h may 1768

PS has my large
Bay Mare foald

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich' orford
At Lyme near Dissley
Cheshire
By manchester
P.Free Legh

[Upside down in different hand, probably Orford's]
My Masters two Letters
saying he glad Mr Peers got
well to Haydock, thanking me
abt. Haydock %Colliery. & saying he
wd. go to Bath &c. Rec~ed on my
coming to Lyme
    May 25. 68
    Ans Do
      new page
orford
    I had your letter yesterday and
am truely glad to hear my Brother
reached Haydock cheerfull and well,
your Anxiety and labours for ye Haydock
works I must Ever with gratitude remember
and I think I can depend on mr makay
to do nought unreasonable where Im
concerned and whatever agreements you
make on My Account I shall most readily
assent to. As soon as possible I will see
mr Wild and am glad to hear your Brother
and Bradly have had spirited letters
from Him. By Saturday Se'nnit I hope
to return to Bath So direct your next to
Gay street and I hope Early in Iune to
see Lyme with mr Keck and his family
but ^must^ have a remittance before I can remove
      new page
we are all perfectly well
    I am
yr Oblig'd Friend
    P Legh
London
12{*} may 1768

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
Mr Rich' orford
At Lyme near Dissley
Cheshire
By Buxton
P.Free Legh
      new page
orford
    I had your letter ys day and
not a little pleasd to see ye spirit its wrote
in, disappointments have been so naturall
to me all my life that in truth J am so habited
as to expect nothing more, however its
happy for me that I can bear whatever
my lot is. Im well pleased to hear you
are come to an agreement relative to ye
price of coals, I was well inclind to think
mr Makay wou'd operate with Us when
he duely considred ye Affair. The Judgment
you make about the four foot Mine is
assuredly right for to open it might be
attended with disagreeable circumstances,
and it will be time enough to do it when
we fail in other places. This is Tuesday
to_morrow I return to Bath mr and mrs
Keck follow me in a few dayes and are
determind to spend ye sum~er with me at
Lyme, They and ye child both well.
      new page
    As letters are so long in comeing to Bath I
woud willingly speak in time for I assuredly shall
want a remittance before I can leave Bath.
    The enclosd I received ys post which intelligence
com~unicate to Peter Geskill.
    J am quite hearty and well
    your Obligd Friend
    P Legh
London
17t May 1768

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
Mr R' Orford at
Lyme near Dissley
Cheshire
By Buxton
P.Free Legh
      new page
orford
    I am now gott to Bath and
have left mr and mrs Keck for a
weeke in London and as soon as They
come to Us we shall come to some
resolutions about our Removal to Lyme
but you may depend on the Earliest
notice, But I must have a Remittance
before I can stir.
    We all perfectly well
    J am
    Yr Obliged Friend
    P Legh

[In different hand, probably Orford's]
Stockpt. Church %Seat for
Mr. Cooper —

PS If at a propper time you
cou'd contrive to gett the Bank
mare coverd with the Wimslow Horse
we shu'd have a chance for a good
coach horse.
Bath 21t may — 68
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master saying he was
returned to Bath & when Mr.
& Mrs. Keck got there he %wd
let me know when to expect
them all from Bath —
Rec~ed May 28. 68
Ans~ abt that day

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich' orford at
Lyme near Dissley
Cheshire
By Buxton
P %Free Legh
[Postmarked Bath]

[Accounts in pencil omitted]
      new page
orford
    I had yours of the 22 this morning
and am well pleas'd to see you write with so
much spirit on our Colliery affairs at Haydock,
glad to see ye attempts you have already made
towards the rise of Coals which undoubtedly is
absolutely necessary. As to ye ware mackay woud
erect it will require circumspection before I
will give an Answer. at ye same time I wou'd
not do him harme (if it wou'd not hurt my
own Interest. I Expect mr and mrs Keck
here to_morrow And as soon as They come
shall fix our Rout for Cheshire but can't
move till you sett me at liberty with a
Remittance. we are all hearty and well
    I am
    Yr Oblig'd Friend
    P Legh
Bath
28 may — 68
      new page
My Master saying he
approves of Coal Affairs
& wd. not give Consent for
a %ware for Mr. Mackay
till he had consider'd

Rec~ed June 3. 68
Ans~ 4. 68

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich' Orford
At Lyme near Dissley
Cheshire
By London
P %Free Legh
[Postmarked Bath]
      new page
orford
    I had yours ys day and am well
pleas'd to hear you are come to a present
conclusive agreement on our navigation
coal work as to ye price, nor was I surpriz'd
at Makays standing off at first, he loves his
own conjectures and by ys time its high time
he shu'd be convinced of sticking too long to his
own conceits.
    on mr wrights throwing up my
Seat in Stockport church you may assure
mr Cooper he shall have it on ye same terms
    I enclose you a Villainous letter
from Sarjeant, for ye openness of my heart I hope
will never permitt me to Secret a letter so
vilely levelld at ye inocent, shew it to H
Richardson and let him use him with The
contempt it deserves, I see plainly ye Rascails
starveing and may it be so for me.
    my next will fix when we'l sett out and
where I would have ye horses meet me,
      new page
but observe ys — Eight horses must be musterd up
colours quite im~aterial. I expect Nanny and I
shall be a few dayes before mr Keck. But as Patty
already knows what rooms are to be preepared, say
as little as you can before you order ye horses to
meet Us.
    We are all hearty and well
    I am
    Your Oblig'd Friend
    P Legh
Bath
13 Iun{*} 1768
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master approving
of our Agreemt. abt. Navigation
Coal, Saying Mr. Cooper shd.
have Seat in Stockport
Church if Mr. Wright wd. not
and a Letter from Serjeant
aspersing managers of Norbury
Coaly & he wd. work under the
Terms they are done —
Rec~ed June 6. 68
Ans~ Do

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich' Orford
At Lyme near Dissley
Cheshire
By Buxton
P %Free Legh

[Upside down, in different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master ordering the
Chaise Horses to be at
Newcustle 14 June 68
Rec~ed June 10. 68
      new page
orford
    I had your letter and glad to see it
wrote in good spirit by Tuesday ye fourteenth
we shall all be at newcastell so send our
chaise horses to be there that Evening and I
hope we shall reach Lyme ye next day in good
time.
    your Obligd Friend
    P Legh

Bath
4h Iun{*} 1768

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1768

To
mr Rich' orford
At Lyme near Dissley
Cheshire
By Buxton
P.Free Legh
[Postmarked Bath]
      new page
orford
    my letter to you by yesterdays Post
fixed you to send my horses to Necastle
Tuesday the fourteenth but have since alterd
my mind and send them to newcastle
wensday the Fifteenth where I shall overtake
mr Keck and his family and all be at
Lyme by Thursday Evening, so acquaint
mrs murray and Patty that ye childs nursery
may be in readiness.
    we are all well
    J am
    Yr Obligd Friend
    P Legh
Bath
Sunday 5' June — 68
      new page
My Master Countermanding
his orders of his horses for
Tuesday & saying they must
be at Newcastle on Wednesday
night 15 June 1768.

Rec~ed June 11. 1768

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1773

orford
    In reguard to Wiliam don't fail to
secure yourself, and the only way to do it is to_morrow [across line break]
morning to go down quietly, and take
an attorney with you from Warrington.

[In different hand, probably Orford's]
Rec~ed this Augt. 26. 1773. —

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1773

To
mr R' Orford at
Haydock near Warrington
Lancashire
By Manchester
P.Free Legh
[Postmarked Manchester]
      new page
orford
    at our last meeting of the Posts of
the Parish a complaint was made that
The Steeple of the church was much craked
and in a very Ruinous condition, accordingly
we agreed to have it ^view'd^ and an Estimation
of a thorough Repair to be made by different
undertakers, I know no one so capable of
makeing a right judgment on such matters
as mr Rich' Melling who on your Return
to Lyme bring with ^you^ and let him also
bring with Him the Draft I gave him to
make a Chapell Porch at Newton which he
has shamefully never looked at
    yr Obliged Friend
    P Legh
Lyme
6 Sept 1773

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1775

To
mr R orford at
mr Birchills in Oxford street
London
[Postmarked Warrington]

[Across in Orford's hand]
March 10. 75
P Legh Esqr. to me
at Mr Burchals
in Town —
      new page
orford
    I had your letter ys morning
and had a double pleasure in it as
I clearly there is an [corrected from and] End of the
Warrington Bill, Russell and the Dutchy
is a finisher, for without Kingship the
Lord won't touch. Mr starkie also writes
me word Lord stamford is strong in
our Interest and ^will^ do what He can for
Us. By Spakeman to_day I found Turner
has wrote to the Lord and his Vassals,
to signifie He had little hopes of
success and I fancy He has wro{*...} [torn off]
for fresh Instructions, and to kn{*...} [torn off]
also what proposal he might ma{*...} [torn off]
to quiet [corrected] the minds of the corsic{*...} [torn off]
but I shall write ys morning to M{*}
starkie and acquaint him We have
had a metting rather a Congress
      new page
in ^which^ Nem Eon we Resolved to accept no
Conciliatory Terms whatever. It gives me a
pleasure the very thought of defeating a Bill
which Turner had given the Lord and his Adherents
the strongest assurance that his own Influence
was sufficient to carry the Bill hollow.
    By the time ys reahes you mr Topping will be
in town with full power to act Vigorously.
    I did Expect nothing would be done in Reguard
to the newton Bounty before may, and shu'd be
much obliged to mr Russell if on my Account
he woud attend the Com~issioners whenever They
sitt to do Business informe Him also my Si{*}t on
that head has been Three years and I was told by the
preesent Bishop of Ely the child wou'd Assuredly
      new page
be of Age the next may. The Firrs from Val was
mere Curiosity I'm in full stock and want no more
Jm perfectly well and
    yr Obliged Friend
    P Legh

Haydock
Friday morn
ps at the last congress held at Warrington I was desird
to let you stay in Town till the Warrington Bill was
determin'd one way or the Other to which I assented
10t mar' 1775

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1775

To
mr R orford at
mr Birchals Oxford Street
London
[Postmarked Warrington?]

[Across, in Orford's hand]
March 12. 1775
Pet. Legh Esqr. to %me
at Mr Burchal's
in Town —
      new page
orford
    By this mornings Post I
received a letter from mr starkie
acquainting me the Lords will not
dispense with my Absence, and Im
as well assur'd They shall not com~and
my Preesence. So have by ys post Wrote
to mr starkie to withdraw ye Bill
and let there be a final End to any
further signing or Sealing on that
head. By last Post (if it was necessary)
I desird you to stay the Event of the
Warrington Bill, But as the matter
above is finally ended and Topping
in Town perhaps he'l answer all
the purposes as well as you. I am
perfectly well and
    Your Obligd Friend
    P Legh
Haydock
12 mar 1775

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1775

To
mr R Orford at mr Birchalls
Jn Oxford street
London
[Postmarked Warrington]

[Across in Orford's hand]
March 17th. 1775
Peter Legh Esqr. to me
at Mr Burchals
when in Town
      new page
orford
    I have been four dayes out
and returnd but yesterday when I found
your letter, The proposals of a compensation
for Stalls is laughed at much and one
and All are resolved to oppose Every
article in the Bill, and its now
declard by the Friends to the Bill yt
the proposals are Turners alone quite
unknown to Them, they are separateing
and I do believe will soon declare
off, Turner will soon feel his boasted
strength is Insignificant, and may
find time enough soon to return to
a Town not so divided as when he
left it. I will soon get the three Parsons
and three Esqrs to sign the Jnstrument of
view and Value, and do beleeve
      new page
Expedition money being Expected
has that matter so long in suspence;
    Till Warrington and my Bill
in the house are come to a crisis
one way or the other I cant leave
Haydock, but you shall know my resolves
before I leave ys place.
    I am perfectly well and
    Yr Obligd Friend
    P Legh
Haydock
17t mar' 1775

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1775

Orford

[Across in Orford's hand]
March 20th. 1775
My Masrs. Letter to me
in Town
      new page
orford
    I had your letter ys morning
and as the Lords will not dispence with
my Absence I must come up but I have
abundance to do before I can remove to
Lyme, however by next Post I hope to send
you up the Instrument signd by the
Gentleman They have viewed and
Valued and find the purchase will be
beneficial to the chapell, And I dare
say mr Russell who youl leave in com~ission
will see the rest finishd as soon as
the Com~issioners meet. as mr starkie
thinks you can speake to some things
which mr Toppin cant so propperly,
your stay is absolutely necessary,
and as soon as I can come up I will.
    Enclosd is mr Poles Bill which
discharge before you leave town.
    I am
    Yr Ob Friend
    P Legh
Haydock 20 mar' 75

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1775

[In Orford's hand]
March 24. 1775
Peter Legh Esqr. to me
when at Mr. Burchal's
in Town —

R orford
      new page
orford
    I had your letter this morning
and another from mr Gwillym
giveing me an Account of our total
defeating the Warrington ^Bill^, and which
I do assure you makes Turner Mere
Man, and will hereafter render Him
capable of Fallibility, I dare say
a Warrington Peal will be wrung
at his approach, and J cou'd fancy
Lion and Rogerson won't make Their
publick Entry till its too dark to be
seen. I have gott the Newton Paper
executed, and also My Brothers
testimony of his bad Health to
be laid before the Lords, I shall ^go^ to
Lyme to_morrow stay Sunday, and
      new page
on Monday sett my face towards
the house of Lord and reach town
by Wed'nesday or Thursday.
    Im perfectly well and
    Yr Obliged Friend
    P Legh
Haydock
24. mar' 1775

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1775

orford
    I reachd Bath in one day from
London, and gott time enough to dinner
half hour passt five, And found myself
uncom~only Easy and happy on leaveing
law and Lawyers behind me, Im now
to my great comfort gott into ye Region
of quiet, where Lawyers have no Plea
    Before ys reaches you I hope to
hear you've discharg'd Bear the Cook
who of late has [corrected] been very Idle and
not quite sober, and much addicted
to rideing out. And I do think J have
laid a Plan for future Proceedings
that can't fail of success.
    when you are at Haydock let me
know what number of horses we Employ
at Haydock, and the Coalpitts, and do
not forgett to settle the Gamekeepers
wages who has really behaved well,
      new page
I woud also have the Red spaniel I
had from mr Parker sent down to
Haydock to be broke in ys Season to
the Netts by the gamekeeper there.
and let me know what Progress is
made there in our tillage for if the
weather has been as favourable there
at it has been there they can't fail to be
forward. Whatever Beans They Sow there
be circumspect about the kind, don't so
one Bean of our own kind, but purchase
a fresh Sort, for ours tho a pretty Sort are
dwindled much, and are near come to
nothing. I never was better in my life in
health and spirits and tho Jm a stranger %to
the Waters the very Sight of ys place
does me good I am
    yr oblig'd Friend
    P Legh
Bath 4' Ap{*} 1775
      new page
ps
give the Gamekeeper a particular
charge to keep Every_body out of
the Parks, and Golborn Com~on both in
pareing time and Covey Time
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
No. 1. Bath 4 Apl. 75
        Rec~ed 11 do. Ans~ do-
Abt. Beans to be changed at
Haydock No. of %Horses at do — Game
Keeper &c —

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1775

orford
    I had your letter this day and am pleas'd
to hear All matters at Lyme go on so well.
and not much displeas'd at the Removals yt
are to take place, Before I left Lyme I had
left a com~ission to have Bear discharged
when you came down, he has been an %Idle
fellow of late and perhaps mrs Leghs maid
will suffer most by his Removal, Im quite
certain I shall be benefitted have^ing^ parted with
a Black Guard Fellow, who thought himself
at liberty to take my horses whenever he thought
propper and go where he inclin'd without being
ameniable to any person whatever. I never was
better in my life, and whats more Extraordinary
I do believe I shall bring down mr Barker Restord
to perfect health, which he has been an utter Stranger
to for Twenty years passt.
    my opinion of Lancashire
Husbandry is such that I incline to think
      new page
you'l not find All plowing and soweing
over before you reach the place, hitherto they
have losst the Eleven dayes which Lyme has
taken the Advantage off. Whenever mr Worthington
applies for the sum I pay for Winwick Schoole
assure him its the last payment I will make
for as he has so Shamefully dropped his School
and for so many years in honour and conscience
as a man he ought to give it up, especially as he
is so well Circumstance, and as he %has no
thoughts of discharging the Hundred Pound his
father in law left as a legacy to Newton chapell
assure him Ive no intention to pay him one
forthing more on the School account.
    As to the wages of the Gamekeeper at
Haydock do with him as well as you can, he
has hitherto behaved well and when You have
agreed with him on the Account of Wages I will
write down what I expect from Him.
      new page
    Sister nancy is amazingly well considring
how Ill she left Lancashire.
    I wrote to H Richardson a week
ago. and Expect an answer soon.
    J am
    Yr Obligd Friend
    P Legh
Bath
14{*} Ap{*} 1775

PS whatever letters you or Harry direct
under Cover to mr Keck otherwise they charge
all.
      new page
[In different hand]
Non payment of the
Masters Salary —
Winwick School

[In different hand, probably Orford's]
P Legh Esqr — Bath 14th Apl 75
Rec~ed Apl. 22. 75
Ans~ do
found it on my coming to
Haydock. Abt. Mr. Worthington
of Winwick —

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1775

orford
    I had your letter in due time and when
you write to me Enclose to mr Keck otherwise ye
post here putts on a double charge.
    I had a letter from mrs Leek this morning
informing me of the time she proposes to sett out
for Salthrop. at the same time complaining
grievously of the under Butler and requesting he
also may be discharg'd im~ediatly, He wants com~on
sense, is very drunken, and not good Temper'd, she
has also orderd the Cellar Keys to be given to ye
Brewer but as poor Gates has Ever had Them let
them be Return'd to Him, And write to I Richardson
to discharge the under Butler im~ediatly who I
do think myself has no qualifications for a
Servant. youl now have time Enough to inquire
out a propper person and mr Bayly of the George will
assist you. Im glad Parker is gone he has
long been a nuisance as well %as a bad Example in
a Gentlemans house.
      new page
    whenever you answer Enclose it to mr Keck
in St Jamss place for the Postmaster here Ever
charges the letters that are directed to Him here.
double.
    The shoemaker going to the coal Pitts is
letting his house late sellarss fall in oblige him
directly to thatch it neatly and as we are thrashing
wheat at Haydock (if he's poor) let him have
wheat straw to do it.
    As you are at Haydock watch
narrowly W Wickies Motions, or else we shall
have the Key left under the door and ye Birds
flown, and after playing so Masterly a Game I
shu'd be glad of an opportunity of Returning
the favour.
    We are all happy and well and I have not
a doubt but I shall bring mr Barker perfectly
well back again
    J am
    Yr Obliged Friend
    P Legh
Bath
16{*} Ap{*} 1775
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
P.L. Esq{*}: Bath Apl. 16. 75
Found at Haydock
on my geting there Apl. 22. 75
Ans~ do

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1775

[Direction in different hand]
mr. Orford
Haydock
nr. Warrington
Free
Keck
[Postmarked Stockport]

[In different hand, probably Orford's]
Peter Legh Esqr.
Lyme Augt 28. 1775
Rec~ed Sepr. 1. 75
abt. Mr. Master being
got into England —
      new page
orford
    The Eels you sent by the
Boy came Exceeding good. and your
saying H Richardson was become Sensible
of his great neglect I own gave Me a Pleasure.
    The enclosd Epistle I received
ys morn' from poor mr Master which
methinks will give me a Pleasure to
see him onst more at Lyme
    J am
    Yr Oblig'd P Legh
Lyme
28{*} Augt 1775

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1775

To
mr R' Orford
Haydock

[Across in different hand, probably Orford's]
P. Legh Esqr.
Lyme 15 Octr 1775
Rec~ed P~ Turtons 18 Octr 75
Ans~ d~o.. P~ person with
Colts —
      new page
Orford
    As Turton has finish'd all I want at
preesent have sent Him off;
    you may send up the Two Colts
of ys year which are upon the Mares.
    also gett the back of the Grate mended
by the Black Smith in the Right hand
bed [corrected] chamber through the Tea Room.
    Order also Twist to lay down what
Pebles he Collects in marleing in the
Fold at Haydock
    Order what we collect also
to be laid in the same Place.
    Enclos'd is the Key of the Billiard
Table, lock it and bring the Key with You.
    J am
    Yr Oblig'd Friend
    P Legh
[Note in different hand, possibly Orford's] White Lead
Lyme
sunday
15{*} Oc{*} 1775

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1775

To
mr R' Orford
Haydock

[Across in different hand, probably Orford's]
Peter Legh Esqr.
Lyme Octr. 19. 75
Rec~ed P~ Knowles's
Lad —— 21. 75
Ans~ — 22 —
      new page
Orford
    I had yours this Evening
and the Colts tho come by Water
I do believe They are come safe.
This afternoon has afferded more Rain
than we have had ys year.
    Turton is but a slow Traveller
Hes a good hand, and will do good
worke when propperly noticed, he
really has done well this sum~er, and
I do believe His work will answer for
years to come.
    I hope mr Masters Plan
of merchandice may answer but shu'd
he trust Himself to a mate instead
of a captain he may be food for an
oyster before He Expects it.
    nought has happen'd here lately
    I am
    Yr Obligd Friend
    P Legh
Lyme
Thursday Eve'
[In different hand, probably Orford's] 19 Oct. '75

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1778

[Direction in different hand]
mr Orford
Lyme
nr. Dissley
Cheshire
Free
Keck
[Postmarked Warrington]
[Accounts in different hand omitted]
      new page
orford
    The enclosd came this morn'
which discharge as soon as you can
with convenience
    P Legh
Haydock
2{*} may 1778

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1778

[Direction in different hand]
By Buxton
mr. Orford
Lyme nr Dissley
Cheshire
Free
Keck
[Postmarked Bristol]

[Across in different hand, probably Orford's]
Bristol Iuly 28. 1778
Master's Letter
      new page
orford
    I reachd Bristol yesterday morning
Just after mrs Keck had Breakfasted
and to my great Comfort found My Dear
mrs Kek [corrected?] better much than I expected, I had a
quick passage as Usuall and I think I never
travelld a hundred and Sixty Three Miles
with more Pleasure and to find the object
of All my Wishes so much better than I
expected has made me the happiest the
happiest man who before was the most
miserable. Poor little Peers came a day before
me, which I was ^glad^ to find as I^m^ sure it will
contribute to the Dear little womans Recovery,
poor Nanny Js actually better for Her
Journey, tho she mett with Various Accidents
on the Road Her own Limbs all safe, but Her
chaise legs not one to stand on.
    desire Gates to be the Receivour Generall
all my letters at send them under Cover directed
      new page
to mr Keck at mrs Gilberts at clifton
Hott Wells
    Bristol.
order every matter directed to me to be putt
into my bed Room, And don't think your_self [across line boundary]
obliged to answer questions that may
be asked (tho perhaps I may be mistaken
in that Enquiry. Let me know also the
result of your Com~ission wi^t^h sr George,
and as you know I love to hear how harvest
goes on (tho in the Whole not very Anxious
about it) each Answer of yours give Us a
touch. and if you recollect any Persons We
have forgott to putt down for Venison order it
to be kill'd. Im quite well and as ready for
Another Flight. and am
    Yr Oblig'd Friend
    P Legh
clifton
29' Iul{*} 78

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1778

mr. Orford
Lyme nr. Dissley
Cheshire
Free
Keck
[Postmarked Bristol]
[Accounts in different hand omitted]

[Across in different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master's Letter
Bristol Augt. 2. 1778
      new page
orford
    I received your letter this day, And
am happy to tell you poor mrs Keck has
received All the Benefitt from this Place we
could wish or Desire, insomuch that we
we propose to leave this Place and go to
weymouth on the Ninth of ys Month,
observe a letter is Seven dayes in comeing,
direct to me under a Cover to mr Keck
to be left at the Post Office at Weymouth
(till called for)
    Im perfectly well and
you may depend upon duely hearing
from Me till I see you, and I hope (but
not sure) to bring Bag and bagage with
me.
    I am
    your oblig'd Friend
    P Legh
Bristol
2 Aug{*} 1778

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1778

orford
    The Post to this place is a Week in
its Passage which occasions me to write
more frequently than otherwise I wou'd.
    These Waters have done Wonders for
poor mrs Keck who is gott as well as a
Well as a well wisher woude desire Her.
    our intentions of setting for
Weymouth on monday next stands good
(and if Any out of Curiosity) enquire after
Us know as little as you can.
    when mrs Keck has finis'd at
Weymouth shel return to staughton
and after settling all her matters there
will come to Lyme and bring with Her
your Play Fellow George.
      new page
In my last I desir'd what_ever Bills you
send me to Weymouth let Them be
Banks or Bills on the Banker, and which_ever [across line break]
They are be carefull to take
their number.
    At preesent I propose to come %to
Lyme when mrs Keck setts out for staughton
    I %shall Expect in Your. next to
hear All Hay is in, and from Haydock
All mucking over. Jm perfectly well
and
    Your Obliged Friend
    P Legh
Bristol
4 aug' 1778
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
Masr.
Bristol Augt. 4. 1778

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1778

orford
    I had your Pakett this morning
and am glad to hear nothing Materiall
has happen'd since I left Lyme.
the little inconvenience we we have
sustain'd in bringing up the Materials
of the Engine are quite Trifleing considring
the great danger of the Work.
    The answer you have given
to mr Taylor is perfectly right.
    We are all well here Except
myself, who has catched a bad Cold
by which means J am very hoarse, but
I thank God the Waters have done
every_thing for my Dear mrs Keck
      new page
however on Monday we shall go
to Weymouth for a little Sea Bathing
which I hope in God will Effect in poor
mrs Keck a stock of health she has long
been a stranger to. Letters are never
less than Six dayes on the Road which
makes a fortnight backwards and forwards
    here such a Seasonable Sum~er
for all the Fruits of the Earth never
came from Heaven, but you'l be surpriz'd
to hear the Curl'd Potatoes have found
Their Way to the West in ten times
the quantity you have seen in cheshire
or Lancashire. Tell poor Gates
the fruit he sent to mrs Keck was
      new page
the finest that ever was seen here
and a little must be added to my Care
as well as his pakeing there was
not a single thing Bruised.
    As our Meadows languish now
for Horse Muck, we must (for ys year)
bespeake Gates's generosity (who by the
by is Ever good in that particular)
and I do desire it may be im~ediatly
laid on whatever Meadow is cleard,
it must be the stable meadow for
that above the house has lately had
a good Covering (uncless where the
Potatoes have been gott %and We have as
intended alterd the Nature of the Press
      new page
give it a little Dung and it will never
forgett it.
    you don't mention mrs Barber
so conclude she's no Worse.
    J am
    Yr Oblig'd Friend
    P Legh

Bristol
5t Aug' 1778

[Across in different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master's Letter
Bristol Aug{*}. 5. 1778

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1778

[Direction in different hand]
mr. Orford
Lyme nr. Dissley
Cheshire
Free
Keck
[Postmarked Bristol]

[Upside down in different hand, probably Orford's]
My Master's Letter
Bristol Augt. 9. 78
      new page
orford
    I had your Epistle ys day, and
have it in my power to say fully I
never see mrs Keck better. However to_morrow [across line break]
We go to Weymouth where
I trust poor mrs Kecks health will be
confirm'd, the instant we reach there
you shall hear from Me, my Own
Cold and Hoarsness has left Me
entirely. at Haydock and Lyme
your Hay havest is as forward
[and changed to] a{**} here, and Grimshaw writes
me word Waterworths Meadow
has ys year turn'd out 21 large
Loads of Excellent Hay, The last Year
was but 12, 2 large Rick of Clove,
and 3 large Ricks of Hay in the
      new page
Stack Yard, I now conclude J may
never want Hay at Haydock again.
    our Pointon neighbo{*}ur is
sure very Uncertain, however see him
as soon as he arrives.
    as They go on with ye Engine
order henry Richardson Every now
and then to acquaint Me how They
go on.
    J am
    Yr much Oblig'd Friend
    P Legh
Bristol [In different hand] Augt. 9th
    78

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1778

[Direction in different hand]
mr. Orford
Lyme nr. Dissley
Cheshire
Free
Keck
[Postmarked Weymouth]

[Upside down in different hand, probably Orford's]
My Masrs. Letter
Weymouth 17 Augt. 1778
      new page
orford
    I had your letter in Reguler
Time, enclosed in it Five Bills
or mr Birchill (20 each) for which
I have here enclos'd a Receipt.
    Amazeing is the Benefit
poor mrs Keck has Received at this
at this [rubbed out?] Place, But observe This I shall
never again be So Alarmed at
Reports. Im glad to hear of a quiet
house and good Harvest, And
dont forgett to Jssue out orders
that will preevent All Carts and Hors^es^
comeing on the Gravell Walks in
the Turf House meadow.
      new page
as You do mention poor mrs Barber
I hope she still lives. From ys place
mrs Keck returns to staughton
sends Peers to his School appointment
and then with young Iokey George
to the stag Hunt at Lyme.
    as soon as I can come at
how long They Stay here that
moment you shall know,
Nanny and I shall come the nearest
way home, and I do think We Both
wish to be at home (if we durst say so)
    you've seen sr George before you
Receive this I am
    Yr much Oblig'd Friend
    P Legh
Weymouth
17{*} Aug~t 1778

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1778

orford
    The enclosd I received
this morning, the contents of
which I know nought of, but
a little enquiry will sett that matter
streight. I can with great Truth
say mrs Keck is perfectly restor'd
and I do not care how soon I
leave ys place but be assurd you
shall hear from Me whenever this
party come to determination.
    In a profound Calm youl be
brought to hear Well, a circumstance
I stand in need of Im quite well
and Your Obliged Friend
    P Legh
weymouth 20 Aug
      new page
Weymouth 20 Augt 78
My Mastrs. Letter

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1778

orford
    This morning I received your
letter and made happy to tell you
poor mrs Keick is in her health
perfectly ^restord^ and the instant I can
collect their Jntentions to leave ys
place that moment you shall know.
    I have Enclos'd you a letter from
young mr master full of doubts
still I feel Grievously for Them
as All craft from the West Indias
are arrived safe at Bristol and
Liverpoole and no Tideings of
the old Gentleman; Tho in your
Parts you have had such Incessant
      new page
bad Weather We are here quite burned up
nor have I seen a drop of Rain since We
have been here
    I am, and all the rest
perfectly well.
    If you could purchase
A Hogshead of Sweet Herefordshire Cyder
it wou'd please a Leicester youth not
easy to be pleasd. you shall hear from
me Every Week
    J am
    Yr Oblig'd Friend
    P Legh
Weymouth
22 Aug{*} 1778
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
Weymouth 22 Augt. 1778
My Masters Letter

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1778

[Direction in different hand]
By Buxton
mr. Orford
Lyme nr. Dissley
Cheshire
Free
Keck
[Postmarked Weymouth]

[Upside down in different hand, probably Orford's]
Weymouth 24 Augt 78
My Masters Letter
      new page
orford
    This ^day^ Im given to Understand
that mrs Keck and Co propose to
leave ys place on this day Fortning^ht^
and I have made a Resolution, that
Inflam~atory letters out of Leicestershire
shall never again disturbe my Mind,
I found mrs Keck Well and she has
actually been ever since as well as
I ever rember Her, They go from
hence to staughton before They
sett out for Lyme, and I by the Grace
of God for Lyme im~ediatly, haveing
taken in as much Travel as shall
last me my life. I had a letter from
young mr Gwillym giveing Me an
Account of his Fathers Death, Observe
      new page
this pay no Payment on Old Gwillyms
account till I see you.
    I am perfectly well but
Griveously tired of my Voyage
    yr Oblig'd Friend
    P Legh
Weymouth
Monday 24{*} aug{*} 1778

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1778

orford
    This morning I received Two
letters from you and glad I am to hear
so good accounts of our husbandry at
Lyme and Haydock. I am glad you
have seen Sr G Warren and I much
approve the thought of turning the
shop and House, into a %poorHouse,
I wish S G cou'd as easily settle with
the Stockport Charterers, for as the
Sword is drawn the Lawyers will
let Them blood. Im cursedly tired
of this Place and to my Comfort have
been told this day Sennight we shall
leave this Place so you need write
no more and I do assure you I shall
think it long before I see You, but be
assurd if ever I go from Home again
      new page
it shall be for a better Reason, mrs Kick is
right hearty, and I dare say will follow us to
Lyme perfectly so. Further Remittances I
do not want, nor do I desire ever to %take so
Expensive journey again. We come by Bath
and as we proceede you shall hear from Me.
    Im perfectly but not in as good humour
as Ever I was in My life. and am
    yr much Oblige'd Friend
    P Legh
Weymouth
Saturday 29{*} Aug{*} 1778
      new page
Weymouth 29 Augt: 78
Masters Letter

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1778

[Direction in different hand]
By London
mr. Orford
Lyme nr. Dissley
Cheshire
Free
Keck
[Postmarked Weymouth and Buxton]
      new page
orford
    my Sick Guests are now come
to a Resolution to leave ys amiable
place on Sunday next and go to Bath
that Evening where We shall stay
that Night, and then God willing
the next Morn' mrs Ann Legh and
and myself will go off for Lyme with
a Steadfast Resolution made by
myself neither to be hereafter ever
amused or terrified into a journey
again, In truth I have had Experience
sufficient to avoid it, but from hence forward
I will not Sin against Myself in the
same way. on Receipt of this
order our Rooms to be gott ready
      new page
so far was wrote before I received your
letter ys morning.
    we are now come to a certainty
as to our Removal Nanny and I shall
sett out from Bath on Tuesday
and reach Leeke the day after, soon
receipt of ys send My Coach Horses
to be at Leeke on Wensday Evening
    Not a drop of Rain here yet and
scarce appearance of Grass.

3{*} Sep 1778
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Weymouth Sepr. 3. 1778
My Master's Letter
N.B. It did not come to
Lyme till Sunday 13. Inst

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
UNDATED

To
Mr R' orford
At Lyme near Dissley
cheshire
By manchester
[Postmarked Warrington]
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orfor'd
    Enclos'd is mr Edens Bill
for mrs Leghs Gout chair which
send to adlington as soon as
you receive it.
    Let me hear how the
Sinkers go on at norbury, and
be particular how sr George proceeds
in His Cutt and Tunnell.
    Yr Oblig'd Friend
    P Legh
Haydock
Tuesday

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
UNDATED

orford
    I had your letter by the Coverd Cart and
am sorry to hear sr %G has quitted his ground at the
day day of Battell, it will be a means to make the
Republicans rise on Their Demands.
    If Dr Thomson is gone to chester to
appear against a man who has stole the Horse he
bought of mr T Legh when last here I think he
deserves to be hanged Himself for a fool, for was
I on the Iury I woud not find the Bill.
    we have had here Rain to_day, and no
little Hail,, our cow yard is ready to Cover in
and very farantly it looks.
    By a great Majority spakeman is
chose Constable of new ever night damned
fond of the office next morn' as full of
Repentance.
    nought New since you left Us
    I am
    Yr Obliged Friend
    P Legh
Friday

author LEGH PETER THE YOUNGER
1778

To
R' Orford
Haydock
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Richard
    Since you left Lyme
I have not receiv'd a single line
from Any_One, The enclos'd from
my Sister I received this morning
which We must attend to,
and I hope without Inconvenience
    By ys you'l have near
fiinishd in Lancashire and
can fix your return.
    I am
    Your Oblig'd Friend
Lyme Monday, P Legh

author LEGH PEERS [Filed as Piers]
1767

To
M~r, Richd, Orford —
Lyme
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        Haydock 4 Jan{*}y 1767
My Ld,

    For fear you should not have Heard
from Nick: Starkie, that we should be glad
you would be at Handcocks on Wednessday
Morning, and likewise M~r Barber —
    I dare say M~r Starkie has wrote, I hear you
are for Derbyshire on Tuesday, if you Can
put it of will do well am in haste
    Yours, and Barbers,
    Peers Legh

author LEGH PEERS
UNDATED

To
M~r, Orford —
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M~r Orford Tuesday —
    I have just receivd yours, will
take Care porter has yours this Evening
I propose being amongst your Hills
the beginning of next week am in haste
your —
    Friend & Servt
    Peers Legh
I am sorry to hear of
poor Newhouse's misfortune
my Brother writs me he has had
the Misfortue, to Cruse his Foot, he
is hopes will do well —

author LEGH THOMAS [PETER]
1778

mr.. Orford
Lyme
[Postmarked Warrington]
[Accounts in different hand omitted]
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Iohn Radcleiff has ^been^ at %me to give mr. Stuard a line
about a little Field behind his house, which he
wants to get into his hands as it lies so Convenient,
it is now in the hands of my old Gardene^r^
who I hear will quitt his farm. if [letter crossed out] you Can
assist Radcleiff do, as he is always ready to do
anything for me — you will see me in yr part
of the world as soon as I hear the family are
return'd —
    From
    yrs very respectfully
    Thos- Legh
Golbourne Parkes Augt 29th 78 —

author LEGH THOMAS [PETER]
1789

Mr Orford
Lyme
Stockport
[Postmarked Warrington]
newton
april twelfth
1789
T: Legh
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King Alfred
    Hope in this Providence has Bless'd you with Affuence,
and that you can assist the poor and
neendy, for ^a^ Southern Journey Journey, I mean
to set Sail in a %week or ten %days, the spirit
willg but the flesh weak, is my motta, or I shd
have attend'd my duty in Parliament before
this,
    Am
    yrs with true respect &c
    yrs T: Legh

author LEGH THOMAS [PETER]
1789

Mr. Orford
Lyme
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I recd. the needful safe, you high bred Cattle
must suffer thro' keep, instead of that strong
Beer, drink small as I do, I was really fear_ful [across line break]
I shd. have had the Ague the other %day
    Am
    yrs with true respect &c
    T: Legh

Sunday-Eveng
[In different hand, probably Orford's] 17 May 1789

author LEGH THOMAS [PETER]
1790

Mr. R: Orford
Lyme
Stockport

newton
Septembr.
thirtieth
1790
T: Legh
[Postmarked Warrington]
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Pr. this day's post I have wrote to my Uncle for
a Young Stag for Lord Derby, I have recd- so
many Civilities from him that ^it^ wou'd give me
pleasure to oblige him, As soon as You have
heard my Uncles answer will You give me
a %line, Jackson say's it will be impossble
for him to kill eight brace of Partridges
pr. week, unless he must take root and
branch for one Young bird he kills
four old ones, this season was so very wet
that they were destroy'd as last years, I was
extremely ^sorry^ to hear of poor Barbers death at
Stockport, the poor old Revd. wou'd take
it deeply to heart, my respts. to him
    yrs truely T: Legh

author LEGH THOMAS [PETER]
UNDATED

Mr. Orford
Lyme
Stockport
Cheshire
[Postmarked Warrington]
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mr. Orford —
    Shall be much obliged to you, to do
a little businss for me in yr neighbourhood —
Which is receive Twenty four Guineas of Thos Taylor
he has used me exceedly ill, I've Wait'd for two
months, and neither heard from him nor recd. any
horse, so was obliged to buy one of yr. Brother —
you'll be pleased to be speedy in point of getting
the money, as Gwillym informs me he has never paid
him sixpence for the Horses he bought from him
and is going to Arrest him immediately, so if we
Come the day aft^t^er the fair. God knows when I shall
be able to get it, let me hear from you — from yrs very
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respectfully
    Thos. Legh

Golbourne Parkes Wednesday Eveng.

author LEGH THOMAS [PETER]
UNDATED

Mr. Orford
Lyme
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    Thankes to you for yr letter, I hope my poor
old Aunt is happy, her sufferg in this
world I trust will be a %good recommendation
into the next — in the situation she
has been in of late, her life Cou'd scarce_ly [across line break]
be wish'd for, I am truely sorry for
my Cousin, who' I dare say is in great
affliction, Please to make my duty
&c — to my Uncle and Aunt —
    am
    very respectfully yrs—
    T: Legh
Friday morng

author LEIGH HOLT
1772

To
mr. Orford
at Lyme
near Disley
Cheshire
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        Wigan 19 Iune 1772.
Sr.

    mr.. Critchley's Conveyances of
Edge Green Estate are now ready for
Execution, only the place of Residence of mr.
master is left a Blank, which I desire you
will enable me to fill up, and to Inform
me where mr. master will be pleased to
attend to receive his money and Execute
the Deeds — If he is in London my Brother
may wait upon him there and J can send up
Draughts thither, if he chooses them, rather ^than^ the
Cash, to be paid into your hands — mr. Critchley
Says there is a chief rent due to Sr. Thomas
Gerard; If so, J beg to know what it is and am
    Sr. yr Hble Servant
    Holt %Leigh

author LEIGH HOLT
1772

To
mr. Richard Orford
at
Haydock Lodge
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        wigan 18 Iuly 1772.
Dr. Sir

    I am sorry I cannot spare my
Clerk to meet you on monday;
He is to go to ormskirk Sessions on
that and the following Days to
Jnroll some Deeds which he %is a
witness to and which must %be
done at the Sessions but %he shall
meet you on the Saturday following
being this Day Sevenight at
Darcy Lever (which lyes near
Ballon and belongs to Mrs. Ias.
Bradshaw and not to Mr— Lever)
    J %am Dr. Sr. yr Hble Servt.
    Holt %Leigh

author LEIGH HUGH HINDLEY
1777

        Liverpool 14th: Jany: 1777
Sir

    I receiv'd your favor this morning, Inclosing three
Bills on this place for 63..13{*} and your own drft for
36..4{*} the latter is plac'd to the Cr: of Mr: Leghs Accot: the
Bill drawn by Mather on Mercer for 8— being due I sent
it for payment and receiv'd for answer that it wou'd
not be paid as yet the drawers being in Town I desir'd
to know if they wou'd take it up, and the answer I
got was, that they wou'd have nothing to say too it,
I therefore thought it necessary to have it Protested wch
I have got done & herewith return it to you, Mr: Kent
told my Clerk that he shou'd give me a Bill at two
Months for the drfts on him when they became due
if this is the sort of payment you expected, I am satisfy'd
but it is not the usual way of discharging drafts, I shall
be much oblig'd to you if you will let me know how
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you wou'd have me act, and am
    Sr:
    your very Hh~ble Servt:
    Hugh Hindley Leigh

author LEIGH JAMES
1762

To
Mr: Richard Orford
at Lyme-hall
Cheshire

[In different hand, probably Orford's]
Mr. Ra %Leigh and
his Sons 3 Letters
wth. a Bill J %return'd
by the Cart —
recd Decr. 9. 62
Ans. Do

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Mr: Richd: Orford        Golborne 6th: Decr. 1762
Sr
    I herein inclose you a London Bill Value Fifty pounds
please to send your receipt for it by the man who comes with
the next Cart to Haydock — I wou'd have sent Cash but it's
not to be had here at this time without a large premm: & very
Little Cash is to be had even with that — perhaps Sr. P: Leicesr.
may take ye Bill if not you'll possibly Get Cash for it at Stockpt
or elsewhere where you may deal for Artickles for the family
    J am Sr. for Father yr- Obt. Servt.
    Iames Leigh

author LEIGH JAMES
1770

Mr- Orford        Manchester 4th: May 1770
Dr: Sir
    If you can conveniently help me with the Cash you mentd:,
please to order it to my Warehouse here, you may depend of
haveing it again at Whatever time you fix & am Yr- most
    Obt. Hble Servt:
    James Leigh

[Accounts in different hand on other side of paper omitted]

author LEIGH JAMES
1771

To
Mr- Richd: Orford
at Lyme-Hall near
Dissley
Cheshire
(Via Manchester)
[Postmarked Warrington]
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        Golborne near Warrington 23d March 1771
Dr. Sir
    As J expect every day to be call'd upon to advance our Share
for building and finishing of the New flat, request you'll favour
me with 40 upon yt: Acct- which I imagine will be about ye: Whole
of your part with what you gave me before — and if in
about three Weeks you cou'd spare us one or Two hundred pounds
for about Six Weeks or Two Months wou'd be serviceable to us &
you may depend of haveing it again at ye: time — if you
have not Bills, suppose you send me ye Cash to my Warehouse in
Manchester — J am Dr: Sr: yr: real friend & Most Obt. Hble
    Servt:
    James Leigh

author LEIGH JAMES
1771

To
Mr— Richd- Orford
at
Lyme Hall
near
Disley
Cheshire
[Postmarked Manchester]
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Mr- Richd: Orford        Golborne 25th: April 1771
Dr: Sr:
    J am inform'd that Gilbert Heys of this Town is dead, Who was
ye: only Life in a Cottage which he lived in — And one of his Sons requested
me to write to you to desire you wou'd not let it ^or promise it^ till he had
seen you, Which he purpos'd to do at Newton May fair I am Sr:
    Very respectfully yr- Most Obt: Hble Servt:
    Iames Leigh

author LEIGH JAMES
1771

To
Mr- Richard Orford
at
Lyme Hall
near
Disley
Cheshire
(P~ Manchester)
[Postmarked Warrington]
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Mr— Richd: Orford        Golborne near Warrington 15th: Iune 1771 —
Dr— Sir
    As J remember, you observ'd the Money I borrow'd on my Note
wou'd be wanted again ye: latter End of this Month — Therefore I request
you'll advise me by return of post if Bills will be agreeable, with
a proper allowance, if not, wether I must send you the Cash to your
house or Lyme, or that you can ^fix^ a day for some friend of your's to
call for it at my Warehouse in Manchester, & it shall be ready —
if you cannot conveniently do that, will send a person over with it
from Manchester, to the time you fix, as I wou'd not willingly disapoint
so obligeing a friend — I wait your Answer & am Dr- Sr.
    Yr: Most Obt. & Obliged Hble Servt. —
    Iames Leigh

author LEIGH JAMES
1771

To
Mr- Richd- Orford
at
Lyme-Hall
near Disley
Cheshire
[Postmarked Manchester]

[Notes in different hand omitted]
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Mr- Orford        Manchester 6th: Iuly 1771
Dr- Sir
    J beg ye: Favour of you on receipt of this to give my Compts:
to Mr: Legh & desire him to direct & frank me a dozen or
two of Covers, For Mesrs: Slack & White in London, I have
not one frank by me therefore I beg you'll get 'em done &
Sent here to my Warehouse as soon as possible, I sent a Letter
with Bills yesterday Cost me 4s/8d for want of a Frank, therefore
you see how usefull they are to us & must beg of you
to be my friend for 2 dozen J am Dr- Sr- yr- Most Obt: Hble
    Servt — James Leigh

author LEIGH JAMES
1772

To
Mr- Richd- Orford
at
Newton Court

[Accounts in different hand omitted]
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Mr. Orford        Golborne 30th: April 1772
Sir
    As J have perticular Business that cou'd not omit doing I must
desire you'll excuse my not waiting on you this day agreeable to promise,
I have inclos'd Joseph Unsworth's Letter, and as J cannot attend, shall be complying
with whatever other of my principal Townsmen think necessary to be
done in ye Affair — In regard to ye- old Widow, wou'd be a very hard Case
to exact a rent from her When she is intitled from her Husband's Will to her
Thirds of the Whole, and tho' a Lease I suppose is granted from Mr: Legh without
specifying that nothing therein contain'd shou'd prejudice the Interest of
the Widow, yet in justice she sho'd not be depriv'd of her just due —
Jf you don't get it settled this day Suppose you advise a Town's Meeting to
be call'd & publish'd next Sunday for some night in that Week — I beleive the
Town in general are against him being admitted Tennant as they're a family
which is not desireable, & they or their relations have put the Town to much
Charge & trouble, & are recon'd indifferent Neighbours —
    Thomas Pimbley told me he had no Objection to accepting of the Bargain
at the price Unsworth is to give, & J cou'd wish he had it, Suppose you
ask him the Question — But Whoever is admitted I hope you'll take Care
for ye- Widow her Life, & suffer no Admittance Without the purchaser
assureing ye- Town from under his hand that she may enjoy the Cottage ^wherein She now lives^
peaceably and quietly rent free during her Life
    J am Yr. Most Obt. Hble Servt
    Iames Leigh

author LEIGH JAMES
1772

To
Mr- Richd- Orford
at
Lyme Hall near
Disley
Cheshire
(Via Manchester)
[Postmarked Warrington]
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Mr- Orford        Golborne 29th: May 1772
Dr- Sr:
    The Offices of Overseer of ye- poor & Constable this year Came upon the Tenement
call'd Woodworth's in this Town, which is rented by Thomas Pimbley under Mr: Legh,
& who has this year and next unexspired of his Lease, and as there is a Tennant
now upon the said Tenement who is old, & ye. Town cou'd not oblige to serve the
said offices, Thos. Pimbley was apply'd too to hire a person to serve or do it himself
but he refus'd both — it appears to me he wants to Shuffle of these Two years,
and then if you have another Tennant the Offices will fall upon him which
wou'd be very ^w^rong as Thos. Pimbley ought to take it in fair Neighbour Turn —
upon his refuseing to serve or hireing one, J perswaded the Townsmen to hire one, & J
Promis'd J wou'd acquaint you of Pimbley's Proceeding, & endeavour to prevail with
you to bring him over to pay for serving it — if he wants a Fresh Take or a
L{**}se of ye. Tenement, I request you will stand the Town's friend, & oblige him to
{*...} [torn off] hired officer (which is Three pounds) before you treat with him or get him
a Lease granted of ye. Farm, as it's very just and right that he sho'd pay it —
if you don't agree with Pimbley again for this Farm, my Neighbour Iohn Orford desir'd
J wou'd advise you that he is inclin'd to Lease it for Lives if can agree upon
Terms, & requests he may have the preference next after the present Tennant Thos
Pimbley — J hope these will find you & yr: family Enjoying good health as J
at present do & am yr- Most obt- Hble Servt
    Iames Leigh

author LEIGH JAMES
1772

To
Mr- Richd- Orford
at Lyme Hall near
Dissley
Cheshire
(Via Manchester)
[Postmarked Warrington]
[Notes in different hands omitted]
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        Golborne 28th- Iune 1772
Dr. Sir
    As I don't know wether Mr- Legh is at Lyme or some other
place, I herewith trouble you with a Letter for him which desire you'll
direct & forward him the very first post, as I have desired him to write to
Mr- Bagot one of ye. Comsrs—, for by a Letter I recd. from Mr. Russell last friday,
J find ye- Comsrs- are not inclin'd to Shew my Bror- ye- least favour.
    You'll please to excuse this trouble which will Very
    much oblige yr: Most Obt- Hble Servt
    Iames Leigh

author LEIGH JAMES
1772

To
Mr- Richd- Orford
at
Lyme Hall near
Dissley
Cheshire
(Via Manchester)
[Postmarked Warrington]
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Mr- Orford        Golborne near Warrington 20th: Augt- 1772
Dr- Sr-
    J ask'd Mr- Harry Richardson if he had seen any Covers that Mr: Keck
had frank'd for me, & he observ'd he had not, Which makes me suspect that
his Servant did not give them him, as yesterday I found he had directed some
for persons in Warrington — Now this is to request you to ask Mr- Keck's Servant
if he got them done or not, if not, I beg you will get me 2 dozn- directed as [word crossed out]
undermention'd, & send them to my Warehouse in Manchester, & you'll Very much
    Oblige Dr- Sr- yr: Most Obt- Hble Servt
    Iames Leigh
1 dozn — For Leigh's & Darwell
    Manchester —
1 dozn — For Slack & White
    London —

author LEIGH JAMES
1774

To
Mr- Richard Orford
at — Lyme Hall near
Disley
Cheshire
(Via Manchester)
[Postmarked Warrington?]
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Mr- Orford        Golborne 24th- May 1774 —
Dr- Sr-
    I and Mr- Rigg have examin'd ye- Supervizors Acct- to know if
any Leys have been collected seperately for ye- New roads since the
year 1770, & find there has not — for since then The repairs of the
roads have been thrown together, therefore the inclos'd paper is
right & Contains all the Leys paid on yt- Acct- I am yr. Most Obt
    Hble Servt-
    Iames Leigh

author LEIGH JAMES
1777

Mr. Richd- Orford
Lyme —

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        Golborne 25th- Sepr- 1777
Sir
    Last night J receiv'd your Letter, & agreeable to Mr- Legh's
desire J attended the Vestry Meeting this forenoon at St- Hellen's
Chapel — there was only Seven or Eight interested persons met
Mr- Case of Liverpool, who came there in behalf of Mrs
Clayton — And the Objection advanc'd, for not haveing an Equal
Assessment levied from the Owners of ye- Seats for repairs of ye.
Chapel, was, yt- Mrs. Clayton's Mother bequeath'd either the
Jnterest of 100, or 4 P~ Annm. for [corrected] the repairs of the old Chapel,
Since then ye- old Chapel has been taken down, & a New one
Built with Money rais'd by Subscription & Sale of the
Seats — Mr- Case Produc'd an Acct- of ye- Money rais'd by ye.
aforesaid Means, & ye- Disbursements, wherein it appears Mrs
Clayton is 136 odd out of pocket upon the Balance, &
she expects she should not be call'd upon for ye. Jnterest of ye.
100, or 4- P~ Annm- (wether it is) left by her Mother, so long as
ye. Ballce- of 136 odd is unpaid her — Mr- Case insists upon [corrected] it
that ye- Statute of Mortmain frees her from her Mother's Bequest,
tho' He says she is Willing to relinquish her Claim of
ye- 136 odd in order to fullfill her Mother's Will — Upon Mr.
Case thus representing ye- Matter, it was concluded on that Mr.
Ellam of Sutton, & Mr- Thos- Greenall of St- Hellen's should call
on Mrs- Clayton next Week When Mr- Case Engag'd they shou'd see
that part of ye- Will which gives ye- ^Jnterest of^ 100 or 4 P~ year Aforesaid,
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& ye date thereof, in order to satisfie them or any others upon Inquirey Wether the Statute of Mortmain did
not disannull such Claim from Mrs- Clayton — If so, it's agreed by the few present that an Assessment
be collected from Every Owner of Seats there to repair ye. said Chapel — The present Estimation of repairs
necessarily Wanted is about 8-0s~-0d — & An Asessment of four Shillings for a double Seat, & Two Shillgs-
for a single Seat, is computed to raise Above 10-0s~-0d, towards raising which Mr- Legh's share Will
be three Shillings for a Single Seat enjoy'd to Laffock, & half of a single Seat Enjoy'd to (formerly)
Lamb's in Haydock — Less then Fifty ^Shillings^ P~ Annm- is Computed to keep ye- Chapel in repair for some years
after — With ye- rest Present J agreed in behalf of Mr- Legh, & Mr- Haigh agreed in behalf of Miss Bold
    J am With due respects to Mr- Legh & Family yr- Hble Servt
    James Leigh —
P:S: Mr- Legh is not farther interested in ye- Chapel
but for ye- Single Seat to Laffock, & half of one
to Lamb's
P:S: J desired to see ye. Decree or Faculty for takeing down & rebuilding ye. Chapel, to see if no Provision
was there made for repairs, But Mr- Case had it not with him, & assured ye- Company there was no
Provision made by it —

author LEIGH JAMES
1778

To
Mr- Richd- Orford
Steward at
Lyme Hall
Cheshire

[Accounts in different hand omitted]
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        Manchester 27th- Octr. 1778 —
Dear Sir
    a Servant of Mr- Keck's call'd at ye. Warehouse
here this day & shew'd me a Thickset Waistcoat ye- Couler
of his Livery's, & if you'll be pleas'd to give Mr- Darwell
a Line what Quantity Mr. Keck Wants he will forward
it to Lyme — & if you send an Order for Mr. Legh's
Livery's please to send a pattn., Also a pattn. of ye. Web
& Quantity wanted — & request you'll Prevail with Mr-
Keck to frank my Cover's & Send Em' here, & you'll Very
much oblige Dr. Sr. yr- Most Obt- Hble Servt
    Jas. Leigh —

author LEIGH JAMES
1779

To
Mr. Richd- Orford
at
Newton Court
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        Golborne 21st. Octr- 1779 —
Dear Sir
    Last Tuesday we buried poor Bror. Richd-, who was taken
from us rather suddenly, & on yt. Acct-, request you to excuse
my Attendance at Court — J have given directions to Samuel
Pimbley to give Notice to ye- sundrey persons put down on
your inclos'd Letter to meet you next Friday Morning by 9 a
Clock at Edge Green to walk the Boundaries, Also J have sent
to many of this Town's Men to wait upon you — Thos. Billinge
& James Gardner did not quite agree in their Sentiments to settle
the Diffirence betwixt Dumbell & Houghton, But agreed to Chuse
me Umpire (a Business J much dislike) accordingly J met
them at Newton & Examin'd the Witnesses, Whose depositions you'll
See upon a paper now inclos'd you, Also have inclos'd you the
paper containing Billinge & Gardner opinions sign'd by them —
J have you'll find under ye- Arbitration Articles made my Award
& inclos'd it — & be pleas'd to Com~unicate the Contents to the Parties
Jf it does suit your Convenience to let me have the other 50
this Week in Cash or Bills shall be oblig'd, as am poor, for really
we never were so ill paid — J am with Compts. to Mr. Cooke and all
Enquireing friends Dr. Sr. yr. real Wellwisher & Hble Servt
    Jas. Leigh
P.S. J think Mr. Legh shou'd pay his part
for ye- Erection of the Wash, for his Landed Jnterest in ye. Leaseho{**} [torn off]
Premisses —

author LEIGH JAMES
1782

To
Mr. Richd- Orford
at — Lyme Hall — near
Disley
Cheshire
(Via Manchester)
[Postmarked Warrington]
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        Golborne near Warrington 20th. Octr. 1782
Dear Sir
    Mr. Darwell writes me yesterday that Newton Court
is Tuesday the 29th. Inst. — I shall go to Manchester
on ye. day before & return that day, & J
request you to make it Convenient to Come to my
house on the Wednesday Morning to look over
J. Worsley & J Wright Accts — & J will have them so
Prepared ready as I expect we can determine
the Matter in dispute in 3 or 4 Hours — They are
in Bonds till Xmas day, but I expect & hope the
time now fix'd will suit you & yt- we can make
an End — Pray send me a Line here adviseing
if the day J have fix'd will Suit or not —
    & am Dr. Sr. yr- Most Hble Servt
    Iames Leigh —

author LEIGH JAMES
1783

To
Mr. Richd: Orford
at
Haydock-Lodge
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        Golborne 24th. Sepr- 1783 —
Dear Sir
    I have sent you inclos'd Six Bills value 130.2s~.6d,
in Lieu of one Bill of the same value Which you
sent me on Monday last when J was gone to Manchester,
& am yr- Obt- Hble Servt. —
    Iames Leigh —

author LEIGH JAMES
1783

To
Mr. Richd. Orford
Steward at
Lyme Hall
      new page
        Golborne 25th. Decr. 1783 —
Dear Sir
    About Ten days ago Sister Richd. & J met Mr- Grimshaw
at Newton to view the repairs yt. will be wanted, When
the Bearer John Ashton said you had promis'd him the
Assembly room, & he propos'd to remove into it if
you be pleas'd to make it habitable, & wou'd flit any-
time into it when made ready — The one side of Barn
is timber & if taken down & Wall'd up Timber w(*...} [torn off]
be had out of it that wou'd pay all the Expence, {*...} [torn off]
you don't chuse to do that, it might be Latt & ploister'd,
the other side wall wou'd need but little repair, & He
desires to have the Room twin'd with Brick (& no floor)
yt. one part may be a house to live in, another Apartment
for his Carding Engine & Spinning Ienny, & the
other for his Bed Chamber — The Expence will be chiefly
Brick & Lime, Workmanship not much — J shall
be very much oblig'd if Mr- Legh or you consents to make
him these Alterations, for really the poor Fellow J think
does not know where to go, & what to do if this is deny'd,
& it will be a very great disapointment to Sister if
he is not out before May yt. the repairs may be done
[Along side of paper]
for her, therefore I beg you to be his & her friend, &
shall be happy to make a suitable return when oppertunity
offers & am Dr. Sir yr. most Hble Servt — Iames Leigh —
P.S. please to accept the Compts.
of the Season to You & Your's

author LEIGH JAMES
1784

To
Mr. Richd. Orford
at
Haydock-Lodge
      new page
        Golborne 19th. Feby. 1784
Dear Sir
    Last night J forgot to ask you if Iohn Ashton had
waited upon you with a Letter from me respecting his Leaving
the old George some Weeks before May, that the necessary
repairs may be done before my Sister in Law Enters, otherwise
she will be very greatly incommoded — Mr. Grimshaw
& J were with him at Newton a little time before Xmas,
when he propos'd to us that he wou'd leave, When the Assembly
room was made fit to live in, which He wishes Mr- Legh
wou'd do for him, There is Timber in one side of the room Wou'd
more then pay for Brick & Work of that side, & the other
wou'd Want little, & he wou'd wish to have the room twin'd
one part to live in, another to lie in, & the other for his
{*...}ding [torn off] Engine &c — J wish now you are over that you wou'd
see Jno. Ashton, & the Assembly room, yt. he may point out
to you what he wants done, & then you to ask Mr- Legh if
he wou'd be pleas'd to do it, & if so, to order Mr. Grimshaw
to get it done next Month — J request you'll stand the
Widow's friend in bringing this about, for J think Ashton
cannot get any_where else to go into, & if this is not done,
J doubt it will be ^a^ troublesome piece of business to get him
out — I hope you got ye. Accts. sign'd at yr. comeing to Lyme,
which I forgot to ask you — & Believe me to be yr. sincere
friend & most Obt. Hble Servt — — Iames Leigh —

author LEIGH JAMES
1784

To
Mr. Richd. Orford
at
Haydock Lodge
      new page
        Golborne 23d — Feby. 1784 —
Dear Sir
    J am favour'd with your's and Two parcells of Cash
which had not time to look over, But don't doubt
finding right — J return from Manchester tomorrow
Night — Hope to see you here or at Manchester —
Jno. Ashton was with me the other day when
he shew'd me Lawyer Peters Opinion respecting his
Settlement, Which is in Newton, Jf he had liv'd in
Wigan 40 days Whilst he had the property there he
wou'd have belong'd to Wigan, But not resideing
there it gives him no Settlement there — J beg you'll
Endeavour to do what you can, as J verily believe
no One will Lett him a House, & Consequently there
is no other Chance for him yt. J can foresee but the
Assembly ^room^ — He said if he had Timber & Brick allow'd
he wou'd do it himself, But J doubt he is too
poor for to do that — I am in Haste yr. Obt. Hble Servt.
    Ias. Leigh —

author LEIGH JAMES
1785

To
Mr. Richd- Orford
at Lyme Hall
Cheshire

[Scribbles in different hand, probably Orford's, omitted]
      new page
        Golborne 25th. May 1785
Dear Sir
    I am favour'd with your's of the 23d. Jnst., & agreeable
to yr. request have now sent you inclos'd Three drafts
value One hundred pounds, Which please to Enter in Acct.
to my Credit, & debtor me with Seventy Eight pounds
Six Shillings recd. of Jno. Grice the 29th. of Last Month —
I am with Compts. to yourself & Mrs. Orford my Wife joining,
    Yr. Sincere friend, & much obligd. Hble Servt
    Iames Leigh —

author LEIGH JAMES
1785

To
Mr. Richd. Orford
at
Haydock Lodge
      new page
        Golborne 8th. Decr. 1785
Dear Sir
    I am happy to inform you that on ye. 15th. Ulto. Mr.
Chorley sent me Mr. Hughes of St. Ellens dft. for 201
drawn for the Paris Mine Compy on a good Banking
house in London, & don't doubt it's being good, J sent
it to my Bankers at Liverpool ye 22d. Ulto-, & dare say
it wou'd be sent up and Accepted — J hope you are
clear of any other, & am with much respect yr. real
    friend & most Obt. Hble Servt
    Iames Leigh —
P.S. The Balance due to you J make
thirty ^Seven^ pounds 13s/1d
    Last Friday Mr. Chorley sent me a Note requestg-
me to Lend him a Bill for 200 — But being poor
J wrote him it was inconvenient, Had J been rich
J shou'd certainly have made no Scruple of
doing it —

author LEIGH JAMES
1788

To
Mr. Richd. Orford
at
Lyme Hall
near Disley
Cheshire
[Postmarked Manchester]
      new page
        Manchester 2d. Iune 1788 —
Dear Sir
    J receiv'd the One hundred Guineas you was so obligeing
to send me, & I have recd. 25.2s~.0d for Mrs. Frith of her
Tennant Jno. Dickinson, which with 3.18s~.0d paid for Lord's
rent & poor makes 29.0s~.0d, & the 27 paid you before is 56
being ye. amount of his last year's rent, due Ladyday last,
& 15 towards the Arrears he owes her — & have inclos'd
you 4 bills value 130.2s~.0d for ye. abovesaid 105, & 25.2s~.0d
had from Dickinson — please to send me your's or Mrs
Frith's receipt for ye. rent, & will much oblige Dr. Sir
    Yrs. &c. Very respectfully —
    Iames Leigh

author LEIGH JAMES
1788

To
Mr. Richd. Orford
at
Lyme Hall
near Disley
Cheshire
(Via Manchester)
[Postmarked Warrington?]
      new page
        Lowton near Warrington 21st. Iuly 1788 —
Dear Sir
    Yesterday Shaw Allanson was at our Chapel, when I told
him that the Estate in Golborne where Chas. Merrick
lives was to Lett, and he wishes you to take it
at a yearly rent for the Use of Mr. Legh, & then
you might put in a Suitable Tennant for the
Coal Work, & fix the damages with him — He said
he wou'd speak to you about it at Newton fair,
& I Concider'd to give you a Line that you may
think of it betwixt & then, & Let me know yourself
(if I am at home) or by Shaw Allanson, if you Conclude
to rent it or not, as a promiseing Tennant has
apply'd for it, to whom J cannot say anything till
J know your determination — I am very respectfully
Yr. sincere friend, & most Obt. Hble Servt
    Iames Leigh
 

author LEIGH JAMES
1789

To
Mr. Richard Orford
at
Lyme Hall
near Disley
Cheshire
(Via Manchester)
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
        Lowton near Warrington 29th. Ianry. 1789 —
Sir
    I have to inform you of the Death of Mr. Alsopp our
late Schoolmaster, who was Interr'd at this Chapel
last Tuesday — There are severall Applications for the
School, But nothing can be done without Mr. Legh
who is the Surviving Trustee, as I find by an old
Lease he is the only Trustee left, the other Trustees which
are dead you have at Foot of this Letter —
    Myself & other Jnhabitants of this Town request you
to Consult Mr. Legh, & advise me if I shall get a
New Trust deed made, & inform me what Names he
Chuses to be inserted for Trustees in said deed —
you'll see by the Names in the old deed as at foot
that they were all Landowners in Lowton — &
I request you to Give my best respects to Mr. Legh, &
inform him, that myself & other Jnhabitants here
request he will nominate for New Trustees some of
our Town ^& Landowners thereof^ with his Nepw. T. Legh Esqr., as they are most
likely to appoint a ^usefull^ Master to please the Inhabitants
at large — please to Write me Mr. Legh's Sentiments on
this business as soon as possible to avoid delay, as no
Schoolmaster can be appointed without Mr. Legh, Who
I have not a doubt but will do all he Can for the
good of this Town & Neighbourhood — T.O
      new page
I am Sir, Wishing for your Early Answer, yr. most Obt. Servt.
    Iames Leigh —

The Names of Late Trustees for Lowton School which signd the said
    old Lease —
are as follows —
P. Legh Esqr

Robt. Rowbottom
Thos. Lowe
Jno. Worsley
Henry. Ingham
Thos. Tyror
Jno. Naylor
Jas. Lowe
Josa. Wilkinson
Jno. Allanson
Willm. Hart                all dead —
Thos. Garton
Hugh Hirrup
Thos. Guest
John Peake
John Ridiard

as under are the Names of
the other Trustees as appears by
the old Lease as follows —
Sir Thos. Grey Egerton
Ino. Blackburne Esqr-
Thos. Blackburne Esqr.
Chas. Evelyn Frank Esqr.
Iohn Burt
Edwd. Byrom
Ralph Leigh
Heny. Worsley                    all dead
Iames Green
Jno. Robinson
Richd. France
Thos. Evanson

author LEIGH JAMES
1789

To
Mr. Richd. Orford
at
Haydock Lodge
      new page
        Lowton 6th. Novr. 1789
Dear Sir
    The Bearer Shaw Alanson is now with me, & requests me
to inform you what I remember respecting his Agreement
for Wages with my Father in Behalf of Mr. Legh —
& J do Assure you he was to have 14s/ a Week Wages,
being What he made appear (he with an apprentice
& Iourneyman) had the Benefit weekly of 14s/ at his
Carpenter's Business in Leigh — and to better himself
it was agreed to allow him a yearly rent of 4.4s.0d
& his Coals, besides giveing him the privilidge of
keeping letting his Cow go in the Coal pit Fields —
Jf you'll refer to the Books given in ^in^ my Father's
Time you'll find what I say to be fact, & J
wish you wou'd Concider to settle with him agreeably,
as it's no Object to Mr. Legh to fullfill the Agreement,
(if none has been made since) Espesically with a
deserving Servant that he has been — & am yrs. &c —
    Very respectfully
    James Leigh —

author LEIGH JAMES
1789

To
Mr. Richd. Orford
at Lyme Hall
near Disley
Cheshire
(Via Manchester)
[Postmarked Warrington]

[Note/accounts in different hands omitted]
      new page
Dear Sir
    I was favour'd with your's of the 17th. Inst. only on Saturday
last, & agreeable to yr. request have sent you the Accts.
annex'd — I am much better God be prais'd then I was
when you last call'd upon me, & hope these will meet
you & your Familey Enjoying the Greatest of Earthly
blessings Health — & I hope Mr. Legh is in as good Health
as can be Expected, & I wish he may so Continue as long as
Life is desireable & Comfortable to him — & am with best
respects my Wife joining yr. Sincere friend & Obt. Hble Servt
    Iames Leigh —
Lowton near Warrington 23d. Novr. 1789 —

author LEIGH JAMES
1790

To
Mr. Richd. Orford
at
Lyme-Hall near
Disley
Cheshire
(Via Manchester)
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
        Lowton near Warrington 12th. Iune 1790
Sir
    Our Ancestors Erected a Chapel & School in this Town,
and Endow'd them, they [corrected] also purchas'd a House and
premisses very convenient for a Clergyman, But built
no house for a Schoolmaster to live in — therefore some
of the Landowners in Lowton have agreed to Subscribe
liberally for a House for the Schoolmaster, which is
Computed to Cost from 120 to 130, and Self & other
Landowners request Mr. Legh's Subscription to join us
for this benevolent purpose — As it is the time for
makeing Brick request you to favour me with a
Line as soon as you Can with Mr. Legh's Sentiments, who
J hope Enjoys as good health as he cou'd wish, &
that you Continue better — & am Very respectfully yrs. &c.
    Iames Leigh —

author LEIGH JAMES
1790

To
Mr. Richd- Orford
at Lyme Hall
near Disley
Cheshire
(Via Manchester)
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
        Lowton near Warrington 2d. Augt. 1790
Dear Sir
    as I suppose you will Come to Newton Fair, please to bring
me or Mr. Barker the deed of the School Lands with you —
& Expect you have by it & the old deed convinc'd Mr. Legh
how ^he^ is imposed on with Falsehood by some_Body, & who wou'd
do this wou'd do more to gratify their Evil bad Mind —
I hope Mr. Legh still retains a better opinion of me then to
believe I wou'd be guilty of so bad an Action —
    Please to inform me when you Come if Mr. Legh will be
so good as to order you to make us his Gratuity for the
Erection of a House for the Schoolmaster of Lowton, for as he
has been So kind to Golborne hope he will not refuse us —
shou'd be happy to know his Sentiments soon, as We Cannot
apply to our Rector, Mr. Blackburn, & the Heirs of Mr.
Byrom &c, till we know what Mr. Legh will do —
J am now so well as to Wear my own Shoe tho' my Foot is
Tender & not quite well, hope this Fit will be for my future
better Health, & am Wishing you may Enjoy yr. Health, with
Compts. to Mrs. Orford — yr. respectfull Hble Servt
    Iames Leigh —

author LEIGH JAMES
1790

To
Mr. Richd. Orford
at Lyme Hall
near Disley
Cheshire
(Via Manchester)
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
        Lowton near Warrington 14th. Octr. 1790
Dear Sir
    I expect you will be at Newton Court soon, & I wish you to
then inform me if Mr. Legh will be a Subscriber to the
Building of a House for the Schoolmaster at Lowton, or no,
as we cannot apply to our Rector, Mr. Blackburn, & other
Gentlemen before we know what his Goodness will do —
J cou'd wish to Exchange my Life for my Wife's Life in
the Cottage call'd Orme's in Lowton if Mr. Legh pleases,
& if so please to advise me the Terms, We are Very near
of Equal Age — & am with respects to yourself & Mrs.
Orford, my Wife joining yr. sincere friend &c —
    Iames Leigh —

author LEIGH JOHN
1772

Mr. Richd. Orford
Haydock
      new page
Sr.

    I have no Engagement on wednesday next and
will be in Warrington by eleven o' Clock at the Red Lion and am
with Compliments to Mr. Legh
    Yr. h~ble Serv~t.
    John Leigh
Oughtrington 13 Novr. 1772 —

author LEIGH RALPH
1761

To
Mr. Richard Orford
at Lyme Hall
Cheshire
      new page
Mr. Richd Orford
Sr.        Yours to Manchester
Came duly to My Son, J Being at Haydock
untill ye Weeks End, heard nothing of %it,
after Which My Son James Wrote to you
& Inclos'd you A London Bill for
50L, as Cash is Not to be had Without
a Large premium, nor Even for that,
Which you'l receive by yr. Carrier
to_morrow — J this day paid Robt
potts in part of Wages 1L:1s0d, Which
you'l take Care to Debter him with,
as J took a receipt in yr. Name;
J Am Respectfully yr &c
    Ra %Leigh
Haydock
6 Decr 1761

author LEIGH RALPH
1762

Mr. Rd Orford        Goleborn 10 June 1762
Sr.
    Accordg. to yr. Reqest J've Apply'd to ye person
at Warrington who uses to supply em with
Hair Cloath who has not any of %ye Kind
but will Imediatly make some & send it
to Lyme — Our Sheep J Cannot recommend
to you for Exceedg. fatt not Only so As we
have no More then What will serve ye Family
J think it not prudent to Break into ye
parell and us to have Strange one's who
may Cause ye remainder to be uneasey —
— off Which you May Aquaint our Worthey
Master and if it's ^his^ mind J sho'd send J will
ye Best we have — J've sold 13 out of %ye
parell some time since so yt We've no
more then Will serve ye Family — you
Mention me Sendg. 40 or 50L — My Son
is Abroad & Nephew at Manchr. Allso ^so^ yt J
Cannot Without a Special Messenger send
Cash — but have sent you 2 Bills Value
31:11:0 Which you May get Cash for at
[Along side of paper]
Stockport J %wo'd have sent you More but these are
what J had by me — J Am respectfully yr. &c
    Ra Leigh
(plase to send a receipt for 'em by next post)
      new page
[In different hand, probably Orford's]
Mr. Ra. Leigh abt. sheep
& wth. 2 Bills one of which
J return'd the other J kept
Value 13.13. —
Rec~ed June 14. 62
Ans~. Do

author LEIGH THOMAS
1777

To
Mr. Orford
at Peter Leigh Esqr..
Lime
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
        Warrington Octo~. 9th. 1777
Mr. Orford
    I understand there is a Warehouse in New Street
within Warrington, which was lately Occupied by
Messrs. Stott & Hadkinson, whose Term is now
expired, & is still unlett which belongs to Peter Leigh
Esqr. & as I am going to begin the Sail Cloth Manufactary [corrected]
think the sd. Warehouse wou'd answer my Purpose provided
you & I could agree for Rent & a Term of Years
shou'd be glad to take it for five or seven Years, if it be
agreeable for either of the sd. Terms, shall be glad of a line
as soon as Possible letting me know the rent &c; if
you want to know any_thing respecting my Character
as becoming a Tenant Mr. Iohn Iohnson Sail Cloth maker
^with whom I served my Apprenticeship^ or any other person in Warrington will Inform you
Your letting me know as above as soon as Convenient
will Oblige Your hble servt.
    Thos. Leigh
P.S if you shou'd write direct for Thos. Leigh at
Mr. Iohn Johnson's Sail Cloth maker Warrington

author LEIGH WILLIAM JUNIOR
1783

Mr. Orford
Haddock

[Accounts probably in different hand omitted]
      new page
        Warrington Septr 30th. 1783
Mr Orford
Sir
    Your esteemd favour I %recd.
in Answer, I have seen my Father respecting the
Harriott, and he is very agreeable if you can {*...} [torn off]
it with Mr Legh for Five Guineas, my Brother
Ioseph is turnd fourteen Years of Age, as I said
when you was here, my Father only thought Thirteen
Years of Age, so you may put his Age in the Lease
as you think proper. I %am with much respect
    Dr. Sir Your %very hble Servt
    Will %Leigh Iunr

author LEIGH AND DARWELL
1771

To
Mr: Richd: Orford
at Lyme Hall
Cheshire

[Accounts and note in different hands omitted]
      new page
Mr: Richd: Orford —        Manchesr: Iune 5, 1771
    {*}or: of Leigh''s & Darwell
12 yd: Superfine ½ Ell all Cotten Royall Cord — @ 3s P yd: 1:16s:0d
Sir
    Pursuant to your kind order, We have this day
forwarded the above, to Mr. Purcell, To be Left at ye. three
Cranes in Leicester, Agreeable to your Directions,
Which Wish Safe and in Due time to hand, Not
Doubting Giving Entire Satisfaction, Being well
Manufactud: & Charg'd on the Very Lowest terms
When you have any farther Demand, Please to give
us a Line, as your future Orders, will be Very Acceptable
    to yr. most. obt. & Oblig'd Hble Servts:
    Leigh's & Darwell

author LEIGH AND DARWELL
?1774

[Other hand than previous letter]

Mr. Orford
Sir
    Agreeable to yr. kind order as near as Possible cou'd
come at this time have sent as above, Which
hope will please, The Person we had it off will
take it Back, if not approved of, And ye. farther
Observ'd if more of Either of the pns. is wanted they
can have Imadiately — We are Sir Yr. Mo:
    Hble Servts. Leighs & Darwell

author LEWIS THOMAS
1775

[Direction in different hand]
Mr. Orford Lyme
nr. Buxton
Cheshire
Free
Keck
      new page
        Covt Garden Iuly 24th 1775
Sir

    Your first Letter came to my Shop, while
I was down in Dorsetshire — wch on my arrival
I enclosed to Mr Thos. Lee — according to yr desire
so Mr Thos Lee is quite right [corrected?] in saying he
did not receive yrs before the 17th Inst
    As to the Lottery Ticket's — for the Year 1774 —
I have but 4 Blanks — the Nrs of wch
I copye'd for Mr Lee — as he told you in
his Letter. — Untill your Letter arrived
this day, I did not know, that Mr Legh had
Six Ticket's in the Lottering 1774 —
    The Six Tickett's were in 1772 —
so that I cannot give you any further intelligence
about them,
    I am Sr    yr Most Ob —
    humble Serv{*}
    Thos Lewis

author LEWIS THOMAS
1785

Mr Orford
Lyme, Dissley
Cheshire
(by Buxton)
      new page
        Covt Garden 25th Iune 1785
Mr Orford

    By yrs of the 21st just received
am very sorry to hear, that my worthy friend Mr Legh
is much Disobliged about his News papers.
    But please just to give yourself time to reflect
as neither you or any_one else gave me notice of his
removal from Haydock to Lyme and not being blessed
with the Gift of Prophesy [corrected] — they would have continued
in the same channel; unless I hear'd to the contrary.
for the future they will be sent to Lyme until
notice is given to
    Sr
    yr Most Ob Servt
    Thos Lewis

author LEYLAND ?J
1775

Mr. Orford
at Lyme
Cheshire
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
Mr. Orford        Warrington Sept 24 1775

Sir as,
    Mr. Dainteth Distiller as been
3 Times about a Lot in some part of Mr. Leigh Estate
In %wch. I could not give him no answer then such time
I heard from Mr. Leigh or you he waits your answer
what he is going to do I dont know I hear he as got a
Quantity of Slate & seems to be very hernest of seeing
the Plan & noing the Conditions of the Lease I hope you
have made use of those Wooden Theodolite & shew ^to^ your
Expectation M{*}y compliment to Mr. Gate & If you
please you may give my Duty to Mr Leigh & Let him
know the necessity of this Letter
    From your very
    humble Servant
    I. Leyland

author LEYLAND JAMES
1778

Mr. Orford at
Peter Leigh Esqr.
Lime.
Cheshire
[Postmarked Warrington]

[Accounts in different hand omitted]
      new page
Mr. Orford,        Warrington Febry.. 8th 1778
Sir
    This Day Mr. Wolrage was at
my House and he Desired me to inform you
yt he Intends to take two Lotts Number'd 47.
and 48. which Is Betty Kays house, and
Mr. Chorleys smithey, he Prop^o^ses to take
ym. for 3 Lives and ninety nine Year's, and
to pay a fine for 3 Lives and the Ground
Rent after the Expiration of 3 Lives, you
know what thay now [corrected] Let for P~ Year, and
I Desire you will send me word upon the
Lowest term yt Mr. Leigh will Lease ym at
by the Return of Post, and make the Lease
Ready for my 3 Lotts N{*} 41. 42 and 43
to sign against you Come Over and Leave
Blanks for the 3 Lives and I will ^give^ you
third Name and Age when I see you;
      new page
Please to give my Duty to Mr. Leigh and
tell him I should be glad to know as soon
as he can, as Mr. wolrige can afford to build
very well and he whant to make a Biggining
    From Sir Your most hble.
    Servant at Command.
    Iames Leyland

author LEIGHTON H
?1775

To
Mr. Orford at Lyme
To be left at ye Red Lyon in
Bullock Smithy
Cheshire
      new page
        June th4
Sir

    my mistress Desires you will
write to Mrs- Jackson at Haydock for the
yarn She Left with her to be sent to you
{*}t [seal] Lyme, & begs you will Send it to Mr
{*...}ber [seal] and that he will forward it to his
Son George for him to get whitin-d my mistr^ess^
will give further orders when she Comes to Lyme
am with Complements to Mrs- Orford & all
frends
    your most oblig:d
    Humble Servant
    H Lieghton

author LILLYMAN R
1762

To
Mr Orford

[Across in different hand, possibly Orford's]
Esqr-
R Lillyman abt.
Mr. Mills &c
rec~ed July 29 62
      new page
        Brookhill 28 July 1762
Dear Sir

    J am favd. with yrs. of the 20 Jnst{*}. & yesterday as J went
to Dine wth. Justice ffletcher %I calld upon old Bryan and veiw'd
the Lanes. I am apprehendsive that you have nothing to fear
from m{*} Mills, Either indicting the roads or makeing Carage
ways, where he is not intitled to Use them, for if he Shou'd
attempt either, I told Bryan that you wou'd order the Tents.
to Lock up all the large Gates & Set Down Bridle Gates
for Horses [corrected] only, and that you wou'd order him Discharge^d^
from Crossing the Lane wth. his Coat & if he persevere'd
in useing it, or did any ill natured act to the Tents., or
Estate that belong'd m{*} master, he [corrected] must Expect the Same
Treatmt. Peter Eaton had met with, whereas if he wd.
behave neighbourly it ^he^ might be indulged with neighbourly
usage from m{*} Masters & his agent, I told the Iustice the
Same in order that Mills might hear of it. If any_thing
Shoud hap~en I will imediatly let you know, and I think it
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adviseable for you to acquaint m{*} Master, how it Stands, (viz{*}) what
mills threatens, and that if he Shou'd do any illnatured Act, that ^it^ wou'd
be prudent, to put what I here write into Execution, I am Sory I had not
the pleasure of Seeing you when last over, hope you'll not miss me on
your next Iourney hither, as to the Grey hound dont. give your_Self
any farther trouble I Shall do without tolerably well and am S*
    your Sincere ffriend & Hble St-
    R: Lillyman

author LITTON GEORGE
1775

Mr. Orford at Petr. Legh's Esqr.
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Mr. Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer Mr. Leyland I have agreeable to your
desire sent a %Ground Plan of %the Buildings which I %intend
to erect under the Bongs, likewise mr. Wallworths Plan of %the
whole of %the Premisses which I have under Mr. Legh, by which
both him & you will be able to Judge w~ere I intend to Build.
I have suffed the Bottom part of %the Garden as it was all
Wall Springey & I hope it will now stand very well. By Mr.
Wallworths Plan you'll be able to Judge how much of %the Ground
is taken up in Gardens Roads &c which cannot be Built
upon, I shou'd be glad Mr. Legh will give me leave to have a
little Sand from out of Mr. Robt. Pattens Field to raise the
Bottom part of %the Garden wi{th} from Floods. After Mr. Legh
& Mr. Leyland has had some talk upon the Subject I hope
some Plan will be determined upon & that you'll be able to
give me a %Line mentioning Mr. Legh's proposals, for my
part I wish for nothing but the fair thing to take place, but
cou'd wish to be upon some certainty before I do begin, &
as Mr. Legh has always shewn himself a %worthy Friend to
Mr. Iard. Leigh & Family, I hope he will ever find me deserving
of %the continuance of %his favours. Mrs. Leigh & my Wife
Joyns in Duty to Mr. Legh with
    Your most Obe. Serv{*}.
    George Litton
Warrington 28th Iuly 1775 —
P.S
    I calld. at Thelwell & got Mr. Petr. Leigh to put down his
Name & Age —
    I cou'd wish to have my Life exchanged when a %fresh Lease
is made in Lieu of %Mr. Ios. Leigh's & shd. be glad to know what Sum
mr. Legh will expect me to pay for doing it —

author LITTON GEORGE
1775

Mr. Orford
at Petr. Legh's Esqr
Lyme
Cheshire
[Postmarked Warrington]
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Dr. Sir
    I receiv'd yours by mr. Leyland in answer to which, it
is impossible for me to make any proposals, but I have
seen mr. Leyland, who informed me that mr. Legh desired his
Comps. to me & desired him to tell me he thought I never
wou'd be so unwise to relinquish up my full Lease & to
enter upon a %Ground Rent immediately, that what he (mr.
Legh) shou'd propose wou'd be for mr. Leyland your_Self & me
to agree upon a %Ground Rent after the Expiration of %the
Lives & that both he & Mr. Thos. Leigh shd. give me a %Note
from under their hands agreeing to such Terms, upon
the Strength of %this as the Season is much advanced &
every_thing spoiling I have set the Men at Work, I am
Dr. Sir — — — — — — — — — Your much obliged & most
    Obe. Serv{*}.
    G. Litton
Warrington 2 Augst. 1775

author LITTON GEORGE
1785

Mr. Orford
Lyme near
Disley
[Postmarked Warrington]
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        Warrington 10th Iune 1785 —
Dr. Sir

    Yours of the 8th Inst. is Just come to
hand & agreeable thereto have sent by Spencer the
Manchester Carrier a brown Frock & a Stable D{*}.,
they will be in Manchester about Eleven oClock
tomorrow Morning. Mrs. Litton Joyns in respectfull
Comps. to you & Mrs. Orford with
    Dr. Sir . . . . Yours very respectfully
    Geo: Litton

author LITTON GEORGE
1785

        Warrington 27 Iune 1785 —
Dr. Sir
    I have this day receiv'd a Letter
from I: Marsden to acquaint me at his Masters
request that they have sheard their Sheep, you
know the conversation that pass'd betwixt you
& me upon the subject, you'll please to see
Mr. I. M. & drop me a Line by return of Post
& I will act accordingly, for my part I do not
wish to get one half penny by it. but I am
afraid of offending him ^Mr. Legh^ if I do not come
over, & at the same time it will be very
inconvenient to be from home at this time
I am Dr. Sir (Wife Joying in kind respects)
    Yours very respectfully
    G: Litton
in great haste

author LITTON GEORGE
1789

[Direction in different hand]
Mr: Richd: Orford
Lyme
[Postmarked Warrington]
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Dr. Sir

    As the time of Year is coming
on when mr. Legh will want his Liveries
I wou'd be much obligd. to my friend
mr. Orford if he wou'd give orders to
the Taylor to drop me a line mentiong.
the quantity of every Article he will be
in wants of, Rib Joyns in respectfull
Comps. to you & yours with
    Dr. Sir — Yours very Respectfully
    Geo: Litton
Warrington
11th Feby. 1789

author LITTON GEORGE
1789

Mr. Rd: Orford
Lyme
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        Warrington 16 Sepr. 1789.
Dr. Sir

    Yours of ye. 14th Int. came duly to hand
inclosing your Dft on I~no. Hunt of Northwich
value 49..10.0., which ^he^ certainly will now take
up, the Life in Heye's lease that is now
living he informs me is Betty Donbavand,
    Wife Joyins in respectfull Comps. to you
& yours with Dr. Sir
    Yours very Respectfully
    Geo: Litton

[Notes in different hand omitted]

author LITTON GEORGE
1790

Mr- Richd. Orford
Lym{*...} [cut off]
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        Warrington 7 Iany. 1790
Dr. Sir

    Yours of the 31st Ulto. I receiv'd with an
order upon mr. mattw. Knowles for fourteen Pounds
fourteen Shillings which is paid & I have placed
it your Cr. in mr. Legh's Acct. I think Heyes's
matter will not be settled before you are here, I
understand a %Client of mr. Shuttleworths has the Old
Lease in pledge for 14-0-0- the business will be
better explain'd when I see you than by Letter, I
believe Heyes has the money ready but I dont chose
to receive it & part with the new Lease untill the
Old one is surrendered, unless I have your orders.
    Inclos'd you'll receive mr. Leghs Acct. for the
^last^ three Years, I have not given Credit upo in any of
e'm for what I have receiv'd as you said you wou'd
settle e'm your own way, will you be so good
as order the Taylor to send me an Acct. of what
will be wanted as I shall have many of %the
Articles to write for; my Wife Joyns in respectfull
Comps. to you & mrs. Orford wishing you many
happy returns of the Season with
    Dr. Sir — Your Obligd. & Obe, Servt
    Geo: Litton

author LITTON GEORGE
1790

[Direction in different hand]
Mr: Richd: Orford
Lyme
Paid
[Postmarked Warrington]
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Dr. Sir

    I am given to understand that it has not
been customary for Mr. Legh to demand any
Alienation Money, as such dont begin a %bad Custom
with an old Friend tho~ in reality it was my
fault in mentioning it, I hope I shall have the
pleasure of %hearing that you found miss Orford
much better & intirely out of danger, Dame
Joyns in respectfull Comps. with
    Dr. Sir — Your very Obligd. & Obe, Servt.
    Geo: Litton
Warrington 20 May 1790


[Very brief letter from S Litton omitted]

author LIVESEY THOMAS
1771

To
Peter Legh Esqr: M: P:
at Lyme
near
Manchester
[Postmarked Blackburn]
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        Blackbn: 1st: Octor: 1771
To Mr: Richd: Orford
at Lyme,
Sir,
    Your Favour of the 28th: past came to Hand by
this Day's Post, the Contents I duly observe. I have made some
enquiry respecting Henry Richardson the Barber who was lately
remov'd from this Town, from Mr: Ino: Yates who knew Him very
well, as He was near Neighbour to Him when He kept the
Black Bull here; I shou'd be sorry to say any_thing severe
of any Man, especially one in His Circumstances, but by what
I can learn, I am afraid little can be said for His Conduct
during His Residence here, He did not behave at all well
in His Family and drank too much to be of Service either
to Himself or to Them. Mr: Yates tells Me He had some Business
and was employ'd by some Persons in this Town who
He believes wou'd have continu'd with Him, had not He
left it, but those Persons are now engag'd and He is of opinion
if He return'd He wou'd have little or no_thing to do; I
understand this Town was at a good deal of expence in His
removal and Mr: Yates seems to think the Town wou'd object
to His returning and will not consent to it if they can avoid
it, even with a Certificate; This moment the Overseer is come to
Me and I do not find from Him, that any objection will be made
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to Henry Richardson's returning, if a Certificate be given with Him,
and He thinks if a proper place be provided for Him to carry
on His Business, His Customers will return to Him, from these
circumstances I am apprehensive there is a greater probability of
His obtaining a Livelihood to support His Family if He can be
prevail'd upon to become Sober & Diligent, than in your Country.
I beg my Humble Compts: to Mr: Legh and if ^it^ be in my Power
to render either Him or You any Service in this Neighbourhood,
I beg I may be commanded. I remain most Respectfully,
& with much Esteem,
    Sir,
    Your most Obt: and most
    Humble Servant
    Thomas Livesey

author LONGSDON THOMAS
1772

To
mr Rich orford
at
How Lane near Stockport
to be Left at mr Hancocks
in Disley with care
Cheshire
[Postmarked Bakewell]
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Sr
    Jn complyance to your letter J have Sent the sheep to
Stouton grange in Leicestershire to Esqr Kecks and the man
return'd on Sunday the 2d instant and got there with the sheep
all Safe but J have sent three ewes & a tup with variety
of colours and horns So that we believe they will give Satisfaction
the Gentleman & Lady was not at home when the man came away
So that J expect they are at Lyme mr Barker was So kind
as to let me chuse them out of the whole flock J gave the driver
one guiney to bear his expences Sr J have inclos'd the letter in
mine ^wich the person sent to me back^ So you will see the contents the three ewes one has four horns
and another has three an the third has none but is [corrected] Spotted all over
and the tup has four hor{*...} [torn off] nd they are ^of^ variety of colours
we Shall Settle the prise when J See you at Fairfield
Sr J am with respects your Humble Servant and Friend
    Thos Longsdon
Little Longston
Agust ye 4th 1772

author LONGSDON WILLIAM
1778

To
Mr Richd: Orford
at Lyme
Cheshire
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        Eyam Ianry 28{*}: 1778
Dear Sir

    I am favour'd with your's of the 23d Inst:,
respecting Mr: Iames Wagstaff's shares of %mines
about %Eyam, which have turn'd out very well
the %last year; as you may observe by the inclos'd
Acct of particulars; I hope they will continue
to be profitable for some time, 'tho
not [corrected] likeley to be so much as the last year.
    Mr Wagstaff & his Wife came here last
week, & press'd me much to pay them the profits,
said they had a right to receive [corrected] them,
& that the Trustees had no buisiness with the
profits of %the mines; I told them I had rec~ed
a %letter from you, desiring me not to pay %them,
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to any person but yourself, they were so very pressing that
I paid them four Guineas on %Acct:, & have reserv'd the remainder,
to %be paid to you, or any person properly authorisd to
receive it; & will take an opportunity of calling on %you
the next time I come into Cheshire, when it may be proper
to see the Deed of Trust, if you have no objection, as
they have said so much about it.
    I am Dear Sir y~r very h~ble Servt:
    W: Longsdon

author LONGSDON WILLIAM
1778

Mr: Orford
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        Disley Febry 25{*} 1778
Dear Sir

    I am now on my way to Manchester,
& purpose coming back on Friday Afternoon or Saturday
morning, & shou'd be glad to meet you here,
or %at %your %own house, in my return, to settle mr:
Iames Wagstaff's mineral Acct:, which I %wrote
to you about some little time ago. if buisiness
shou'd call you to manchester in the
mean time, may find me at the Spread Eagle
in Hanging Ditch. —
    I am Dr: Sir y~r very h~ble Servt:
    W: Longsdon

author LONGSDON WILLIAM
1778

To
Mr: Richard Orford
at Lime-Hall
near Disley
Cheshire
[Postmarked Tideswell]
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        Eyam March 2d: 1778 —
Dear Sir

    The badness of the day, prevented
me from seeing you on my return from manchester;
I had intended sending up to you at Lime, but
it being so very tempestuous, made me desirous
of getting forward as soon as possible.
    I shou'd have been glad to have seen the
Deed of Trust, from Mr: Iames Wagstaff to you,
but as I had not an opportunity, shall rely upon
your word, knowing you to be a Gentleman of Credit
& Veracity; & have accordingly sent you inclos'd
two London Bills Value Thirty Eight Pounds 11s/6d,
for the ballance of the minl Acct: to Septr: last. due
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to Mr Iames Wagstaff, for which be so good to send a Receit.
pr post. —
    I %am Sir — Your very h~ble Servt:
    W: Longsdon
My own draft upon Messs Dunnage for 21..11..6
{*}d middleton upon Hollidays & Co for 17..0..0
                            38..11..6

author LONGSDON WILLIAM
1779

To
Mr: Orford
at Lime Hall
near Dissley
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        Eyam Iuly 30th: 1779 —
Sir

    The Lead buisiness being at %present very
dull, the Price of Ore low, & money scarce, hath
occasion'd a delay in the payment of %some of
the mineral Reckonings, & several Partners
are of opinion that some of %the works shou'd be
stop't for the present, untill times are better —
for the taking these ^& other^ matters into consideration,
a meeting is appointed at %the Bull's Head in Eyam
on Wednesday next the 4{*} of August, where if
it %is not convenient for you to attend, please
to favour me with a line, to say if I must act
for the Shares you have in trust as usual —
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sometime ago, you desir'd I %wou'd inquire if any
person wou'd wish to purchase Mr Wagstaff's shares
of %the Mines, I have made some inquiry, but
at %present, have not met with any, .. it %is not
just now a good time to sell, Money being
scarse & the times bad, if ^the^ New Vein at
Ladywash called Oxley's Vein turns out %w{***} [seal]
(which is now on trial) it will enhance the
Value considerably. —
    I %am %Sir yr very h~ble Servt:
    W. Longsdon

author LONGSDON WILLIAM
1783

Mr: Richard Orford
Lyme Hall
Chesshire
[Postmarked Tideswell]
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        Eyam Novr: 1st: 1783
Dear %Sir

    I am just favour'd with your's of %the 28{*}
Octr:, & delayed sending you the ballance of Mr:
Wagstaff's mineral Acct: till I came up into your
part of the Country, which I had intended doing some
time ago, but have been prevented by unavoidable
Engagements & shall be sorry if any inconvenience
hath attended the delay. — However, agreable to
your request, I now send you 2 London Bills Value
together Twenty nine Pounds 1s/9d being the %ballance
of Mr Wagstaff's mineral Acc{*}: ^for 1782^ as sent you in Augt last.
    We have had the misfortune to lose Mr Wm Mettam
the %late Overseer at Little Pasture, & suppose shall choose
another soon — that mine continues very good, & hope
will get a good deal of %profit, the others are but indifferent
I %beg %my Compts to Mr Wagstaff & am Dr Sir
    yr mt obd hble Serv{*} Wm: Longsdon

author LONGSDON WILLIAM
1788

Mr: Orford
at Lyme Hall
near Dissley
[Postmarked Bakewell?]
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        Eyam Ianry 30{*}: 1788 —
Mr: Orford
Dear Sir

    I delay'd giving an answer to your favour
of the 16{*}: of Decr: — in hopes that I might have been able
at the same time to have sent you the mineral Acc{*} for
the last year. but some of the Reckonings not being
quite ready will oblige me to postpone the Acc{*} for
a %few weeks longer — The Persons that Mr:
White recomended to %value Mr Wagstaff's shares of %Mines
are I believe very proper Judges of %their Value. & if
agreable to you, woud have no objection to buy them
at their valuation, which shall be obliged to you
to inform me of —. I am Dear Sir very %respectfully
    Your obd{*} h~ble Serv{*}:
    Wm: Longsdon

author LOWE THOMAS
1771

For
Peter Legh Esqr
membr of Parlmt
att
Lyme in
Cheshire
[Postmarked Derby]
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Mr Orford        Derby feby 4: 1771
Sr
    I Recd yours with three bills for fifty Pounds
for which I have returnd your Note which will make
the Account right I was glad to hear of you being
detained att home upon so good An account and
hartley wish you & mrs Orford Luck in a Son hope
your good family is all well
    am Sr with respects yr Humble Sert
    Tho Lowe
ps
please to lett mr Hancock no I Answerd his Letter butt heard
no more of him

author LOWE THOMAS
1771

To
Mr Orford
att
Lyme
with 7 Lds of malt & a bag Clover
    50 pd
[Accounts omitted]
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Mr Orford        Derby march 11: 71
Sr
    I Recd yours Letters and Sacks to_gather [corrected]
I will to_morrow waite on mr Pickerin
and will return the recipt I have Sent
you fifty pound of duck Clover our farmers
sow so much with other Seeds on 5 Acres
    am Sr yr Humble Sert
    Thos.. Lowe

author LOWE THOMAS
1771

To
Peter Legh Esqr
Membr of Parliment
att
Lyme
Cheshire
[Postmarked Derby]
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Mr Orford        Derby march 15.. 1771
Sr
    I have inclosed you m{*} Pickerins recipt
I hope you have recived mr Hiberds Clover Seeds
the Weight is fifty pound and a %verey good Sort
if their is anney_thing further I can be of Servis
Shall gladly do itt I am Sr with my best respects
    to you & mrs Orford yr Humble Sert
    Thos.. Lowe
m{*} Pickerin desires his Compliments
and if you Chuse to have ye bills
Sent he will Send them

author LOWE THOMAS
1771

To
Peter Legh Esqr
membr of Part
att Lyme
Cheshire
[Postmarked Derby]
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Mr Orford        Derby June 18/ 71
Sr
    I Recd yours and gave ye Jnclosed to mr Heath
I have in_closed you mr Pickerins recipt
the bill he Said he would send I Should
have bin glad to have seen you att Stockport
I heard of you as soon as you was gott through
the toune am Sr with my best respects to you
    & mrs Orford yr Humble Sert Thos.. Lowe

author LOWE THOMAS
1771

To
Peter Legh Esqr
Membr of Partm
att
Lyme
Cheshire
[Postmarked Derby]
      new page
Mr Orford        Derby July 18: 1771
Sr
    this day recived yours with two Notes I waited
on mr mather with them, and he will pay them
boath next monday am Sr with respects
    yr Humble Sert
    Thos.. Lowe
the Notes 2: 9: 6
Each

author LOWE THOMAS
1772

To
Peter Legh Esqr
Membr, of Parliment
att
Lyme
Cheshire
[Postmarked Derby]
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Mr Orford        Derby April 12: 1772
Sr
Mr Smedley brought the in_closd letter up to mee att ten a
Clock this morning and said he found itt upon ye pewter Shelf
butt could not tell when itt came am Sr with my best respects
hope you gott well home
    From yr Humble Sert
    Thos.. Lowe

author LOWE THOMAS
1772

To
mr Orford
att
Lyme
[Notes in different hand omitted]
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Mr Orford        Augst 29: 1772
Sr
    I Recd yours and will take care to buy
you 12 Strike of the best Seed wheat wee have not
Anney come to markett att presant, wee have had
a deal of rain of late and itt makes harvest
late before itt will be gott in I will Send itt before
you will want itt
    am Sr with respects to you
    & mrs Orford your Humble Sert
    Thos.. Lowe

author LOWE THOMAS
1772

To
Mr Orford
att
Lyme
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Mr Orford        Derby Octbr 5: 1772.
Sr
    I Recd yours and am sorey you have
not recived your wheat mr Holebrook & Self
bought itt and sent itt of the first that
came to markitt the fault is in Peter
Ownshaw the Stockport Carrier not takeing
itt forward from the Hurdlow I Stoped
three Loads of malt that itt might go forward
hope you have recived itt Safe be_fore this
    From yr Humble Sert
    Thos.. Lowe
one malt Bag 7 Strike in
and one — — 5 Strike in

author LOWE THOMAS
1772

To
Mr Orford
att
Lyme
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Mr. Orford        Derby Nov 2: 1772
Sr
    I Recd your favor and have Sent Eight
Loads of fine pale old malt such that
will please youl find the last drift
will please in the Brewing am Sr with
    respects your Humble Sert Thos.. Lowe

author LOWE THOMAS
1773

To
Mr Orford
att
Lyme
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Mr Orford        Derby march 31 ^73^
Sr
    I Recd yours this morning and will delivre
the Inclosed to your desire I thought proper
to lett you know our markett will not be on
good Friday butt on Thursday before {*} mr Heath
being mayor has putt of ^the markett^ this year
so youl no best how itt will sute your tenants on
that day am Sr with respects your Humble Sert
    Thos.. Lowe

author LOWE THOMAS
1775

        manchester may 15 — ^1775^
Sr
    I Recd yours and was sorey I had not
the pleasure of seeing you am greatly
Oblidge to you for the Inclosed have sent you
a recipt for the ^same^ youl be so Kind to give
your Buttler and Brewer Seven Shillings
and Six pence Each I will repay you with
the other ten Shillings and Six pence you
paid before am Sr with respects to you
and mrs Orford your Humble Sert
    Thos.. Lowe

author LOWE THOMAS
1777

To
mr Orford
att
Lyme

[Accounts in different hand omitted]
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        Derby march 31: 1777
Dear Sr
    I Sent you by Thos Shallcross twenty Strike
of rye grass in five four Strike Bags the
Bags will be charg'd to you I hope the Seeds
will please and answer I bought itt att 2s/6d
Pr Strike tho itt Sells att 3s & 3/6
    am Sr with respects your Humble
    Sert Tho{*} Lowe

author LOWE THOMAS
1778

        Derby Augst 31: 1778
Dear Sr
    I Recd yours and delivred the Inclosed
to mr Fallows have Sent you Six Loads of
fine pale malt with new Sacks I had
no Load Sacks by mee or Should have Sent
my owne the malt is 24 {**}d and Sacks 3s:4d
any friend of yours that Should ^want^ may depend
of itt being good & a fine Couler
    am Sr with respects your
    Humble Sert Tho Lowe

author LOWE THOMAS
1779

To
mr Orford
att
Lyme

4:10.0
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        Derby Augst 9: 79
Dr Sr
    I Expectd my Son to have come to manchester
and Should have Sent 4: 10: 0 that Redfern paid
mee I could not gett the remainder of him Since
I now have Sent itt P~ Shallcross
    my son has been verey poorly butt now is
gott better am sorey I did not Send the money
Sooner
    am Sr with respects yr Humble Sert
    Tho Lowe

author LOWE THOMAS
1779

To
Mr Orford
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        Derby Sep{*} 21: 1779
Dr Sr
    I Recd yours and will send the Inclosed
as directed and Shall be glad to See
you att derby I was verey Sorey to
hear their was aney reason for complaint
of the Last 14 Loads of malt
    I Looked in my book who had malt att the
Same day and I made inquirey how itt brewed
and itt was Liked verey well so that I hope
youl find the malt to answer I wish you
could brew a Load of the Same malt att your
owne house that you might be certain
whear the fault is I have taken great care
to have Some fine pale malt made this year
that I thought would heal all complaints
that the Same I Sent to Adlinton the Same day
and yesterday theay Sent for ten Loads more
I wish to do Evreything in my power to Serve
you with the best and when you Send again
[Along side of paper]
may [corrected] depend of haveg such malt that will please
    From your Humble Sert
    Tho Lowe

author LOWE THOMAS
1779

To
Mr Orford
att his House
Jn Hoo Lane
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        Derby Oct 11: 1779
Dr Sr
    I Recd a Note you left of m{*} wallis
which will Account for when paid
Redfern called on Satterday I talked
to him much in not haveing his money
ready on friday he promised to come on
tuesday and discharge the rent the Sum
that he Should pay I can not tell butt take
what he brings and give a recipt accordingly
    am Sr with respects your Humble Sert
    Thos.. Lowe

author LOWE THOMAS
1779

To
mr Orford
att
Lyme
      new page
        Derby Oct 25 79
Dr Sr
    Redfern called and payd mee four pounds
ten Shillings the young man you spoke
to mrs Chamberlain of he came to mee on
Friday desired mee to write to you that he Should
be verey willing to come att aney time you
please to order have Sent fifteen Loads
of fine pale malt one bag 7 Strike and one 5 Strike
    am Sr with respects your Humble
    Sert Thos.. Lowe

author LOWE THOMAS
1779

[Direction omitted as much of it has been torn off]

        Derby Decr 6.. 1779
Dr Sr
    I Recd your Sack for a Load of malt which
have returnd with a %Load of fine pale malt
Shall Said I must Send Som Quick he did not no
how maney the grownd was so frose this morning
theay could not be gott up please to mention what
I must Send by them next Jorney
    am Sr with respects your Humble
    Sert Tho Lowe

author LOWE THOMAS
1781

        Derby Dec{*} 30: 1781
Dr Sr
    this day recived yours I waited of
mr Latterficre he Says that he can take
the young Lady [corrected] and theay Open School on
the 21 Jany so aney time then aboat will be
the Same the terms you had before
    I will take care to reserve the two Loads of
fine pale malt you desired
    my wife Joins mee with Compliment to Self
and mrs Orford
    From your Humble Sert
    Tho Lowe

author LOWE THOMAS
1782

To
Mr Orford
Hoo Lane
near Disly
      new page
        Derby Augt 12: 1782
Dr Sr
    A Gentlewoman in derby haveing a Small
Estate in Lancashie and I supose near wheare
you Collect I thought itt might be a_greable to
you to do that Busniess Either her or her Brother
woud write to you I gave them directions
    I Recd more of Messrs Heath two Shillings and
three pence in the pound which have placed to
Account Miss Orford gott well to Derby
and was well yesterday am Sr with Compliments
to you and mrs Orford your Humble Ser{*} T Lowe

author LOWE THOMAS
1789

[Hand looks quite different from that in the preceding letters]

Mr. R. Orford
Hoo-Lane near
Lyme
      new page
        Derby 14: Decr. 1789.
Dear. Sr.

    By Green I sent you 18 Ld. of malt
which I think will Brew to your satisfaction and also
one Patent Lamp for a trial as they had two sorts and Mr.
Cater cd. not tell which you most approved but this was the
kind to hang against a Wall, I shew'd Green how to make
use of it and he thought himself qualificed to instruct others
but I think there is some difficulty to manage them well
at first; it is necessary the Oil shd. be clear. I found the acct.
right as I left it with you Viz. 10 Ld. by wood instead of 18
    Mr. Evans has not any accounts by which he can clear
up the doubt of a Years chief rent due michs. 1787. and supposes
it must be right as I have settled it with you. I met with
Mr. Arden at Mr. Thomson Stockport he said but little to me
and talkd of being engaged with Mr. Place I was delay'd so long
at Poynton & some other places as prevented me from going
to his House to speake with Mrs. murray
      new page
I %am Dr. Sr. with respectful Comps. to Mrs. Orford & Yr.
    Family your Obliged Fd. & Servt.
    Thos. Lowe

Lamp. — 0.6.0
1 Extra Glass. 0.6
1 doz. wicks — 0.7
Filler Strainer &c 1.6
        8.7

author LOWE, BATE AND WRIGHT
1774

To
Mr. Orford
@
Lyme-Hall
      new page
Sir
    We have always sold the Article of
Blankets since our Entrance upon Trade
& are much obligd by your kind Order;
but as you have taken us before the
Winter our Stock is less than it will
be in a Month or two — — It is much
against our Will to send the least
Thing less than is wanted to such a
House as Yours, but if you can but
at present make a Shift with the
Single Blanket in the Space of a Month
if agreable will change it for a Pair
— — Is it needless to say how much your
Commands will oblige? — none can
receive em with greater Pleasure than
    Your mo. hble & obed. Servt
    Lowe Bate & Wright
Manchr. Sepr. 10. 1774

author LOWE, BATE AND WRIGHT
1774

To
Mr. Richd. Orford
at
Lyme Hall
wth. a P~cell
      new page
Sir
    We now beg Leave to accommodate
you with an Article which we
hope will give Satisfaction — the
Man that serves us is the Same wch.
serves, we believe, the whole Town,
my Order to him was for the Best
he ever brought to Manchester
He assures me they are such — It
will be a great Pleasure to find they
give Content — as always to serve you
when You favour with that Honour
will give Delight to Yr mo. obliged &
    very hble Serv{*}
    Lowe Bate & Wrig^ht^

[Along side of paper]
Manchr. Octr. 8. 1774 —

author LOWE, BATE AND WRIGHT
1779

[Hand looks different from that in the previous two letters]

Mr— Orford
Lyme

new page

Sir
    Yours we Rec~d and agreeable to your
request will forward the Remainder
of the Shoulder Knots as soon as Possible
if you'll take notice the fringe is
Broader upon the Knot than yours
We Are Yr Mo Obedt- Servts
    Lowe Bate & Wright
Manchr. July 27th. 1779

author LOWNDES JOHN
1771

To
Mr Orford
Lime
      new page
        Stockport Feby 8th 1771
Sr — The persons Implyed in Casting up for
Brick have applyed to me to know If the
might proseed in Casting up provided the
Leave the road 20 yards,
    J informed them that J Could not answer
for there proceedings with_out yours
and the rest of the Gents aprobation
Desire youre opinion How far ^in what manner^ J may
proceed your answer will much oblidge
    Sr your most Humle
    Sert John Lowndes

author LOWNDES THOMAS
1773

To
Mr. orford
att
Lyme
      new page
My good Friend
    Ive been with Mr. Porter and Mr
Earl who propose to meet you on Monday Morng.
next at the Warrington Bridge ale House in order
to proceed to Business for three or four Days
I shall desire my Witness's to attend & beg youll
bring with you ny Papers & doubt not but
I shall makee my Title clear to you I posted
the Notice properly at church to sanctify
youre meeting Mr Kerfoot promised to
write you Notice wch. I hope he did & am
    Yr- obedt Serv{**}
    Thos. Lowndes
Stockport
Septr 13 1773

author LOWNDES THOMAS
1774

To
Mr. orford
at
Lime
By Post
from Warrington
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
Mr. Orford
    By to_days Post Mr. Porter tells me
you have the Award respecting Twiggs Plath
Bridge at my Latchford Farm & another
arbitration Paper with the names of the chief
Latchford owners to it I beg they may be
returnd me by the return of Post
    Yr. Obed{*}
    Thos. Lowndes
London
April 19
1774

author LOWTEN THOMAS
1788

To
Mr Richard Orford
Lyme near
Stockport
[Postmarked Knutsford?]
      new page
Sir

    I write to You in behalf of the Assignees of Wm.
Turner late of Oxford Street London Linendraper to know
the Quantity of Land he is intitled to under a Lease granted
by Mr Legh in the year 1757, at which Time the Farm was
in the Occupation of Iohn Swindells, and called the Wood End
Tenement and situate at Dishley — I also beg to know in
whose Occupation the Farm now is, and whether the Rent due
at Lady day last is paid to any person, & whom. I shall be
at this Place 'till the 21st. Instant, and will thank You for
your Answer before that Time. I am
    Sir.
    Your most obedient Servant
    Thos. Lowten
Dunham near Altrincham
Octr. 11th. 1788

author LUMLEY RICHARD
1772

For
Mr. Orford
      new page
Mr: Orford
    I Should Take it as a Great favour if you will
Spake to mr. Legh a_Bout my Bill to have it
Settled as the Estate being Sold the Work as
been finished Two years and a Half it is a
great Loss for me to ly out of my money
So long I paid all the Bills in the Countrey
above Two years ago mr. Rusell will
pay my Bill if mr. Legh will give
me an order
    From yor. Hule. Sat. Richd Lumley
1772 Iuly the 4 Bell yard
Temple Barr London

[Numbers omitted]

author LUPTON GEORGE
1788

Mr. Orford
Hoe Lane

[Probably in different hand]
The Answer to be sent Immediate^ly^
to the bulls Head Stockport To
Mr Iames Parkinson, Leaves town at
    5 oClock
      new page
Mr. Orford Sir
    Some time ago Mr. Claton was Over
Att Altringham Inspecting Mr.. Taylors Affairs
he then Said You & Mr. Gaskell wou'd come over
in a few Days in Order to Regulate his Concerns
Your not Comeing has Induced me to Write in
Order to Knowe What Method You propose for
him, Presumeing from the Statement of his
Affairs You are Dissatisfied with Our Conduct
& Things are not going forward with those
Exertions they Otherways wou'd if we were
Determin'd, therefore hope if ^You are^ not att home
to Send an Answer by the Bearer, that ^You^ will
Come with Mr. Gaskell to Altrincham
this Week or ^on^ Monday at the farthest Every
Delay being injurious to Mr. Taylor I am
    Sir for Mr. Poole & Self
    Yours &c Geo: Lupton
Altrincham
Jany.. 17th 1788

author LYON JOHN
1782

Mr— Richd Orford
How lane
Nr Disley
      new page
Mr— Orford —        Manchr- 20 Aug{*} 1782
Sir —
    I Thank you for you for your
kind call last week, and am sorry I was
from home at the time — fancy it
was with a design to enqure abt the My-
— wou'd wish it as soon as suits your
convinence but don't desire it before [corrected] — My
reason for it I trust I can emply it to
more account in Trade —
    Mrs- Wyld with Mrs- Lyon desires
theire kind Compts — And am
    Sir yr mo obt
    John Lyon

author LYON JOHN
1782

Mr— Orford
Lyme
      new page
        Manchr- 13 Novr 1782
Dr Sir —

    I rece'd by Bearer 120 Say One
Hundred & Twenty pounds — which I tust
will prove wight — and which ha you
have due Credit for —
    Hope you and all your
good family is well whom Mrs-
Wyld & Mrs- Lyon desires there
respects to — Am Dr. Sir —
    Your very hle Servt
    John Lyon

author MAIRE W
1779

Mr. Richd. Orford
Lyme near
Stockport
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
        Warrington 31st. Iuly 1779 —

Dr. Sir

    I was sorry it was not in my
power to return you the money due from Bellasis by
your messenger — He deceived me by saying he had
been with you & that you had said you wished not
to quarrel & that you was willing to stay a little
I doubted the truth but promised to wait a few days
he still amuses me with frivolous excuses — I have
sent for a writ & shall arrest his Tenant on monday
when I hope to get the money —
    I am sir
    your' h~ble Serv{*}
    W. Maire

author MAIRE W
?1779

Mr. Rd. Orford —

[Accounts in different hand omitted]
      new page
        Warrington Thursday morng

Dr. Sir

    I promised mr. Bellasis that I
would without your permission indulge him one Week longer
which expired Yesterday — His Tenant was here & promised to
call before the left Town & settle this matter but he broke
his word like his Landlord — I see no likelyness of settling
it peaceably & I am sure they have had greater indulgence
than they deserve — If I can get out this Evening I will
call upon you to take your affidavit that millington may
be secured
    I am
    Sir
    your h~ble Serv{*}
    W. Maire

author MAIRE W
1785

Dear Orford
    I forgot to tell you last night that
Pimblett's wife said that Geo. Bate charged her with 20l~ as
Administratrix of Ralph Stirrup towards Leasing the Tenemt.
under mr. Legh & that she has paid two years Interest of it
& is still burthened with it — it seems a mistery & as you
are going through manchester tomorrow I wish you woald ask
mr. Bate as to that matter — She is to call again upon me
& I wish to be informed of it — Give my best Compts. to Mr.
& Mrs. A. Legh & inform them that I shall wait upon them on
Sunday or monday morning my setting out depends on reciving
a Letter which if I get on Sunday I shall start imedeately —
Be %sure get me an exact Account of the Blue & Buffs as
you go through manchester & believe me
    Dr O.
    your's sincerely
    W: Maire
warrington 18th. may 1785 —

[Accounts in different hand omitted]

author MAIRE W
1785

Mr. Orford
Lyme
Stockport
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
Dr. Sir
    I have been just informed that the Day
fixed for the Court at newton is the same on which the Oveerseers
of the Poor are appointed — Perhaps that will not be so convenient
therefore I intend to alter it either to Tuesday before or Friday after
the day we fixed — I wish you would give me a Line which of
the two Days you would prefer & if any other is more agreeable to you
I thank you for the care of my Portmanteau which I rec~ed safe
& am
    Dr Sir
    your most ob{*}. Serv{*}
    W: Maire

Warrington 4th. Septr. 1785 —

author MAIRE W
1785

Mr. Orford
Lyme
Stockport
      new page
Dr. Sir

    I rec~ed your Letter mentioning Tuesday for
Newton Court but as so many of the Suitors are Fustian men
& attend manchester market I have fixed it for Thursday
following which will be the 27th. & I hope as convenient to
you as Tuesday as in all probability you would not have
left Haydock before that Day if it had been fixed on Tuesday
    I have sent word to the Clerk at newton & to Bailey &
am Dr Sir
    your's sincerely
    W: Maire
Warrington 10th. Octr. 1785 —

author MAIRE W
1785

Mr. Orford
Lyme
Stockport
[Postmarked Warrington?]
      new page
Dear Orford

    As I expect your Friend mr Edwards will call
upon me in a few Days to settle with me for the business done between
him & the Govrs. of Queen Ann's Bounty I thought it necessary to
write to you upon the Subject as the last time we talked upon it you
did not seem wholly to recollect the Agreement between us respecting
this business — when the Sale of the Field was in contemplation &
mr. Edwards was informed that he must levy a Fine & also furnish
the Govrs. with a compleat Abstract of the Title & if that was approv'd
of then he must also provide attested Copies of all such Deeds as
related to the Title & could not be had with the rest of the Deeds —
mr. Edwards agreed to be at the expence of the Abstract & if the Title
was approved of to levy a Fine but said rather than be at any
further expence he would give up all thoughts of the Sale — you then
said the Sale was so eligible it should go forwards & the rest of the
money be raised either by paying in 10l~ in Mr. Legh's hands or by some
other means — mr. Edwards will have to pay for the Fine & Abstract alone —
      new page
16..14..7 besides some trifle for Agency in London & these will then be
due for between 80 {*} 90 Brief sheets of Copies of such of the Deeds as
could not be given up 10.2..6 which I can only look upon you for in
consequence of your promise & which he protests against paying nor
can I urge him to it — I hope you will recollect the above facts & if
so the last Demand may be settled when you come over & I can settle
with mr. Edwards & have done with the Business — Pray let me hear from you
    I suppose mrs. Keck left you yesterday — & I heartily wish the weather
was more favourable for her sake — It is very disagreeable weather
for travelling & I am not sure but I shall be obliged to take a longer
Iourney than I should wish to take out of pleasure — The Bishop of
Bristol has given mr. Tom Blackburne a Living near Bristol & as [word crossed out] ^he^
will want some assistance respecting it & some other matters I know not
whether I shall go with him or not we have had a consultation on the
Subject but have not yet fixed — & if I can get matters formed to his
mind I shall by no means press the Iourney — I shall be glad to
hear that you are all well or mending & am
    your most ob{*}.
    W: Maire
P. S. Have you heard from mr master yet —
Warrington 28th. novr - 85 —


author MAIRE W
1788

Mr. Orford
Lyme
Stockport.
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
Dear Sir
    On my return Home I found
your Letter & in Answer can only repeat the assertions contain^d^
in my last of the Pleasure it will at all times give me of
yielding every service in my power to mr. Legh & his Family
whenever I am professionally called upon but that I cannot
thrust myself into a business wherein I have no concern —
    Since I wrote to you last I have rec~ed a Letter from London
informing me that it is all a falsity respecting Turner and
the Smuglers [corrected] I am Dr Sir
    your most obt. Servt.
    W: Maire
Warrington 20th. Iany 88 —

author MAIRE W
1788

Mr. Orford
Lyme
Stockport
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
Dr. Sir
    As Thursday the 10th. instant is fixed
for a meeting of the Iustices at newton I shod. wish to have
the Court on the Thursday following the 17th. & hope it will be convenient
for you as it is the last Thursday in the month from Easter —
I shall be glad of a Line from you as soon as you can as I
go from Home for 8 or ten days on Saturday morning next
If you cod. get a Letter to Stockport on Thursday night I shall
have it before I set out & order accordingly —
    I am Dr Sir
    your's sincerely
    W Maire
Warrington 1st. Apl. 88 —

author MAIRE W
1789

Mr. Orford
Lyme
Stockport
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
Dr. Orford
    Will you be so good as to put the Copy (or Will)
of Mr. Benett when you come over in your Pocket & you'll oblige
    Dr. Orford
    your's sincerely
    W: Maire
Warrington 13th. May 89 —

author MAIRE W
1789

Mr. Orford
Lyme
stockport
[Postmarked Warrington]
      new page
Dr Sir
    Inclosed you will receive the Bill for One
Hundred & Twenty four Pounds seventeen shillings & six pence
which I was to return you & I remain
    Dr Sir
    your most ob{*}. Servt.
    W: Maire
Warrington 20th. Augst. 1789 —

[In different hand, probably Orford's]
NB The above Bill was paid Mr. Maire when
I was at Haydock 13 Inst. & on him coming to Lyme
since I gave him No 156 & Cash to make it up &
he was to return it to me —
No 156 ———————————100 —
Cash pd. him ———————24.17.6
Sum for the above Bill124.17.6

author MANN HENRY
1785

Mr. Orford
Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
        Manchr. Octr. 1785
Mr. Orford
Sr. According To Your Request Have Booked
a Place Jn the Mail Coach Wednesday Morning the
Coach laves Manchr. @ 4 oClock and Will be a Bullocks
Smithy About 5 the Gentleman Had better be Jn Time
    J am for Mr. Dixon Yours &c H~y Mann

author MARSDEN JOHN
1782

M~r. Orford
Haydock
      new page
Dear Sir

    Agreeable to Your request have sent the Venison
down which will be deliver'd safe —. Yesterday about one
O'Clock Master & M~rs. Ann arrived here also M~rs. Keck
&c. about four d~o. all safe & well for any_thing I
hear — I hope You'll not be long be_fore You come
    I am Sir Your mo obdt H~ble Sert. to Command
    Ino. Marsden

Lyme
12 Augt. 1782

author MARSDEN ROBERT
1773

For
Mr Richd, Orford
At Lime near Dissley
Cheshire
[Postmarked Bakewell]
[Accounts in different hand omitted]
      new page
        Ox Close 20 may 1773
Sir

    I intend to be at Dissley on
Satturday night next, And will bring
the Leases, if you Cold meet me there
to Setle that Afair, will Oblidge
    Sir your most Hble Servant
    Robt, marsden

author MARSHALL THE[OPHILUS?] (or THOMAS)
1772

To
Mr Alford at Lyme

[Accounts, probably in different hand, omitted]
      new page
Sir
    I Receiv'd yours & Note ye Contents
I am Of Opinion you have bee Rong
Inform'd in Regard to me taking away
ye Wood from ye Bottoms
    What I have taken Away is part of a
Hollow Tree that lay in ye Bottoms Estete
I Hir'd one Sam'l Tidler to help My
Man to Burst it in pieces & I Believe.
he has Stole a %part of it If I have Acted
Rong in Any Respect I am very Sory &
will make Recompence
    If you please to Recollect I told you
there was four or five Hollow Trees
that was fell'd for Whaley Mill which lay
in ye Bottoms Estate {*} was of no Use
to Mr Drabble About ye Mill
    I desird you'd Sell them to me for Firewood
      new page
you Said y'ou had given them to Mr Drabble
therefore Woud not Sell them I Apply'd to Mr Drabble
he Said I %might have them If you_ll please to give
me Leave to take them Away (as they are fit for
Nothing but ye Fire) I %will pay Mr Jepson All
the Damage You or Any Reasonable Man may think
he has Sustain'd I am Sir your Humble Servant
    Thos Marshall
Chappe febry 20th
1772 Excuse Haste
I Shall take it as a particular favour If youll Consent
that I %Shall have them as we are very Scarce of Firewood

author MARSHALL THE[OPHILUS?] (or THOMAS)
1777

Mr Richard Orford
Lyme
Cheshire

[Scribble in different hand omitted]
      new page
Mr Richard Orford        Chappell August 2nd 1777
Sir
    Excepting you will be so kind
as to Assist me I %Shall never be Able
to get an End with James Walton & I
beleive they Intend bringing an Action
Against me for The Charges; If you Remember
Mr William Walton Agreed to Refer the
Whole to Mr Stanley of Rotheram If you
& Mr Thompson Coud not Settle it; I have
Seen James Walton Since & he Refuses to Refer
it any more. I %am of Oppinion he was Only
Out of the Way on purpose to hinder it for
being Settled & so run Out the Bonds he has
Gone by your House Three times Since we Met
& I dare Say he has Never Call'd Upon you
      new page
All I desire of you at present is to Write to Mr William
Walton & Mention the Agreement to Refer it to Mr Stanly
& Recomend a Reference to him or Any Other Honest Man in
the Strongest Manner you possibly Can & as he made that
promise before you I am Of Oppinion you may prevail
Upon them to Stand to it Which favour will much Oblige
    your Humble Servant
    Thos Marshall
PS I am Asham'd to give you so much Trouble but If you
knew half ye Trouble & Loss I %have had with them; you Woud be
Sory for me or any Other person so Circumstanc'd it is their
Entire Study to Seek my destruction & they have a Set of people
will Swear Any_thing they may have Occasion for which I have
Already provd

[Along side of paper]
beg you'l Write by the first post

author MARSHALL THE[OPHILUS?] (or THOMAS)
?1777

Mr Richard Orford
Lyme
      new page
Mr Orford        Chappell Sunay Noon
Sir
    I Receivd yours of ye 6th Instant
that you Woud be at Home on ye 16th Unluckly
the Bonds Expird on ye 14th I %have prevaild
upon them to prolong the time on a promise
you Woud go thither on to y{*} Sicklehelm
(a House a little beyond Hope) Abaut Ten
Measur'd Miles from this Town Which If {*...} [torn off]
Can make Convenient on Tuesday next
Shall Esteem it a particular favour
I am Sir your Humble Servt
    Thos Marshall
I am Sory [corrected] to give you so much Trouble
but hope you'll Excuse When you See What I
have to deal with
    Inclosd is their Appointment &: please to Write
Whether you Can Come & What time

[Along side of paper]
I have been Informd you was gone from Home
or Woud have Come my_Self

author MARSLAND MICAH
1778

To
Mr
Orford
Lyme
      new page
        Stockport Sepr 1 — 1778 —
Honour'd Sir
    I was yesterday at lyme with a small Bill
which I have sent my sarvant Over with to_day with
you being from home for with me haveing such a long
Sickness it Causeath me to want money sooner therefore
I desire you will Pay it to the barer and he will Give
you a Receit for me —
    From your Hble Svt
    Micah Marsland

author MASTER LEGH [THE YOUNGER]
1765

To
mr Orford
      new page
                delatay Street
Mr Orford        July 25 — 65
    I rec~d yours As [corrected] mr Legh is come
into ye Country I wish you wd write to me in his
Franks instead of sending ym to mr Keck & also
I %wish you wd get a few for Birchall you need not
be in a hurry abt ym, as I shall send him some of
mr Keck's franking. I shall indict ye Overseer of
Heanor & his assistance for driving out Shipley from
his Cottage & bring [corrected] an Act{*}. agst ye freeholders
for Cutting down ye Gardenfences.
    I %am glad to hear Fazakerley will purchase
newhall I shall not be able to sell it before next
term the more purchasers for it ye better.
moses Hildick certainly had ye Spring as Bellase
said he deliverd it himself
    I'm yours L Master

author MASTER LEGH [THE YOUNGER]
1767

To
mr Orford

[Accounts in different hand omitted]
      new page
mr Orford
        Sepr 21 — 67
    I have just recd yrs & by it
find Hon. A Legh is much alarm'd wch
she has no Occasion for, as ye Children
are both very well, tho ye youngest has
been a [corrected] little indispos'd.
    I wish you wd write to ye Spring maker
of ye post Chaise to bring ye Spring yt
was deliver'd to him to Chester this
fair for I dont see why I shd loose it
as it was deliver'd to him by Billase
ye Carrier wch he says he'll prove
    I %am yr Hble Sert
    L M
Sepr 21 — 67
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you'll give Cousin A Legh y{*} Enclos'd
    I intended to have sent a Letter to mr Legh
wch I've wrote to_night but will defer it
till to_morrow's post.

author MATHIAS ?S
1775

To
Mr. Richd- Orford
at Haydock
Present

[Scribbles omitted]
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My Good Friend

    Inclosed you have a %line to your Lord
which after perusall you approve off I beg the favour
of your presenting if ^you^ disapprove of any_thing in it
pray correct it and return it me by the Bearar my %son
I dont in the least doubt of your concurrence & am
    Dr. Sir Your Most Obliged h~mble
    Servt.
    S: Mathias
Warrington
Augst. 15. 1775.

author MEARS DAVID
1778

Mr. Orford
Lyme
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Sir

    In Mr. Cooke's absence (who went to Town on Friday last)
I have received and opened your Letter, and will communicate the
contents by tomorrows post to Mr. Cooke, and expect I shall in a
few days have his directions about the abstract &c you mention.
In the Interim you may be assured I will take Care of the
Settlement and Award —
    I rec~ed a Letter this day from Mr. Cooke wherein he
informs me that he expects to be at home in abt. a fortnight from
the date thereof the 2nd. Inst. —
    I am Sir
    Your very hble Serv{*}.
    David Mears.
Macclesfield 6th March
1778 —

author MELLING MARGARET
1785

Mr. Richd. Orford
at Lime-Hall
Cheshire.
[Postmarked Wigan]
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Sir
    I take the Opportunity of returning you my
sincere thanks; and shall allways acknowledge to be beholden
in the highest Degree. sent your Letter to Mr. Porter the Day
after by my Banksman. he told him he wou'd write to you in
a few Days after; in regard to the Colliery, he said it was out
of his Power to promise a Lease to me, as it was fixt to
Work 'em themselves, but I believe it is entirely put to
Mr. Porter himself to order as he thinks proper, so that if he
was so good Natured might grant me one without Dispute.
In regard to the Subscription, said he wou'd do something handsome
himself, and wou'd likewise Solicit all his Acquaintance with it.
I do not Doubt but you will do your Endeavour, so remain
    your most Humble and
    most Obedient Servant
    Margaret Melling.
Whirley Sepr. 13th. 1785.

author MELLING RICHARD
1773

        Hodock
Sr:
1773
Septr:
10 [in margin]    I Resd: yours & Cannot posoble
Weat of you be_fore monday ^Sonday^ the 19th
at which time Ile watee of you
at the Whit lion wi{*} in Stopart a_Bout
2 a Clock in the after_noon & Hops
to Bring your Justes With me
Ime Sr: yours &c: Ricd: melling

[Accounts in different hand on other side of paper omitted]

author MERCER JOHN
1789

For
Mr Richard Orford
Lime Hall near
Disly Cheshire

with Speed — Singal Sheet

D{***}ba{*}

[Notes in different hand omitted]
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        London April — 12 1789
Dear Uncal
    I Hope that these few Lins will find you in
Good Health As I Am at preasant thang God
for hit And I Am Surprised At My Uncal Iohn
That I have not Received An %answer [possibly A nanswer] to the 2 Last
Lettars I sent Down witch 1 had A note for him
to Receive 20 of Matthew Knowles that I put in
the hands of Joseph Knowles of London for to place
It to that 14 that I Left In Ather his hands or
Yours. As You sayd it mayd no diffarence wethar
I had A Recett from witch I want to send 6 more
Down As soon As posiball for frayd of Loosing
Hit As I Have 17 by mee at this time And
It Is to mutch for to have in A Lodging Espicaly
In thiss Town As I have had 2 Loaves of Sugar by
Mee sum time for to send Down to You As soon
As I Could get the Direction But Eather the
Lettars Mist or hee wass bad or neglect I
Could not tell what to think of hit witch I am
Rather Uneasy frayd Lest hee should not have got
the Mony But I have sent 2 Loaves Down to
the Care of Mr Joseph Chatterson Howlane near
Disly Cheshire As I Light of A man that Gave
Mee that Direction in this town And sayd it would
Get to You, I have been here ever since I was
At Howlane witch his 1 Year And and I have
Sayved bettar than 30 In that time As thang God
I Light on very well and kept my_self from
Drinking ^as mutch As I Could^ As the Master took to mee and kept
Mee in work As there is A Great Meny out of
Work As hee Imploys About 20 or 30 hands
In the sumar and turns them of to 7- or 8 in the win^ter^
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As It Is A Great Deal Bettar A Place than
Lancashire for Gett_ing Monnay As I have 3S..6D A %Day
And 3 Pints of Porter Most General ^& makes from 6 to 10 Days a week^ And not
halph so hard work As It is in Lancashire nor
Does not work halph so fast But there is not
so Good work here As there is in to_wards
Manchestar or that Contarry by A Great Deal
As I wish I had stay A Manchestar A Littal
Wile Longer for to have Lernd that Buisans
As I have A Great Notision of Going to Philadel^phia^
Soon for A few Years And a nothar Yong man
A_Long with Mee But I would Rather now of
A Playce Before I Sat of Jf I Could of any Rate
& then I should be sure wen I Got there of Work
As If that You node of any Merchant that wanted
2 for to Go over I Should be Glad of the Place if
That It was A_Greeable to You As I Supose [corrected] I Could
In A few Years Get Sufficant for to maintain mee
As [corrected] 15 A Year Is As mutch As I Can Save
Here if I Could Keep in Constant Imploy
As that Is All A Chance And 6 A Year
Is As mutch As I Could Save In Lancashire
As I Am Almost tired of Wandring A_Bout
First one Master and then Anothar I mean
the Places were we Go A working to &c no more
As I ham in haste for My time is out I must
Go to work And so Excuse my Ritting Plase
Rite As soon As You have Received Your Sugar
And hard from ^my^ Uncall Iohn wethar hee has
Received the Mony or no And how I must send
the Other Down But I Could like to hear
of A playce soon As posiball if it be A_greeable
    to you
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    Please Remembar mee to my Ant and
All my Cosins and My Uncall Iohn
And wethar hee Received the Lettar with
the Bill in and a nothar since as I have
had no Answer since — from Yours &c Iohn
Mercer

Note / Direck to Mee At N~o 43
Portpool Lane nigh Hatton Garden —
Holborn London —

author MERCER JOHN
1790

To
Mr Richard Orford
How lane Nigh
Stockport Cheshire
with speed
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        London August 2 1790
Dear Uncal
    I Hope that these few lins will find you and
Your family in Good Health as I am At preasant
thang God for It The Reason of mee not Riting
To you soner I thought of Coming down the
Begining of sumar But now it is got
So far in Sumar I Suppose [corrected] not to Com
Down than Cristmas and then I mayn to
Com Jf please God But I Could like to Heare
Weather You have hard from Mr Masters
Or Any Part in the West Indies that
Would Anser [corrected] my Purpos As I Could like
to Go verry well If I Could lite of A pl{*}ce
that would Anser As I am In A Prittay Good
Place At preasant As If I had not Bought
Cloaths Since I Rote to You I should had Upards
of 30 by mee now And I have had A Lettar
from A Quaintance of mine Concerning my father
As I thought I would let You see It If I had nown
Hee Could A sould It I Could like to A Bougt:
It As I Desire You will Rite As soon As
You Can to mee And Let Mee now how it is
And so no more from Yours &c Iohn Mercer
    Note I Would Rather You would not
Mention Who It Was that Leet mee now

[Letter to John Mercer attached]

author WILLIAMSON WILLIAM
1790

To Jno Mercer
Millwright in Port
pool Lane No 43
Near Leather Lane
Holburn
London
with speed
[Postmarked Prescot]
      new page
        July 28 1790
Cousin John I hope these few lines will find you in good health
as they left mee and all my famely in at presant thank god
for it but i am very sory that i cant get a line from you of
so long a time as i have not had a line from you this 8 or 9
months and i thinks it a long %time for i have wrote to you 3. or 4
times and never have had any answer from you and it makes
mee very uneasy as i thinks you have not receeved them or
elce you dond chuse to write to mee no more but i should be very
glad you would send mee a few lines by the return of post
or as soon as you have an oppertunity or i shall take
it very unkind of you my brothers and sisters and Their
famelys are all in good health your granmother is in good
health consithering her age and your father and his
famely are all in good health but i thought it proper
to aquaint you that your father has sold the frunt
pue in farnworth Church that i allways thought
had belonged to your land but i ashure you that it is sold
and John Ackers is the purcherer of it for robard hodkin^son^
Aturny in prescot it was sold about a fortnight [corrected] since
for 15 and the mony paid and i believe gon and i hard
that he had sold 15 or 20 pounds worth of timber of that
land for i hard that he had scarce left anything that
would make a swippow in the whole estate i think that
the back pue was sold be_fore you went to london and i
thought that he could not have sold both but he has sold all
that he can sell except he can sell the land my neighbours are
all in good health and desires to be remembered to you my
wife and my brothers and sisters desires to be rememberd
to you and pray receive the same from your ever
sincere friend and wellwisher William Williamson

author MILLER H
1778

To
Mr. Richd. Orford at
Esq{*}. Legh' at Lyme
near Buxton
Cheshire
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Mr. Orford        {*...}n [torn off] 13th. Feb{*}. 1778
Sir
    This day a Gentleman Call'd at the
Warehouse with a Letter wherein you desire'd that
Only half the Quantity of Glass shoud be Sent, which
Came to Late for the Glass is all Cut & the Boxes made
and Wou'd have been Sent Ere this only Waited for
the return of Bass' Waggon as you desired it might
be Sent. by him. I Shall Send you the One half by
Saturdays Waggon & yr. Answer p~ %return of Post. whats
best to be done about. the rest of yt. Order as its
An Out [corrected] of the Way Size
    I. am Sir for Mr Brooks
    yr hle. Sert.
    H Miller
Window Glass Warehouse
Exeter Change

author MILLNER RALPH
1782

Mr. Alford
Howlane
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        Manchr. Septr. 7th — 1782
Sr

    Peter Lee Esqr's. Coachman
Call'd on me this day with Orders
from his Master to Enquire after the
Bay Horse — It give me to understand
that Doctor Jackson had perhaps
for_got that I Call'd at his House on
the 1st. of September to Inform him
Peter Lee Esqr. horse Died Early on the
31st day of August I asked him if
he Could Let You know he told me
he was going to Lime the next day
and would acquaint You of it —
the Nol Bone & some of the Rack Bones
of the Neck being so much fractured
that it Brought on a Mortification in
that part & proceeded down the other
Rack Bones of the neck & along the
Vertebre's of the Back & Loins & the
processes of the Holy Bone & the tale he
died in a Most shocking Condition —
it surprises me very much that the
horse was ever able to stand after he Recd.
his wound — from Your H~ble Sert
    Rah. Millner

author MILNE JOHN
1790

Mr. Rich [possibly superscript torn off] Orford
How Lane
to be left at ye. Ram's head
Disley
Chessire
Post paid
[Postmarked Manchester]
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Kind Sir
    Mr. Dewhurst having informed
me last Week of a Vacancy @ Stockport
for an Officer to the Sherriff, my Wife
waited on her Bro~r immediately after. to
desire him to stand as a Bondsman to
the Sherriff who said he had no Objection
to do it, in Conjunction with You, and
desires me to inform You of it, and request
Your Assistance therein upon the same
Conditions as have been before proposed
to give You an Indemnity, Your Compliance
will confer a lasting Obligation, and ever
be most gratefully remembered — Mr
Newton of Stockport is the Under Sherriff
and with whom the Appointment rests,
and wod. You so far Condescend to drop
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him a Line, I am apt to think it wod-
much Accerlerate the Bussiness, and
likewise be a means of preventing the
Office from being prefered to some_one else,
    I am Sir with the greatest
    Respect Your much Obliged
    Hume Servt
    Iohn Milne
Higher Ardwick near Manchester
Augt- 18{*} — 1790

author MOORE HENRY
1779

Mr. Orford
Haydock
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        Winstanley 27 June 1779
Dear Sir
    Received Your favour with the Jnclos'd
form, which I will take the first time
that offers to let my Master see it
and am
    Dear Sir
    Your Very Hble Servt.
    Henry Moore

author MORECOCK CATHARINE
1789

Mr: Orford Lyme House
Near Stockport
Cheshire
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        London 21th of May 89
Sir

    I hope you will Parden the Liberty I have Taken
In writing to you, but when I Came to Berming^ham^
I was Chard one pound five which I was Obligd
To pay, & which I am Clearly out of pocket Unless
You will pleas to get the mistake Rectefide
& Remits me the money, I thought it Write
To make the bookkeeper give me a Recept
Which I have Inclosd for your Satisfection
They tould me the mistake must be Made
at Manchester, Sir I have the plesure to Tel
You I had a verey plesent jurney I Came from
Leek to bermingham with a verey polite Young
Gentleman One that knew you perfectly Well
And Spoak verey highly of Miss Orford
Sir pleas to Direct to me to be Left at Mrs:
Iones no 3 king Edward Street blackfriers Bridge
& I Shall have it verey Seaf, Sir the favor of
Remiting my Respeckt Complements, to all the good
Foalks Inclosd wi^t^hin the Hospitable walls of Lyme house
    Will greatly Oblige your Humble
    Servant Catharine Morecock

[Attached receipt not transcribed]

author MORRIS JOS.
1788

Mr. Orford.
Lyme
near
Stockport.
[Postmarked Liverpool]
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Mr. Orford        Liverpool. 16th. Augst 1788
Sir
    Mr Hesketh who left Home today
directed me to inform you that the
Parchments you left at his House Hee
will send you by the first safe Conveyance
with that of Mr. Gerrards. —
    J am Sir
    Yr. very hum Servt
    Jos Morris

author ?MORTON HENRY
1778

To
Mr Richerd Orford
at his
House Marple
Cheshire

[Scribble in different hand omitted]
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        Healer Sber 1th 1778

Sir this may let you know that Ioseph Bagshaw paid Henry
swindel — 73 on the 18th of march, and is to pay 27 more
upon demand, for which he is to receive his Jnterest in
du Security for the 100 which Swindel advanced upon the credit
of the Turnpikes
    Three gui{****} and a half of light money must be deducted out
of the last years Jnterest of swinde{*} money the revertion
of which Jnterest J desire mr Cooper and you to Balance between
my son swindell and Bagshaw and to Send the Ballance with
Bagshaws Security, Bagshow must have Jntrest from the
18th of march till midsumer 1778 for his 73 when his
security is to commence
    I am with all due
    regard, Dear Sir your
    Most Hble Servant
    to Command Hon Morten
P S my compliments
with the few poor lines
which J promised to
Mr Cooper

author MOSELEY MARY
1779

Mr Orford
Lyme

[Notes in different hand omitted]
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        Clifton Septembr- 13th 1779

Sir
    I hope you will Excuse the Liberty I have
taken in wrighting to you, miss Legh as discharged
me this morning — and I think mr Orford will be
kinde anuff to See my Boxs, properly Corded and
derected to Send to BromsGrove, I Shall be Glad to have
them by the frirst Corrier I am not at all in a hurry
for my Choths — but it will be Sattesfaction to
miss Legh — the Expence of the Correge — as her Servant
man is to Call at my friends in bromsgrove to pay for
them when they return home, which m^a^y be in 9 days
or a fortnight — poor mr Atherton now keeps is bed
and Mrs Atherton it is not possable She can Get home
a_Live — my mrs and and me as parted very Great friends
but as Given me no reason why She as parted with
me She as nothing at all to Charge me with and desierd
I would not ask her — I am a_fraid there is some Under
handed doings or other [corrected] a_bout three weeks a_go She
told me that She intended to part witth me and desierd
I would provide my_Self for a Nother place and she
would Give Me a Good Carrachter and do anything to Serve
me — but my regard for her was so Great — that I was
Like the poor men that Go to be hangd, wished for
a repreeve and took no notis of it — till She told
me I must leave her Such a day — as She had a Nother
purson a Comming in my place, which I expect her
evry minnet to come by the London Coach to Brister
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I have Left the house a_bout an hower and am at
a house Goinin to Mrs [corrected] Gilberts — I keep up my
Sperrits as well as I can — w^h^en one door is Shut there
is a Nother open — I am now in a mileners Shop and
and Shall Stoy here till Such times I here of Some_thing
more to my advantage — the Ladys that I Now work with
hare at Clifton bath and London evry Year — this
Season is almost Over — and then they Go to bath for
three months — and from thence to London — that you
See I Shall be both Getting — and im_proveing my_Self [across line break]
— and as I Shall be at bath and london Shurely
I Shall meet with Something to my advantage I
Shall Go in a_bout a fortnight to broms Grove to meet
my box's and Settle my things — and from there to bath
I have to Boxs, that I have the keys of them I intend
Shall Come as they hare if I was at Lyme I could
manage to put all my things in them be_Side what I
Should part with but as I donte Chuse to Send my keys
must beg you will Get a Slite Case made, and I will
Get mrs Hancock to pack wat trumpery I have left
which I have Som_thing in evry drore betty Cooper
will tel you all that be_longs to me, Shall be glad if you
will Get them from the house as Quiet and as quick
as you can, I told miss Legh I must have an a_dishonall
Case to put my things in, She Says mrs Hancock will
put evry_thing up for me, please to Send the inclosd to
her derectly I cannot Give you directions yet
please to Give my Service to all at Lyme in Generall
and I Sincearly wish them all their healths and hapiness
please to Give my respect to mrs [corrected] Orford and the Little
ones. and pray remember me to your Sister and brother
hope I Shall here She is Got a_bout a_Gain —
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    I beg mr orford you well write to me the moment the
things is packt and derect it to mr atherton and inclose
me a frank to your_Self as mr Atherton may Not be
Capable of wrighting a Great while and I Should like
to let you no I have my Boxs [corrected] Safe — miss Legh as paid
me my full wages She will draw upon you when she
returns — hope Mr Orford will Excuse all faults as
I am not very fit for wrighting at presant so must
conclude with Evry Good wish a_tending you and your
fomily. from your much obliged — Humble Servant
    & Friend
    m: moseley
P S
mrs Grigg Compliments to all
at Lyme as my Friends hare moovd
I cannot Give a proper direction
where my Boxs, hare to be Sent in bromsgrove
but beg you will Get them a_way from the house
as fost a possable as you may expect almost
evry day I Should be Glad if you will See
mrs Hancock your_self the new maid is
com — or at least the Companion, I hope you
will write [corrected] to me by return of the post
and Send me a frank, I Shall Send for my
Boxs. be then they hare reddy
please to derect to mr Atherton —

author MOSELEY MARY
1779

Mr Orford Peter Leghs Esqr
Lyme Disly
Cheshire
by Buxton
[Postmarked Bristol]
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        Clifton Septmbr, ye, 26th, 1779

[In different hand, probably Orford's]
Mrs. Mrs. Mosley
at Mrs. Chapeau's
Bromsgrove
Worcestershire

Sir
    I was in great hopes you would have
Sent me a frank as I whas afraid I Could not
get one but have had all my letters derectd to mr Athert^on^
and I meant it to Save the expence, but now wish I had
not waited so long. Shall be Glad if you will Send my Boxs
imadiately derected to mrs Chapeau Bromsgrove Worcestershi^re^
not to me, I intend being in bromsgrove nex friday my
Compliments to mrs Swindall tel her when She Comes to bath
Shall be Glad to See her as She Comes threw Bromsgrove
ither of the inns they Stop at is within to or three dores
if She will ask for [word crossed out] Mrs Chapeau [corrected] they will no the Name
perfectly please to Give my best respects to mrs Hancock and
tell her that I am quite Sorry She as had so much trouble
but as it was a case of Nessec^i^ty [corrected] beg She will excuse it and if I
had thought this would have hapned before they returnd to
^Lyme^ I would have Saved her that trouble, She might have told
me [the greater part of the line crossed out] as She was let into
that Secret, I hope she is in better health then she was when
I Saw her I belive I Shall Not Go to london till after Cristmass
please to Give my Service to all my fellow Servants in Generall
I now bid them all a farwell; I think I Shall tier you with
my Scrall, as it is as much as I can do to hold my pen I have
such a violent cold but hope I Shall be able to go a freday I
will now only add my best respects to mrs Orford and thank
you for all your trouble when you have {*} read the Contents
please to burn it and you will much o_blige your [word crossed out]
    friend and Hamble Servant
    m moseley
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belive me I Should not send you this if if I was
Capable of wrighting one much better —

author MOTTERSHEAD MATTHEW
1774

To
Mr. Orford
at
Lyme
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Sir
    In the Year 1766 the late Mr. Gaskel caused a Writ to
be Issued against Ioseph Lucas, my master was then at
Bath, and I wrote to him upon that occasion, and he
orderd me to Agree it for Ioseph Lucas, and to pay Mr.
Gaskel the Debt, which I did upon ye. 29th. of November that
same Year, the Agreement was made at Succo, and I
there paid the Money, and the Entrey in my Accts. is as
follows. Pd Mr. Gaskel in Discharge of the Debt and Costs
due to him from Ioseph Lucas 8L:4s:4D this is the real
fact and State of the Case I %am Sir
    Your Humble Servt.
    Mattw. Mottershead
Adlington
May ye. 7th. 1774

author MOTTERSHEAD MATTHEW
1774

To
Mr. Orford
at
Lyme
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        Adlington Iune ye. 13th 1774
Dear Sir

    On ye. 13th. of May 1772, I gave your Master Credit for
10L, being one Years Arrears of Tithe Rent for the Mannor
House and Park, due at Midsumer 1770, I then being
immediately to Settle my Accts., and to Account for that
Years Rental, so as I had not then oppertunity of sending
to you for the money, I wou'd not return it in Arrear for that
Year, and I never recd. the said 10L untill ye. 23d. of October
following, the time you mention in your Letter, it being one
half of ye. 20L you then remitted to me, and if my Receipt
then Expressed those 2 Years Payments to be due at Midsumer
then last, I %do assure you it was wrong, for it ought to have
said due Midsumer 1771. I desire you will recollect your_self
further as to this Affair, and I make no doubt but you will
be satisfyed we are now right, according as I have Expressed
in my last receipt (visy.) Two Years Tithe &c. due Midsumer
last. If we saw each other as often as your last predecessor,
and I did, I apprehend we shoud not run into these
misundstandings. I beg you will favour me with a Line when
convenient. I am Dear Sir
    Your most Hble Servt.
    Mattw Mottershead

author MOTTERSHEAD MATTHEW
1775

To
Mr. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
Sir
    Pursuant to Ann Masons request, I have
herein Inclosed my Receipt for the Money. wch.
please to send to her when oppertunity offers I
am Sir
    Your Hble Servt.
    Mattw. Mottershead

Adlington
Sepbr. ye. 30th. 1775

author MOTTERSHEAD MATTHEW
1777

To
Mr. Orford
Lyme
      new page
Dear Sir

    My Masters Walch Slates in the bottom Pains
of his Sash Windows, were had from Liverpool, and
were pickt out of a Quantity, but the were
polished here. I have forgot what the Cost. I think
you may meet with some, at Stockport or Manchester,
as both them and Cumberland are got more com~on,
than the were when my Masters were had I am
    Dear Sir
    Your most Hble Servt.
    Mattw. Mottershead
Adlington
Novbr. 8th. 1777

[Accounts in different hand omitted]

author MOTTERSHEAD MATTHEW
1779

To
Mr Orford Steward
at
Lyme
      new page
        Adlington 24 April 1779
Sir
    I suppose you have not forgot, that I told you
some time ago of the Affair of Iohn Mountford, a
Miller at Prestbury; who was a Bastard and Died
Intestate, whereby his Personal Estate fell to the King,
and his Lands to the Lords of the Manors the lay
in. To witt A House & above 2 Cheshire Acres of Land
in Mottram Andrew, fell to the late Mr. Wright; and
a Woman, one Wild went to him immediately
after his Death, and pretended she was the said
Mountford's next of Kin, and he gave her 30L: but
it was soon after proved, that what She had asserted
was not true, however as She had got the Money
there was no calling it back. He had also a
House, and Barn, and about the same Quantity of
Land in Butley, which fell to my Master, and upon
farther Inquirey he had 2 Nephews living (Isaac
Downs and Ionathan Downes) who proved to be his
next of Kin. And my Master gave them a Lease of the
said House, and Land for their joint Lives, and the
Survivor of them. And I assisted them in Applications
to the Lords of the Treasuary, for obtaining a Royal
Grant of the Personal Estate, and after offering
several Petitions, it was given to them the said Isaac
Downes and Ionathan Downes. Now as your Master
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got 2 Small Closes of Copyhold Land in Bollington, by the same Chance,
they the said Isaac [underlined in red] Downes and Ionathan Downes, do intend to wait
upon your Master, to beg he will be pleased to give them some_thing:
as it is a Similer Case with the before mentioned I do not doubt but
he will I am Sir
    Your Hble Servt.
    Mattw. Mottershead
I wrote to you by my Mistresses orders
sometime ago, to desire to know what
her Chair Cost, and who the money is
to be paid to, but I have not had any
answer. I shall be glad to receive a Line
the first oppertunity

[Note in red in different hand, probably Orford's, which presumably refers to "Isaac":] at Heny. Bibby's George & dragon

author MOTTERSHEAD MATTHEW
1781

Mr. Orford
Lyme
      new page
Dr. Sir

    I am Sorry that I, and your Messenger, made such
a Blunder, as to return him back without the
Receipts. I remember I gave them into his Hands,
and afterwards took the last back to alter the Date,
but I did not in the least Suspect, but he had
taken them both up again, untill after he was
gone, I returnd to my Room and found them,
when too late to call him back. The Bill for the
Chair is 10L:17s:6D in my Accts: I suppose by your
mentioning it, I did not give you the Ballance
which I have intirely forgot, but it shall be
settled the first time we meet, and I am
    Dr. Sir your most Hble Servt.
    Mattw. Mottershead
Adlington
9 Novr 1781

author MOTTRAM PETER
1762

For
mr alford at
Lime

[Upside down in different hand, probably Orford's]
Mr. Mottram [corrected] with
a letter to my master
to be a Pallbearer to
Lady warren —
rec~ed Decr. 15. 62
Ans~ Do
      new page
Sir

    Not knowing if the Inclosed will
meet with Mr Legh at Lime or not, I take the liberty
to inclose it to you: It is to desire Him to be be at
this place to attend the Funeral of The Lady
Eliz Warren as a Pall Bearer on Wednesday
next. If You can get me an Answer by Saturday
next I shall be much obliged to you
    J am
    Your Humle. Servant
    Peter Mottram
Stockport 15 Decemr. 1762



[The letters of John Orford are given in approximate chronological order, rather than their present order in storage.]

author ORFORD JOHN
1762

        Newton Febr. 2d. 1762
Dear Bro~r.
    Yours of the 31st. I recd this day
My Sister Continues but very poorly yet but I
hope time will bring her about again, —
    I have been turning our ground to another way till
what I was mentioning to thee the last time thou
was over, the Town seems to complain very mutch
against Hen: Lawson for the usage he offers to them
he says they shall pay him 1..15S P~ every Cow he
takes into score, — I have last night Obliged number
of them more then by giving them ever %so mutch
I agreed with 16 of them to put into Balls Park
everyone of them one Milking Cow at one pound ten
each which makes 24 which I hope it will doo as
well as plowing or better considering the Ground will be
so mutch the better for Plowing the Year following. —
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The rest of the Ground as follow's, — the 6 Acre which
was Marled the last year the Hers Coppey that was Marl'd
the year before 8 Acre, Sudworth's Close that was Wheat ye.
year before 5 Acre, — and Dambels Close stuble 3 Acre, and
I think to plow the house field which is 3A. 3/4R which I think
will be sufficient for Oats this year. —
    For Summer work's/    The 16 Acre which was limed and the
other part of the upper end of Sudworth's Close —
    For mowing/    I think the Sudworth's Close which us 6A: will
mow very well, Dambels Close 2d. Year of Clover is 8A. the
pushed field 2d. year which is 2A: Dambels Close bottoms is 1A. —
Lodg Close Querey whether it will mow or not 5A: — 17A wth. out it
Pasture /     the too 4 Acres Little and great Grice Close Bottoms
Pits and Amber Coppey the Rough Grounds to Eddens 5 Acre and the
3 Sixteen Acres the whole I think is 45 or 6 Acres. —

author ORFORD JOHN
1762

For Peter Legh Esq~r.
Mem~r. of Parl~m.
at Lyme in
Cheshire
P~ Manchester
      new page
Bror.
    makes me mention the plowing of ye.
house field is that the hors Coppey and it
will be very proper for Summer Workes the
Year following, — let me know what thou
thinks of thiss. — — as to me not Writing
about Raplh buying your Beans, is I was
with him last wednesday and he had bought
you none at that time but expected to buy
some in a day or too, I will let thee know by the
next post after Wednesday which he may
very possabley buy some tomorrow at Warrington
There will a Box with some Close be at the
Carriers tomorrow, — Cousin Ales Birchall
Chuses Manchester but wants to know what
sort of a place it is.—
    I am Your Affect. Bror.
    J~no. Orford

[on the reverse, the following note by Richard Orford:]
My Bror.
Abt. Management [this word seems to be corrected] of
the Estate
Reced Feby 9. 62
Ans. — 10.62

author ORFORD JOHN
1762

        Newton May 22d. 1762
Dear Bro~r.
    I hope before thou receives this thou
will have thy bag~s at hand, we have but had very bad
Races, My horse Continues still very lame, When the Docr.
and I comes I know not, Our Markets are advancing very
mutch, the flowr I sold a 25 is now in selling at 29 Wheat is
not to be bought under 25 or 6 and expecting it still higher
Meal not to be had for Money, last Monday it was at 25
the next they expect it to be at 30, Wigan yisterday
was pritey high I bought a Load in the Market for 27 &
Sold for 29S.6d the Same but I think that was the
top partty of that Market, I am going this Morning
to ye. Hall Bold to see Mr. Hage he has a large qnt.
of both good Wheat and Oats with an Intent to buy
them if I can, but I will let the know by the night
post how I have gone on, Pray how gose Sister on,
    I am Your Aff~t. Bro~r. J~no. Orford

[on the reverse the following note by Richard Orford:]
My Bror. about
Carn Rising —
Rece~d May 24. 62
Ans~. Do

author ORFORD JOHN
1762

To
Mr, Orford
at
Lyme
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        Newton July 24th. 1762
Dear Bro~r.
    I was at Liverpool on Thursday last but found
that the Derby malt woud not take there, they have a good deal
of Cawrn comen in, likewise some Malt but there is nothing
to be done in the Markets at present, I was likewise at Wigan
yisterday and asked M~r. Anderton how that Countrey Malt
woud take there and he said it woud not do for the publick
houses as they had so small Stocks and that it will not
be fit to draw on till more Age which they will not
Buy of it, he said they woud not give the price the do for
ours by a Shilling or 2 at ye. Load, so that if it is in
they powr to sell it to any advantage is mutch better
till taking the Trouble to send it here, the prices I
Wrote thee word on Wednesday Meal yisterday lowerd
to 1—8S— and 1—10S— Wheat still takes from 24 to 26 S
P~ load, We shall have some Cawrn ripe the next week
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which if Meal takes this price woud not be a_miss to make a few
as soon as possable I get them off the Ground but our Markets are
very unsettled at present, — I have done prity well amongst the
hay grass for I have sett~ to the Value of 59 or there_abouts which
will doo very well at the time of the Year it is to be paid, I think
not to do any more amongst the Cawrn at present as it is like
to be a falling market there will be nothing got by it, I think to
Sow the 6 Acre with Turnaps Immediatly as soon as the Oats is
got off which if I can get a Crop will be very like for Barley the
Year following

[on the reverse the following note by Richard Orford:]
My Brother
Reced July 27. 62

author ORFORD JOHN
1762

Dear Bro~r.
    I gave you a Letter from Bolton on
Monday last and from home on Saturday Morning, I was
to have sent by Hosker but they was gone about an hour
before I got there, — I let thee know in both Letters that
I had disposed of 50 Loads and to a Chap as good as the
Bank and that he was to pay all expence and Carriage
only that I was to let him have 10 Sacks and he is to give pro{*}s
1 Shilling P~ Load, and for the rest I know not what to say
I think it cannot loos anything the [word crossed out] Barley in our
Countrey is Surprisingly mended oats is very thin
but nothing is to be sould in our Markets at this time
peraps thou knows him he sould you Malt to New hall
I think he then lived in Rochdale at that time, but
now at the horse shew in Bolton his name is Joseph
Popelwell which he desired his Complimts., we have Cut
an Acre before this day but are now begun for good
and shall be very Buisey
    I am Your Afft. Bro~r. J~no. Orford
[on the reverse:]
My brother abt.
Malt being Sold
&c
Reced Augt,. 62
Ans P~.
[and another note in pencil:]
The 10 Sacks went P~ Rodgers
on Wednesday last

author ORFORD JOHN
1762

To
Mr. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
        Newton Sepr. 25th. 1762
Dear Bro~r.
    We had M~r. Lee's sone at
our House to know who we woud have the Leas
maid {*...} [tear in page] which I told him I thought thee, and
whether there was any Building upon it or not
which there was not, but if thou thinks anything
contrary shoud be done thou may Write to him
but it shoud be done very soon for the Leas will
be maid directly for if thou woud have the L{*...}
maid upon either Mother or me thou may Write
to Mr. Lees he has the old leas with him and
whether there cant, but I supose there can be
too lives added without making a new one but
of that thou knows best, — I think that
was not his meterial Business for he came
to desire me to keep him 2 Mairs with foles
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and a too Year old one which he Insisted so mutch
that I coud not well deny him but told him it woud be
very expensive in ans~. he told me he did not mind that
but he woud have them well took care of and that they
shoud have hay and Cawrn enough we can let them by
in the open ship an and to Charge by the Measr. for Oats
and by the night or Hundred for Hay and so on for the
Grass I did not make him a promise to take them but
peraps it may be as well, but shud not I give them
Act. of the expence before they bring them, — if thou wants
any Aples to keep send word the next week for we had none
at Home that will keep Mother is something better
    from Yours J~no. Orford
[on reverse:]
My Bror. abt. Mr.
Lees &c. —
Rece~d Sepr 25. 62

author ORFORD JOHN
1762

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
        Newton Satrd. Morning
Dear Bro~r.
    Yours P~ Cart I recd. last night
which found us all very well, — I have maid no bargin
and am fearfull I cannot in the time except I was
to throw him a_way for nothing, — We have had
very fine weather ever since you left Newton and
I think our Clover will come in this day or a
part of it, — I think to go for Chester in
Sonday after_noon and then I can show the Horse
on Monday and Come back afterwards that day,
you will receive your bags with Close P~ Cart
    I am Your Afft— Bro~r.
    John Orford
[on the reverse:]
My Bror. by the Cart
Rece~d Octr. 9. 62

author ORFORD JOHN
?1762

To M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
        Saturday Morning
Dr. Bro~r.
    Yours of the 29 came right to hand
I got very well home, but found Dr. Crouchley
down upon the Cawsey crossing the Common
as Ill drunk as ever man was, Mr. Goxall
and Cousin John was obliged to lead him Home
Richd. Boardman gave me your Watch at
Warrington fair which I will send by him who
drives the Cart, The Hefeirs and Sheep got very
well Home about 8 o'Clock, there never was
known a better fair at Warrington for fat beast
till it was, they was sould both very dear and all
of them was sould in less till 2 Hour's; and I think
if you coud buy me the up Headed Hefeir that
goes with that I bought and at the same price
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woud do very well 5 Guineas was the price of her; or if your
Butcher sees ever a good beef Cow that will be bougt Cheap let
him buy it for I think it will be sould well, —
    I did not receive your Letter till Thursday which if I had gone
then I shoud have had no opertunity of Going into ye. moors,
but shall go on Monday, — the Inclos'd Letter I recd. last
night, you may give me a Letter what to do in the Case
in what Method to put of ye. P. Mt. —
    Your Afft. Bror. John Orford
[on the reverse:]
My Bror. abt seting un
Acre in 6 Acre and Mr
Lees letter abt. his lease
Rece~d Dec~r. 4. 62 Nov

author ORFORD JOHN
1762

        Decr. 12th. 1762
Dear Bror.
    We have Mr. Garten over
which tould me you was well at Wimsloe
Wednesday last, — Mr. Lees and sone
was both over on the day mentioned which
was very merrey and good natur'd I atemted
to have stated the price of Mares and Colts
keeping, but in vain, for as soon as I menti^on'd^
them being Chargable, he gave me for Answer
he woud have them as well done to as might be
and any_thing I charged he shoud be very willing
to pay and be Obliged to me likewise
so that I thought it not right to say more —
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and about the Lease he told me he had brought it in ye.
Bags but the trouble he told me was nothing and that you
might call of him when you thought proper —
    I had this in my head to go in to Wales for Mr—.
Loyd a Gentleman that had a boy at Mr. Stirrups told
me that the best of Beef was now sould at 1d P~lb~ &
that Swine and other things in ye. like manner so
2 Months perap woud be to great advantage by his Act.
woud gain 15. or 20 by that same
      new page
it is not more till 1 days ride to
go there if so mutch therefore the Exp [loss of a letter?]
will not be great if nothing done
but give me your opinion upon it
when nothing is done one may dipend
there will be nothing to be had I dont
know whether I can have the Money or
not but If i can let me know what you
woud have me do in the Case
    Afft. Bror
    J~no. Orford
pray if the Black
Calving Hefeir bought

author ORFORD JOHN
1762

To
Mr. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
        Sat~r. Morning—
Dear Bror.
    Yours P~ Cart I Recd. last
night and likewise the Weeks before —
We are all very well and I gave you a
Letter on Monday last with the Content [some crossing out at the end of this word]
of your letter in it which I supose
is somewhere detaind but I expect you
will have rec'd before this. Mr. Lees was
very agreeable and told me any time when
you had an oportunity woud suit him —
his maizes he seem'd well pleasd with and
I begun to mention the value of Hay and
Cawrn and he told me that was not meterial
for anything I Charged he shou'd be glad to
to pay and be obligd to me for ye. favour
      new page
the Weather is the finest ever was known for the time
of Year, Markets as follows Meal from 29. to 30
Barley 4S Malt 35. Wheat by the Measr. from 24S.6d
to 25S.9d. Markets verys nothing neither is likley
    Mother desires ther Blessing and has sent you
a goose with your Close Your Afft. Bror
    J~no. Orford
[on the reverse side (in Richard's hand?) the following:]
My Br. two Letters
P~ Post & Cart abt.
his going into Walse
to buy Cattle &C.
Reced Decr. 18. 62
retn     — 19.62

author ORFORD JOHN
1771

To
Peter Legh Esqr. Memr. of Parlmt.
at Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
P~ Manchester
      new page
        Newton Park's June 19. 1771
Dear Bror.
    We have had very fine Rains but the weather
continues very could, I forgot to mention to you Thos. Widdows
Skines but tould him I had, he is almost in leabour for them,
I have been two different times at Warrington to see Miss Sale
about your consern, but to no purpass, She has promised me
that it should be done in a few days which I will see after,
We go very well on with our Marling only for the loss of a
few days by Rain, — The small Pox is very mutch amongst
us and of a Bad sort, I hope you are well at Home, —
    I am    your Afft. Bror.
    J~no. Orford

author ORFORD JOHN
1771

To
Peter Legh Esqr. Memr. of Parlmt.
at Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
P~ Manchester
      new page
        Newton Park's August 5th. 1771
Dear Bror.
    On Satd. I Bought the Horse I mentioned to
you, he is a yellow Chesnutt, Starr and snip, with 3 White feet
15 Hands high, 4 Years old rising 5, he hath a little too mutch
Bone in his Leg, and dose not Quite use them very well,
I do intend going to Norwitch tomorrow to see If I can get a
match to him as I am well asured Mr. Taylors is not the Colour,
I have bought this Horse very well worth the Money, either for
your Cart, or Coach, but am afraid I shall not have the opportunity
of serving you so well a second time, but will do my best
indeavours, if there is not one near Northwich shall not know
where to meet with a Match, but know there is a great maney of
the Colour there owing to the Chesnutt Horse being kept and Coverd
that Mr. Taylor former^l^y had,
    I am your very Afft. Bror.
    J~no. Orford

author ORFORD JOHN
1772

To
Mr— Orford
Lyme
      new page
Dear Bror
    I have not sent by the Bearer the
Accounts as Intending comming with Hen. Richardson
in about a Week or ten days to see thy Wife and Bett
at which time will bring them, should be glad to know
if you would have the Bills drawn along with me for
the Balance of Accounts, the Horses you Receive is
called Jolley, and Dragon, let J~no. Richardson know
the horse with hair upon his legs is to lead cal'd Jolly
other upon the Pair, —
    I am with Love to your Wife
    Your Afft. B~.
    J~no. Orford
Newton Park's
Feb~. 27th. 1772

author ORFORD JOHN
1772

For
Richd. Orford
[also on this side of the letter is a note in another hand]
No. 1—
      new page
        Newton Park's March 16th. 1772
Dear Bror.
    I will by next Post send you the Balan^ce^
of Wilds Accts. and should before only Hary Richardson
desired he might have the Cash, but he is gone this
day to Liverpool of Colecting, so that I shall have a
Bill tomorrow, — I was to have Recd. Birds Balance
Peacock is the person which is to pay the same and
will wait upon you with it, either Friday or
Satd. next, If Wyld sayth anything of it not being
paid sooner you may let him know that I ordred
Bradley to proceed against them but that he had
neglected, their is no charges upon it, I hope you
and Barrow got well to London, We have keener frost
at this time till of all Winter before, Pray how is the
markets with you, and Clovr. Seed, I am your very Afft. Br.
    J~no. Orford

author ORFORD JOHN
1772

R. Orford
[also on this side of the letter is a note in another hand]
No— 2
Coals Dungon House
      new page
        Newton Park's March 18th. 72
Dear Bror.
    You receive Inclosed three Bills one of
20— one of 50— and one of 105—16—10 which I think
will be wright all to a halfpen~y, but John Leech desir'd
his draft might not be offerd till Monday as he would
give advice of it that day, I have some thoughts of
[tear in page]g a present of Pork if a small pigg I have dyes
well or otherwise will not, — I saw Hen. Croft last night
which left your Wife and Children very well yisterd^ay^
morning very well, — pray mention the Cole to Jno.
Wyld, and also the taking down and rebuilding of the
dungeon as the Timber will serve again, I should be
glad to know if you have seen him, —
      new page
But I will write to you and him by Satd Post as I am afrd.
I shall miss this and be disconvenient to you pray exc haist
    From your very Afft. Bror.
    J~no. Orford
PS. I have also sent by this post the Rental Inclosd to you
with the same directions upon

author ORFORD JOHN
1772

M~r. Orford
[in a different ink, the following note]
No. 3
      new page
Dear Bro~r
    I hope you Recd. by last Post the
Rental and Drafts to the Balance, and I have by
yisterdays Coach sent a Side of Pork which I think
very good for Mr. Legh and J~n. Keck if you think
it will be exceptable, if not to whom you think most
Proper, should be glad to hear from you conserning
Wylds affairs if Convenient, I have not had it in
my power to send you any Sparlings ocasion'd
by the hardness of the Weather but will as soon
as possable, —
    I am your very Afft. Br.
    J~no. Orford
Newton Parks
March. 21s. 1772

author ORFORD JOHN
1772

R. Orford
[in a different ink, the following note]
No. 4
      new page
        Newton Park's March 23d. 1772
Dear Bro~r.
    Yisterday I Recd. yours of the 19th. past
Turner being with Wyld I suppose is about Peacock's affrs
as he tould me that he had wrote to him for to settle and
pay the Balance due from Birds Accts., I have a promisary
note against Pacock for the Balance if wanted, but suppose
he will have paid the same before this comes to hand, — —
If you think proper to mention to Mr. Wyld that I am
afraid Turner will not be a proper person [a word crossed out here] to Imploy
betwixt The Rector and him as he is doing his Business
at this time, — I hope you have Recd. the Rental and drafts
before this date and also will receive by Fridays Coach the
Pork I mentiond, will send sparlings by next Coach if they are
to be met with
    I am your very Afft. Bror.
    Jno. Orford

author ORFORD JOHN
1772

R. Orford
      new page
        Newton Park's March 29. 1772
Dear Bror.
    I Recd. yours and am very glad that you
continue well, — Their will be at Swan Lad. lane
on Wednesday about 3 o'Clock in the afternoon a Hundred
of Sparlings but they are very Sawsey I paid Ten Shilings
for them, — Inclosed you Receive an advertisemt.
pray would you have anything done at the sale but
am afraid you will scarse get a Letter back in time
I should be glad of Ye a Doz. Covers to Mr. Wyld and
if you was to get him the like Quantity to me but
dont put your_self out of the way as it is not very
meterial, I wrote to Mr. Wyld both by yisterdays Post
and this, conserning Peacock's settling and other things
which he will let you see
    I am your very Afft. Br
    J~no. Orford
      new page
Should be glad you would mention that all the farms are out of Lease
and to know his time he would chuse to have them lett for, —
J~ O

author ORFORD JOHN
1772

        Newton Park's June 24. 1772
Dear Bror
    Mr. Matthew Houghton hath a desire
to come over to see Lyme, upon which it was not convenient
for him till Tuesday, which Sister and others hath
posponed their comming till that time, their will
also one more of Houghton's Wenches come with
the rest till was before expected, I am with Respt,
to your Wife
    Your Afft. Br
    J~no. Orford

author ORFORD JOHN
1772

To
Mr— Orford
Lyme
      new page
Dear Bro~r.
    I only Recd. yours from Fairfield on
Monday night about 9 o'Clock and H Richardsons
at the same time, yours I also Recd. by Knowles,
I will Immediatly send as soon as I can from either
of the Persons, — Sister Wrote to me desiring I would
not send any Horses as they would chuse a more agreeable
method to be conveyed home, if they are not
left you before this Reaches pray let them know
their is no want of them at Newton every person
is Quiet and Well, We finish our Marling tomorrow
and have met with very good Marl
    I am your Afft. Br.
    J~no. Orford
Newton Park's..
July 9th. 1772

author ORFORD JOHN
1772

To
Peter Legh Esqr. Memr. Parlmt.
at Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
P~ Manchester
      new page
        Newton Park's Sepr. 9th. 72
Dear Bror.
    I have this day sent your Portmantle and
inclosed is the Key, we got yisterday at Ormskirk
Ten good Scotts for you, but the prices are not very
easy, Jno. Garton I do expect will go into morning
for Miss Potter was is now at Newton and is maried
to a man of 8 Hundred P~ Year as report is, pray how
is Jos. Burrows for they hear nothing of him, —
I am mutch afraid your Wifes Cloak would be hurt
as it was with dificulty got in
    I am your very Afft. Br
    J~no. Orford

author ORFORD JOHN
1772

Dear Br.
    I have done my indeavers but to
no purpass, but made use of a friend for 40—
finding you was mutch distressed, — I hope
your Wife Recd the Birds By Cart, we have a
very bad season of Weather, Sister hath a few pickle
ready for you when oppertunity to get them forward,d
I am to see Cousin Birchall on Sunday but no acct
of his leaving the Countrey, I have disposed of my
Blew Horse and If the horse of your motherinlaws
answers your discription should be very
glad of having him
    I am your very Afft. Br,
    J~no. Orford
Newton Parks
2 Oct~r— 1772

author ORFORD JOHN
1772

To
Mr— Orford
Lyme
[there are several pen trials on this page also, as follows]
abcd
ford
Orford
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        Newton Parks Octr. 6th. 1772
Dear Bror
    I Recd. yours last night and
also the Coult, but am under some aprehensions
that he is not quite so fine a one as you Imagined
him to be, but I have put a dressing upon his leg and
sent him to Haydock, but will take him back before
you come there, We have had a very bad day and I
ill prepared for it my Barly all abroad but about
two Acres which we got in this morning before the
weather broke but it is a fine evening and am in
hopes of howsing most part tomorrow, I was to
see Cousin Birchall on Sonday and he told me yt.
he set out from our Country on Thursday morning for
Manchester
    I am your Afft. Br
    J~no. Orford

author ORFORD JOHN
?1772

To
Mr— Orford
at Lyme
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        Newton Park's
        Monday morn~g.
Dear Bror
    I Recd— Yours by the Bearer
last night and very glad to hear of your little
ones doing so well, and in regard to Cash I have
been at Thos. Barrow this morning to let him know
that you had sent down his Note and would
be agreeable to him If you could pay the Cash to
to me the first opportunity that is convenient
to you, — I have also been at Miss Sale this
morning but without success, only very fine
promises as usal, her Bror. is gone this day
for Liverpool to Receive and am under promise
that I shall get the same from him upon his
Return
    I am Your very Afft. Bror,
    J~no. Orford
I will do my best Indeavour to get in the Cash for you
as soon as in my power

author ORFORD JOHN
?1772

Richd— Orford
Lyme
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Dear Bror
    I Wrote to you some time since but
did not Remember to mention that I had paid J~no.
Baxter the 20 you desired me and I dere ventr.
to say there is not 5 of the same left unspent
at this time, In %regard to Horrabin I am shure
that he will not answer your purpass tho unwilling
to say anything till I see you, his
Wife is not a very good looking person and a numb^er^.
of Little Children and he very fond of Gambling but
desire this may not be mentioned from me, —
Very bad harvest Weather here
    I am your Afft. Br.
    J~no. Orford
Newton Park's—
Wednesday night

author ORFORD JOHN
1773

To
Peter Legh Esqr. Memr. of Parlmt
at Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
P~ manchester
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Dear Bror
    Mr. Jackson    was at Warrington
to have seen you this day but finding you gone
desired me to Inclose the within and he hopes yt.
you will loose no time in giving the same
to his Tenant and dating it, — we are all very
well and Bett also I have a parcel come to our
house this day which I think is Silk of some
kind directed for you pray is it to be sent for
Lyme
    I am your Afft. Br
    J~no. Orford
Newton Park's
Sepr. 8th. 1773
Wm, Ardern is to have the preference of the Estate
if he thinkes the same will he of any service
but Mr. Jackson desire's your Ansr

author ORFORD JOHN
?1773

Mr, Orford
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Dear Bror
    I wrote to you for Mr Jackson on
Wednesday and directed it to your Master which I
expect will come safe to hand, — Sister desires your
Wife will send as mutch Check as will make a breadth
for they will not answer without
    I am your very Afft.
    Br. J. Orford
Friday Morng.

author ORFORD JOHN
1774

Mr— Orford
Lyme
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Dear Bror
    Pray have you done anything Conserning John
Merser as time is going on to little or no Purpass for
him, — Should be glad to know by next Post when
the show is at Chesterfield as I have some thoughts of
seeing it and suspect it is on the 27th. but if contrary
you peraps will know [gap in text due to wax seal] {*...} I am wright the best Horses
will be 25 and 6th
    I am Your very Afft. Br
    J~no. Orford
Newton Park's
Jany. 16. 1774


author ORFORD JOHN
1774

Mr— Orford
Lyme
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Dear Bror
    The Seal you was mentioning to
me about is a Head, full Cheek, Curled wig, Hunting
Cap with the resemblance of a Sharp peak before,
and the tie about it is devided behind Anglewise, —
I can send you the Impresion but am mutch afraid
it will be known from whence it came as I only
borrowed it from him as in haist to Seal a Letter
to Cousin Cloughton
    I am your very Afft. Br
    J~no. Orford
    Newton Park's
    Febr. 3d— 1774
I have not yet had it in my power
to get you some Writing but will as
soon as possable

author ORFORD JOHN
1774

Mr. Orford
Lyme
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        Newton Park's Feb. 7. 74
Dear Bror
    I Recd— yours by Lawrence,
and also the other you mention'd last night
from Haydock, I am no little surpris'd to
hear of your Horse being unsound, as he warrented
him, as such desire you will Write to Fantom
informing him of his Lamness and the Mark's
from where it proceeds and if he doth not chuse
to take him back that you will take such steps
that will be disagreeable in that case, desire
his ansr, see his Answer before you send him
down if you can,
    I am your very Afft. Br
    J~no. Orford
[on the reverse, the following draft letter to Fantom]
Mr Fantom
Sir
    My Brother bot. a %Horse for me at
Chesterfield fair which I understand was from you,
My Man was sent for him from Chapel in Frith
& on his Road said she was lame but my Bror.
left him at my house, the day after he was the
same, upon which on geting a person to examine
him found he had been lately bled in the brest
& Rowel'd under the same [over a word crossed out] which [another word crossed out] gave
great suspition it was an old gri^e^vence [e corrected to a?]
on which I wrote to my Bror informing
him, & by last post I Rece~d his Answer that
he bought him from you with a War^r^anty
^by promise^ of his being a Sound horse & paid a price
accordingly, but as I [word crossed out] believe the Horse
to be to the Contrary hope you'll take him
again, [insertion mark without text, to convert comma to semi-colon?] otherwise I will assist my Brother
& meet you ^at^ Derby assizes to Settle it
the affair. — Your Answer by return of Post
directed to me at Lyme Hall Cheshire will
oblige
    Sir
    Your Most hble Sert. R: O
[along side of next page is part of a sentence crossed out: or give a letter that you'll. This may have originally have been intended to be read where the insertion mark stands alone]

author ORFORD JOHN
1774

Mr. Orford
Lyme
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        Newton Park's June 3d. 1774
Dear Bro~r.
    I Wrote to you by Doc~r Ackers at
Manchester Races but have not heard from you
since informing you that John Merser was at
our house and that I think he is loosing his time
very mutch should be glad you would fix what
Business you think would be agreeable that he
might be bound, I have been again at Hall Parr
about the Gray Mare but think she would not have
suited you but she is Sold to Mr. J~no. Rigby of
Carr mill to carr'y his Wife, — Poor Hannah
Wood is Dead and hath sent Bett a Ribband, —
Mr. Hen: Porter was at our House to diner yisterday
which would have been very glad to have seen
you
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he mentiond that if you happned to come over to Haydock
betwixt and next Wednesday he should be at home if you could
make any buisness there but that he would Write to me on
Sonday to Inform me of the Time of his leaving, Robt. Traverse
is come to a Misfortune of having his Barn and part of
his house burnt down
    I am your Afft. B~r
    J~no. Orford

author ORFORD JOHN
1774

Mr. Orford Lyme [tear in page, but letters remain stuck to seal]
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        Newton Park's June 6th. 1774
Dear Bro~r
    I Rec~d yours last night and the parcel,
I will take care to fix Mr. Tommey Gaskell with a Horse
but you did not Mention the time that he would want
him, I shall go over to the Bank back end of this Week
at which time or sooner I will fix for him but wd
be glad to see Mr. Legh's Horses as they are to be sold
by Mr. Henry Porter and I suppose very soon, —
Your Master I believe set from Bath on Thursday last
    I am your very Afft. B~r
    J~no. Orford

author ORFORD JOHN
1774

M~r Orford
Lyme
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Dear Bro~r
    I Recd. yours and also the trust
Deed and hath since seen M~r Topping which
is getting forward, I will take care that Mr. Thos.
Gaskell hath a Horse Saddle and Bridle against
his time, there is no Beef at Haydock fit for you
but some Bullock's are comming out of Yorkshire
by Rich~d Taylor which I am to meet at
Standish on Monday next if they will Ans~r
will buy you three or 4 of them
    I am your very Afft. B~r
    J~no. Orford
Newton Park's
June 17th. 1774

author ORFORD JOHN
1774

To
Peter Legh Esqr. M—P—
at Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
P~ Manchester
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Dear Bro~r
    I Rec~d yours of ye. 15th. only
Thursday night, and have not had any Post
till this Morning, but you will receive Inclds:
the Bill and Rect. you wrote for, Bett is very
well, and Bevington is with the Pavers, —
I hope the Weather is settling we have had a %few
very fine days which if it Continues will do
well for me, I have Mow'n a few Acres of Oats
and we are howsing a part of them this day, and
the Rest will be in good condition by Monday
if the Weather continues good
    I am Your very Afft. B~r
    J~no. Orford
Newton Park's —
August 20. 1774

author ORFORD JOHN
1774

Mr. Orford
Lyme
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        Newton Parks Augst. 29. 1774
Dear Bro~r
    I have been over at Leigh along with
Thos. Sale conserning putting J~no. Merser to him for
5 Years at which time he will be 21 the Conditions
will be as follows if you aprove of him going there,
Cloathing must be found him during the time, Thos, will
teach him his business free without pay, but his Brother
will not Board him for less till Eleven Guineas a Year
Meat, Drink, Weshing and Lodging, which will be a very
Considerable sum in that Number of years, but it is left
intirley to your Aprobation, — Widow Naylors Servant
was at me last night about a place you have to let as he told
me he had spoke to you about, he will be substantial and
like to make a good Tenant if you have it to dispose of,
    I am
    Your very Afft. Br.
    J~no. Orford
All very well at Newton Park's

author ORFORD JOHN
1774

M~r Orford
Lyme
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        Newton Park's Sepr. 20th. 1774
Dear Bro~r
    I Rec~d yours, and the Mare you
will Receive by the Bearer tho not quite well, but
will carry you I hope as farr as your business will
require, I have also sent a small parsel if you will
desire some of the servants to give her every other Morng.
the size of a pullets Egg in a Ball, or otherwise desolvd
in a pint of warm Ale which will be of very great
service to her, but pray let her have it before Meat or
Water, — We are all very well at Newton Park's,
I have finished my harvest which I am very proud of,
for I never knew the weather so tickle, but we hows'd
all our Wheat Satd,. Sonday, and yisterday fore noon
at which time the weather broke again, —
    I am your very Afft. Br.
    J~no. Orford

author ORFORD JOHN
?1774

M~r R. Orford
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Dear Bro~r
    Inclosd you Receive a Draft upon
Whittnal Value 107..19..5 with the Notes and
Drafts before of 92—10—0 which I hope you
will find wright 200—9—5 being the Balance
of those Accts. you took up, — I will send up
another Remittance whilst you are in Town
if Possable, — be so kind as to get this draft
excepted before you pay it to Mr. Child, —
should wish you would not see Mr Wyld before he
gets a Letter from Me as I will Write by Wedn.
Post, — pray be so kind as to get me a pair of Scales
and wts. when you come down, — I am Your very Aff~t
    J~no. Orford

author ORFORD JOHN
1777

For Mr. Orford
How-lane near
Stockport
Cheshire

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        Newton Park's Sepr. 15. 1777
Dear Bro~r
    The bearer is James Speakman which is suffering
in such a Manner by Ben: Lyons obstinancey that it is scarsley
credable, nothing else will give him satisfaction but the bodey
of this poor Man to lye in the Jale, but providance hath
ordred mutch better till was onst likley, they have put all
the Charges Bail & that John Matther and me gave with him
togather and will amount to about 90 which they took
him for on Monday last, but by a piece of cunning hath over
got them, as such all he hath to do is to keep undiscoverd
till about a fortnight before next March asises, at which time
he will have it in his power to come out without paying any
charge or debt to them, which I am very glad of, I wish you woud
be so kind as to give a letter with him to John Holbrool of
Codner, that he would be so obliging as to imploy him for the
above time, you may dipend upon his Caracter to be a sober,
honest man, and can work well at any kind of Husbantrey,
He is in great distress tho not poor and would do very well if
they would suffer him to be quiet to proceed in his buisness
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Pray be kind enough to do what you can to keep this poor Man
undiscoverd for the time, I could not think of any place so likley
as Jno. Holbrook's and he will be servisable to him, but desire it
may be as sacred as possable, — We have had a very sharp strooke
of an earthquake yisterday at Elevan o'Clock, insomutch that in some
houses the goods was thrown down from the wall's, in other places
very slight, in the New church in Warrington the Congrigation was n{*...} [tear in page]
great confusion, insomutch that they was thrown one upon another, it
was thought it might be the Pouder Mills, but suppose it not Possable
as it was very vilant with us, Leigh, and all the neighbourhood, —
We have exceeding fine Weather, have finish'd out shearing within one
day, and am housing in very good order, we are all very well at Newton Park's
    I am your very Afft. Br
    J~no. Orford
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last night after I wrote saw James Grimshaw who said you
had sent a person from Lyme to Haydock which you would
expect to return this day but M~r Rigby only gose for
Liverpool this day and will return tomorrow so that they will
keep the person at Haydock for his return, — Mr. Legh's of
Golborne and Mr. Omrod will be at Lyme tonight, —
John Naylor of Armshaw-green was buryed on Sonday last, —
after I had wrote to you from Ormskird found you would not
receive it sooner till Thursday morning which the bearer of it
said he would deliver it by his own hand at that time to you in
How-lane, —
    Newton Park's
    Tuesday Morng. 5 o'Clock


author PEET JOHN
1774

Mr: Richard Orford
Lyme
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Mr: Orford
        Ashton 17 June 1776
Sr
    yours of the 15th: {**} just now came to hand......
Mr: {*}n{*}: Leech Junr: set out on Tuesday last for ......
Richard Atkinsons in Borough Bridge, where I believe
he will Stay the greatest part of Next week, am Sorry
you Cannot Come at Rawlinsons Garden, I dare say
Mr: Birchall is secured, as he wrote about it to here, and
I sent it Mr: Leech to Buxton, I am for him
    Sr
    your very Humble Servt
    John Peet

author PENNINGTON JOHN
?1772

To
Mr: Richd. Orford
at. Haydock Lodge
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        Wigan Friday Ev{*}~.
Dear Sir.

    You shall know where Dr Baldwin has —
executed — I will wait on you tomorrow to Garswood
& presume the nearest point for our Meeting will
be the Red Lyon in Ashton, & therefore I propose
being there by ten in the forenoon, & if I do not
find you there shall proceed to Garswood. & am.
    D Sir.
    Your most h~ble Servt
    Jon~ Pennington

author PENNINGTON N
1772

To
Peter Legh E{**} MP
at Lyme
Chesshire
Nr Buxton
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        London Aprill 15 1772
Dr Sr

    I hope you got home in perfect health in which I hope you found all at home
This day Obtaind an order from the C{**}issn of Customs to the Customs at Liv{**}p
to deliver the Cask of Rum upon paying plantation Duty A{**} 8d Pr Gill —
then I mt to Lisispool to kon if it had been properly reported there
and though you would not, they Adminsterd a Tinder Bath as they Call it
there, that, I belived, it was of Some our Plantation as our Brok^er^ said I might
Very safely do for it is forfeiture of Ship & Carg{*}w to bring any foreign
Suche Mistakes often happend, I have had a good deal of trouble about it, if
{*****}s good and gives Pleasure & satisfaction to thow that us{**} it I shall
be well rewarded, I wrote to Mr Legh this night to acquaint him
and to Mr Legh at Bank Mr Legh had left a Frank for yr purposes
he will I suppose give the order for the C{*...} of it
    My Sincerest respects attends you and Mrs Orford

    I am Sr
    your most Obt Servt
    N Pennington
pray send now your writings {**}
for Maryland as soon as possible —
Mr Orford —

author PENNINGTON N
1772

S    To
Peter Legh Esq MP
at Lyme
Nr Buxton
Cheshire
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        London May 16 1772
Mr Orford
Sr
    when you went out of Town you promised me I should have your
accounts in a %fortnighs time, I acquainted you we had, goods ready for shiping
6 weeks before you Came up, Mr Masters inform'd me there was no Certainty of
Letters or Packets Coming so Safe unless Sent by Ships as brought him goods
as Tradesmen Charges with goods at the time when orderd to be ready, and not
when Ships, we are L{*}sving so much time as the goods might have been
Sent over & Sold by this, which would have Enabled Mr Masters to have made
his remitance Sooner, his order is but Small, is not so Material, but
Some goods receive Injurys by long keeping,
    I heard from him about a %fort_night ago he sent me what we Call {*...}
Invoice orders for a %great many Articles to Litle amount, there is now Some
Ships will Sale Soon pray be so Oblidging to Sent your Packet directly
or inform me punktually the time I shall have them, I then Can get the
goods Inter'd & Ship'd Can give the Captain the packet the Last thing
befor he sails, when you acquaint me the Longest time I shall have
your packet
    I am Sr your Sincere Friend
    and hearty well Wisher
    N Pennington

author PENNINGTON ROBERT
?1772

Dear Sir,

    Inclozed you have the Contracts & Copies. — When
You sign them it will be proper to get one of the
the Witnesses who was present at the Sale to attest
'em — —
    Note — that in the Contract for Edge Green ^I own^ there
is nothing said of it's proportion of the Rent — but
the agreemt as to that will be easily proved by the
Company then present.
    I am
    Sir
    Your most Obedt.
    Rbt. Pennington
In haste. Wednesday
12. o'Clock — —
The Copies should be —
examined with the Origin~.

author PENNINGTON ROBERT
1773

Mr. Orford
at Lyme
Cheshire —
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Dr. Sir

    Herewith you will receive Mr. Master's Deeds
which are to be reexecuted by Mr. Legh in the presence
of the same Witnesses as before. I am
    Your most Obedt. h~ble Servt.
    R. Pennington
Wigan 5. June 1773 —

author PENSWICK THOMAS
1772

To
Peter Legh Esq MP
at Lime
Cheshire
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        Garswd: March 31 1772
Dr: Sir

    I recd a letter from Mr
Gerard in which he sais that he is to be
put into possession of New Hall &c forthwith,
in consideration of paying a proportionable
part of the rent to the time the purchase
Money is paid — I suppose the same Meth^od^
is to be taken with respect of Dock Lane —
but Old Leech has let it to another for this
year, and I am told they have plowed more
than Six Acres in it, besides playing several
dirty tricks — I shall advise Mr Gerard
to be quite clear from such a dirty fellow before
he pais his Money, but shall wait your com^ing^
over, before I mention any_thing of it to him —
at all events you must not agree to pay any
thing for their plowing — I beg my Comps
to Mrs: Orford and am
    Sir yr most Obt hble Sert
    Thos: Penswick

author PENSWICK THOMAS
1772

To
Mr Orford
at
Haydock
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        Garswd: Ap 30 1772
Dr Sir

    I understand you have sold the
Lead Pipes which convey'd Water to the
different Appartments in the Laundry Dairy
&c. these was certainly fixtures as they
could not be taken out without cuting. and
I dare say Mr: Gerard will look upon them
as such — if they are not replaced his
remedy must be ^by^ a petition to Chancery where
he purchas'd the Estate, but it wood be much
better to sol{*}e it without that
    I am
    Sir
    yr Obt hble Servt
    Thos. Penswick


author PENSWICK THOMAS
?1772

To
Mr Orford
      new page
        Garswd: thurday Noon
Dr Sir

    I will wait upon you with
the Money, tomorrow or Saturday
    I am
    yr mo hble Servt
    Thos: Penswick

author PENSWICK THOMAS
1773

To
Peter Legh Esq MP
at Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
        Garswd: June 15: 1773
Dr Sir

    I have this moment recd from Mr
Sharpe the Conveyance deed of New Hall &c
which is to be executed by Mr: Legh — please
to let me know by return of post, if Mr: Legh
is now at Lime, and what day I may come
over to get it executed;
    I am
    Sir
    yr most hble Sert
    Thos. Penswick

author PENSWICK THOMAS
1773

To
Peter Legh Esq MP
at Lime
Cheshire
      new page
        Garswd: June 23d: 1773
Dr Sir

    I have but this moment heard —
that since New Hall was put up to sale, some
Timber has been sold therefrom, a particular
of which I have got from William Bircha{*},
and the amount is 7:12S:4d — Now you know
that Sum ought to go to the purchaser, and
I dare say you will think it ^quite^ reasonable
it should, but I think it will not be proper
to send the acct: to Mr: Sharpe to have it
deducted out of the purchase Money, lest that
should occasion some delay; but it wood be
better for you to engage to pay it on behalf
of Mr: Masters. I beg your answer
and am
    Dr Sir
    yr most hble Sert
    Thos Penswick
PS. Compts to Mrs Orford.
Mr Orford

author PENSWICK THOMAS
1773

To
Peter Legh Esq M:P
at
Lime
Cheshire
      new page
        Garswood July 2d: 1773
Dr Sir

    The New Hall Affair is now
very near selled, except some matters that
is to be altered according to our agreemts:—
    I wish you wood come over as soon as you
possibly can, and{*} I dare say when on the
spot, we can finish every_thing in half
an hour — I beg my comps: to Mrs Orford
and am
    Dr Sir
    Yr most hble Sert
    Thos Penswick


author PENSWICK THOMAS
1774

Mr: Orford
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        Garswd: Augt: 31 1774
Dr: Sir

    herewith you have the acct: you
desired — there is one years Rent and part
of another due for Dock Lane Istate to Mr:
Masters — there is likewise part of the Rents
of New Hall &c for the year 1773 due to Mr
Gerard, and a small parcel of Timber sold
and recd for by Mr: Birchall all yet to selle;
which the first time you come over, I sho^u^ld
be glad it might be done — the Notes of Land
you gave me (and which is in my possession)
more than Ballances Mr: Master's acct: as
far as its yet selled, — I had thought to have
sent you the notes of land, but upon reflection
the receipts I gave you for it are I suppose
gone to Mr: Russel, so that you cannot send
them back to me — however if you wood have
me send the note I will, or when you come
over to Haydock, I shall deliver up the note
and you may give me one for exactly the
Ballance — I beg my Compts to Mrs Orford
and am with great regard
    Dr Sir
    yr most Obedt: Sert
    Thos: Penswick

author PENSWICK THOMAS
1777

Mr: Orford at Peter Legh Esq~
Lime
Cheshire
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Dr Sir

    On Monday the 10th Inst: we
purpose walking the boundary of
Ashton, and shall begin on {*}dge
Green — as I remember I mention^nd^
to you before, that I should acquaint
you when we did so; and you told me
it wou'd not be material; however
it can do no harm, as you will either
have persons to attend on behalf of
Mr Legh or not, as is thought proper.
— with compts to Mrs Orford I am
    Dr Sir
    yr most Obedt Servt
    Thos Penswick
Garswd Novr
4th 1777

author PENSWICK THOMAS
1778

Mr: Richard Orford
Lime
Cheshire
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Dr Sir
        2 Pipes

    Monday the 16th Inst:, is the
day appointed for another meeting at
Prescot, to sign the articles &c; which I
hope will be convenient for you to attend.
if it is not, please to let me know; that
I may acquaint the Gentemn therewith.
    Mr: Mackay hopes you have soon Mr
Gri~bert before this, if not, desires you'l take
the opportunity to see him before the 16th
— with compts to Mrs Orford
    I am
    Dr Sir
    yr most Obedt Servt
    Thos: Penswick
PS Mr: Peters has
drawn the Articles
which I dare say
you'l approve of,
so did not think it
necessary to send a Copy
Garswd Feby
7 1778 —

author PENSWICK THOMAS
1778

Mr: Orford
Haydock
[crossed out are the following two lines] Lime
Cheshire
      new page
Dr: Sir

    I take the liberty of reminding
you, that on the 22d: Inst the Mortgage
of new Hall is to be paid off. — I am
disappointed of some money which I
intended for that purpose. but hope
your draft for the ballance of the acct
will come in time; which will oblige
    Dr Sir
    yr most hble Servt
    Thos: Penswick
Garswd June
6th 1778

author PENSWICK THOMAS
?1779

[part of another word may be visible above the addressee but is mostly lost due to tearing where the seal was attached]
Mr: Orford
      new page
Dr Sir

    Mr: Mackay intends going to London
on Monday or Tuesday next; and as there
are several matters to be talked upon, relati^ve^
to the Colliery's, Mr: Orrel desires a meeting
may be had before that time. — we purpose
waiting on Mr: Mackay at his house, tomorr^ow^
morning; and desire the favor of your
company. — Ten O Clock is the time fixed
to be at Blackbrook; and if you please to ^call^ [another word, probably be is crossed out here]
here the half past Nine, will be ready to
attend you
    I am
    Dr Sir
    yr most Obedt Servt
    Thos Penswick
Friday evening
PS. shall be glad of
your company to breakfast
tomorrow Morning —

[in pencil on reverse sheet are some jottings of numbers relating to Mr. Legh, Mr. Case and another person, which may be contemporary with the letter]

author PENSWICK THOMAS
1785

Mr: Richd Orford
Lyme
Cheshire
      new page

Dr Sir

    A Company are now in treaty
for the St: Helen old Mine, in order to begin
a Colliery there immediately; which if not
put al stop to, will greatly hurt the present
proprietors of Collierys: — its the desire
of all here, that a meeting be held on Thurs^day^
the 8th of Decr: next, if convenient to you;
if not; please to mention any other day,
and give me a line what day you fix
upon. I am with Compts to Mrs Orford
    Dr Sir
    yr most Obedt hble Servt
    Thos: Penswick
Garswd Novr
25 1785

author PERCIVAL THOMAS
1774

Mr. Orford. —
      new page
Sir.

    I have acquainted Mr Legh with
an acquiescence in the terms of Leasing
which he has proposed. The Life we
wish to add is Elizabeth Percival
Wife to Thomas Percival. M.D. of
Manchester, aged twenty seven years
or thereabouts. Be so obliging as to forward
the Lease, which may be drawn
up in the same manner as the former,
I mean in the name of Mr James Percival
as well as of mine. The Money
now lies in the hands of Mr.
Richard Phipp, an Agent at Warrn.;
to whom you will be pleased to give
possession. —
    The Old Buildings on the Premises
stand in great need of repairs. You
      new page
will oblige me by requesting of Mr
Legh a few Trees, towards defraying
this expence. —
    I am Sir
    Your Most obedt.
    humble Sevt.
    Tho. Percival.
June 29. 1774. — Manch{*}. —

author FOSTER WILLIAM FOR JOSIAH PERRIN & CO.
1790

Mr. Richd: Orford
Lyme Hall
Cheshire
      new page
Mr. Richd: Orford
Sir,
    your much esteem'd {*...}. of
the 3 Inst. came duly to hand covering
Two Bills value 60:4:~ which are
pa(*}s to the Credit of Pr. Legh Esqr. Acct.
with thanks — your Bottles will be
forwd. to Manchr. this week of which
you shall be regularly advised.
in the intrim I am respectfully — Sir.
for Josh. Perrin & Co. yr %hble %servt.
    Will: Foster
Warrington 6 Sepr 1790.

author NICKSON RALPH
?1790

Mr: Richard Orford
at Peter legh's Esqr
Lyme near
Stockport
      new page
[the top corner of the letter is torn]Rich: Orford
Sir
    The above 8 Crates are this
day forwarded f old Navigation to Manchester —
which wish soon safe at Lyme — & the Contents please
& am for Mess~. Josiah Perrin & Co — Respectfully
    Sir
    Your most obt. h~ble Serv~.
    Ralph Nickson

author PHILIPS JOHN
1781

Mr Orford
Haydock
near Warrington
      new page
        Manchr. Febry. 24 1781
Mr. Orford
Sir
    Herewith you receive Mr.
Stephenson for Mr. Drabbles receipt
for his acct. with Peter Lee Esq. {*}38—15—4
    when it suits your Convenience to
have the Lease ready I shall be glad to
have it executed & am respectfully
    Sir
    your mo. obed~ Serv
    John Philips

author PHILIPS JOHN
1782

Mr. Richd. Orford
at Petr. Legh's Esq~.
Lyme Hall
near Disley
      new page
        Manch~. Octr. 8 1782
Mr. Richd. Orford —
Sir
    Herewith you receive
a Bill in Smith Payne & Smiths 17
for two years rent for Whaley Mill
due to Petr. Legh Esqr. Mich. mass day
last the receipt whereof please — to me
knowledge in course. if you could
make it convenient to have the Lease
drawn out that it may be executed
you will much oblige
    Sir
    Your very hble Ser
    John Philips

[on the reverse of the letter, in a different but contemporary hand] In Trust nevertheless to & for the purposes mentioned in the ^last Wills & Testaments^ [crossed out beneath is the phrase said Wills] of the said John
Royle her Father and Oliver Kay her Husband
[there is also a short calculation on this page]

author PHILIPS JOHN
1782

Mr. R: Orford
Lyme
      new page
        Manchr. Novr. 12th.. 1782
Mr. Richd. Orford
Sir

    I wrote you some time ago requesting
to know when the Lease of Whaley Mill would
be ready to be executed, but as I have not yet heard
from you in return, am afraid the Letter must have
miscarried; shall be glad that you will make it
convenient to have the matter settled & to write me
as soon as possible when I must wait upon you
for that purpose.
    I am
    Sir
    Your very hble %Ser~.
    John Philips

author PHILIPS JOHN
1782

Mr R Orford
at Peter Leigh Esqr
Lime
near Disley
      new page
        Manchr. Novr. 16th 1782
Mr. Richd. Orford
Sir

    I am duly favoured [the re may be read as an r] with yours
of the 14th., Inst. & for answer, the person I sett the Corn part
of the Mill to, went off & never paid me any rent; since
when I have ^agreed to^ sett the whole if you have no objection to
Mr. Saml. Withington a reputable Manufacturer in this
Town, to whom I shewed your Letter, that he might
give a satisfactory answer respecting the Person to whom
he is about setting the Corn Mill; he says his Name
is Gregory, that he has sufficient Security for the payment
of the rent that he agrees with him for & that if he is not
a person agreeable to the Township, he can have others
who will be glad to take the Concern & indeed from
what I can learn there can be no reasonable Objection
against the Man & perhaps if the complaint be enquired into
it is very possible it may originate from some person who
may wish to have it themselves — whoever has it, I wish
it may answer better for them than it has hitherto done
      new page
for me. — I hope you [tear at top of page has obscured this word but the beginning of a w may be visible] excuse my proceeding to sett
it without aquainting you, as I was ignorant that
a clause of that import would be in the lease, or I
should not have taken that Liberty.
    When you come over to Manchester, shall be glad
if you would call at my house in Heaton Norris, as
you will be certain to find me at one place or the
other & I shall be very happy to see you there.
    I am
    Sir
    Your very hble %Servt.
    John Philips

author PICKERING J
1771

Sir
    I received an Order a few days ago from
Mr. Legh to transmit to You the Particulars of
his Nephew's Account since Xtmas. last —
The young Gentleman is taken from under
my care by his Father: but Mr. Legh I imagine
has given you orders to discharge all that
is here due. I have taken proper Recpts.
to the Last year's Bills, & will to these as
soon as I have paid them & will transmit
all to you by Mr. Lowe. I am
    Sir
    Yr. very humble Servt.
    J Pickering
Mackworth Apr. 2~.
1771

author PICKFORD C & J
1779

Mr.. Orford
Lyme hall
      new page
        Chapel June 1st: 1779
Sir
    We have sent you the particulars of Lyme bill to
this time inclusive, wch: hope you will find in every respect to
be right, — my Brother & self purpose waiting on you
this Day week at wch: time should be particulary obligated to
you for the favour of a remittance for the same, hav J: lately
made some contracts that puts us on the necessity of troubling
our friends; however if that day be inconvenient & you will
please to point out another more agreeable, please to give us
a line by S Shepley;        We are Sir on all occasions
    Yr: most obliged servts C & J Pickford

author PICKFORD C
1779

Mr.. Orford
Lyme hall
      new page
        Chapel 17th— July 1779
Sir
    I purpose waiting on you at Lyme next Thursday, at
wch.. Time desire you wou~d make it agreable to let me have a
Remittance for the Bill we sent. — I am at this Time
so necessitated for Money (having 200 at present to advance)
that I do not know, what to do if you cannot make it convenient
    My Brother has some Money out at Interest
that we coud have call~d it, had we not fully relied on this
Payment, but now that Time is sliped, as the Goods we
owe for must be paid in the Space of a few Days —
    I therefore most earnestly request you wou~d not
disappoint me, as my Necessity makes it impossible for
me at this Time to look off it, otherwise I shou~d have
been very sorry to have importun~d this Favour one day
sooner than you cou~d have made it convenient.
    I remain        Yr mo~ obt Servt
    Corns— Pickford

author PICKFORD C & J
1781

Mr Orford
At his House — in
How lane
      new page
Sir
    Inclosed you've the Bill Dr: to us by Mr Legh
up to this time — for the same will be much obliged
to you for a remittance early the next Month, having
made a purchase of Yarn wch: reduces us to the necessity
of troubling our Friends — on all occasions we shall
be happy in future Comds & are Sir —
    Yr: much obliged & very hb Servts
    Cors: & J Pickford
Chapel 21st June 1781
    A London Bill at 2 Months after
Date will suit us the same as Cash — — —

author PICKFORD C & J
1781

Mr Orford
at his House
in
How lane
      new page
Sir
    If you could in the course of next fortnight
have obliged us with a remittance for the Lime acct
the favour at this time would have been acknowledg^d^
with the utmost respect & gratitude by        Sir
    Yr: mo hb Servts Cors & J Pickford
Chapel Aug 13th 1781


author PICKFORD C & J
1781

Mr Orford
at his house in
How lane
      new page
Sir
    Could you this Week have but made it convenient
to have let us have all or part of the Lime acct the favour
would be so great, that we should scarce know ^how much^ to thank you,
on account of having next Saturday some very large Sums
to remit — Your compliance will as above be a
particular obligation to Sir
    Yr: very hb Servts— Cors & J Pickford
Chapel 29th Sepr 1781 30th

author PICKFORD C
1790

Mr Richd Orford
Lyme hall — or at his house
in
Marple
      new page
Sir
    The particulars of the acct owing me by
Peter Legh Esq~ are here inclosed wch hope you'll
find right & shall be glad of a remittance at your
conveniency — — — there is a small acct: unpaid
of my late respected Friend ^Masden^ of 8S/10d being for some Jackg:
& some B{*}aggs, which on his own acct: were sent
by Walton — — If you can direct me to those who
have the management of his Affairs would have sent the
particulars for their Satisfaction — I am Sir
    Yr much obliged Servt
    Corns Pickford
Chapel 25th Augst. 1790 —

author PITCHFORD MARY
?1778

For
Mr. Olford
{*}his
      new page
Sir
    as I have Taken it {***}ld Consideration to Sell
my Estate in Noorberrey and for to see if
I Can Gett my Husband his Security
I hope that you will Be so feaveisurable
and as Good as To Grant and Gett us Mr. Lees
Licance To authorize us to Sell itt By
Sir in Complying With the aBove
you will very much oblig your Friend
    & Humble Servtt &c. —
    Mary Pitchford
Hillgatte
Stockportt

author PLATT EDWARD
1771

To
Mr. Richd. Orford
at Lime
Cheshire
      new page
Sir
    George Dod of Choroley was this day with me and inform'd me John
Ralphs Mr Leighs late Tenant is dead and as he is inform'd in bad
circumstances. Dod is a cerdible and Substantial Man, I am told,If
the widow of John Ralphs is not able to continue on the Farm / not otherwise /
he wod. be glad to treat with You for the Farm your Answer will oblige
    Sir
    Your h~ble Servt.
    Edwd Platt
Chester Feb~ry ye. 11th 1771
P.S. Dod was over at your house &
you happen'd to be from Home —

author PLATT EDWARD
1774

Mr Richard Orford
at Haydock near
Warrington
      new page
Dr. Sir
    I rece~d your Letter of the Eighteen Instant and have given
notice for Handley Court to be helf on Fry_day the fourth day of
November next when I hope to have the pleasure of seeing in the mean
time I am
    Dr. Sir
    Your Obliged & Obedient
    Hble Servt.
    Edwd: Platt
Chester 21st. Oct. 1774 —

author PLATT EDWARD
1783

Mr. Richd. Orford
at Lime
Cheshire
      new page
Dr. Sir
    I rece~d Your Letter of the 30th Instant, and will
give notice for the holding of Handley Court at the time You
fix, when I will attend, and endeavour to bring with me Mssrs
Hallwood and Pennington, as you desire. I am
    Sir
    Your obliged h~ble Servt
    Edwd: Platt
Chester 30th. October 1783

author POOLE JOHN
1779

{*}r: Hallford
at Lyme Hall near
Dishley
      new page
Sr:
    The Bearer Willm: Bailey is a very Sober
Honest Servant can Shoot Exceeding well
& may be trusted anywere
woud not have Parted with Him
but had no imploy for Him
    I am Kind Sr: Yr: Humb~: Sert
    John Poole
Blakelow
6 Decmbr: 1779
I dont think Sr: You will light of a Man more
Promising to make a Good faithfull Servant

author PORTER HENRY
1762

[in contemporary hand but not that of the letter]Hen. Porter abt.
Longside Business
reced Nov. 13. 62
      new page
        Leyland 7th: Novemr: 1762
Dr Bror:
    The other day when I wrote to you from
Haydock, I was in hopes we could have been ready for
your company here on the Allotting of Longside
Common, but on coming here to see our father (M~r:
Lang) on that Subject; I find he is engaged along
with my father Porter at Garstang, where they
compute that Lord Archibald Hamilton's business
will hold them a fortnight longer at least, and
as his Lordships Tenants don't know how they are
to have their Farms for the next Year, before they
have finish'd their Survey, it is therefore impossible they
can leave that Work before they have finish'd the whole
I am with Complemts: to M~r: Flodman
    Your Loving Bror: by Adoption
    Henry Porter
P:S: M~r: Lang ^also^ joins me in Complemts: to you and
M~r: Flodman

author PORTER HENRY
1773

[in a different, and very bad, hand] To
M~ R Orford
at Lyme near Buxton
Cheshire
P~{**}ooLegh
      new page
        Bath May 20th: 1773
Dear Sr:
    I received yours of the 9th: Inst: informing me
that the first meeting of the Commissioners for Inclosing Latchford
Heath &c: is to be on the 1st: June next; but as I am not yet
certain whether I shall leave this place before that time, if I
should not be there, you and our Brother Commissioner may
make your Adjournment so as to give sufficient time for
Surveying the Commons, and doing such other part of the
business as may be thought proper to be done before our second
meeting, and I will let you know when I can be with you,
if it is thought necessary we should be all together at setting
out the Roads &c: before the Commons are Measured. —
    As the Water agrees with me very well, and I think
my_self in a fair way of Re-establishing my Health, I should
be sorry to leave this place before that is compleated; as it is a long
way to come again, and I never can be more agreeably fixed, I
lodge only cross the Street from Mrs: Leghs, and lives with them,
      new page
which makes this place much more agreeable, and less expensive than
it otherwise would be. — Please to make my best Complimts:
to M~r: Turner, and accept the same from
    Sr:
    Your Most H~ble Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1773

To
Mr: Orford
Lyme
      new page
        Warrington Septr: 21st: 1773—
Dr: Sr..

    I came here Yesterday in hopes of having the
pleasure of meeting with you, and as Valuing the
Commons, and determining the dispute in regard to
Common Hill, are two of the most difficult parts that
will attend the whole Inclosure; I therefore desire we
may see you here this evening, unless you be very
particularly engaged. —
    I hope Mr: Peers Legh did not forget to tell his
Sister, that I had laid the Recipe she gave me, too
carefully by, that at present I cannot find it, but as
soon as it is found shall send it. —
    I am
    Sr:
    Your most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1774

Mr: Orford
Lyme
      new page
        Tarleton Jany: 21st: 1774—
Dr: Sr:

    I received yours with the 15.. Bill Inclosed,
for which Mr: Moss has promised to send me Cash by
some of our Market folks tomorrow.
    If this happens to come to hand whilst Mr: Peers
Legh is with you, please to give my Complements to him &
tell him I desire he will pay you the 15..5S..7D: and I
will settle the Account with him at his return.
    I shall be glad of a Line from you to know
how the Latchford & Groppenhall Inclosure goes on, and
am with Complemts: to Mrs: Orford
    Sr:
    Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1774

To
Mr: Richd: Orford at Lyme
near Disley in
Cheshire
      new page
        Bristol May 15th: 1774—
Dr: Orford

    At the request of Mrs: Ann Legh
I now write to inform you, that they leave Bath much sooner
than they expected, and as she would clear out properly
before they leave the Town, she desires you will not fail to
Remit her what money you can by the return of the Post;
she did not choose her Brother should know that she sent
to you on this Account, so desired me to write: I paid
her 20— the other day on your account, for which Sum,
I ^have^ her Receipt for you; and as I imagine we shall be at
Haydock about the 27th: or 28th: Inst: I hope to have the pleasu^re^
of shaking you by the Fist, and if it is then convenient you
may then give me the Cash.
    I hope my journey has been of Service to
me in regard to my health; I am come over here to drink
these, Waters, altho' I hope I have not much occasion for them,
but by this means, if it please God I should ever have occasion
to come into this Country again on the same errand, I hope I
shall be some sort of a Judge myself, which Water will agree
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with me best; and as I hope to see you at Haydock in my return, shall
beg leave to Conclude with my best Complemts: to Mrs: Orford, and all
your Family, from
    Dr: Sr:
    Your Most Obedt:
    H~ble Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1777

Mr—: Orford
Haydock Lodge
      new page
        Bank June 15th: 1777—
Dear Sir
    Inclosed I have sent you a Bill Thos: Sill
on Messrs: Dickinson and LLoyd Value 128..13S: and as I have
not placed the 71..7S.. to Account, which you Received
from Mr: Haigh of Bold, should be glad you will now
send me your Receipt for 200.. on Account of Bank Rents—
    If Mr: Keck is now at Haydock, I wish you
would inform him, that Reynolds at the Kings Arms Lancaster,
has used me very Ill, in not furnishing me with the Charrs
he wrote for; Reynolds promised me from time to time he
would send them immediately, but never did; but if he would
still have them sent, I will apply to another hand, and
send them as soon as the Season comes in —
    I am Sr: Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter
      new page
[in a different but contemporary hand]Preston 14 June 1777
Thomas Sill
At a No~. payable to Heny. Porter
On Dickinson & LLoyd
London
No~. 133
128.1B

author PORTER HENRY
1777

M~r: R: Orford
at
Haydock Lodge
      new page
        Bank 17th: Novr: 1777—
Dear Sir
    Yours of the 10th: only came here this
day about Noon, otherwise I should certainly have
waited on Mr: Legh at the time you mentioned.
Yours by the Messenger came here this afternoon, and
by him have sent you a Bill Daniel Barron on
Messrs: Hunt and Ellis Value 100.. for which please
to leave me your Rect: I have promised the Bill
shall not be sent up before Sundays Post, so desire
you will take care you dont send it sooner, and I dont
fear its being duly honoured — I shall bring
about 200.. in Cash with me, but as I have only
had about four hours Notice, hope Mr: Legh cannot
expect my Accounts being drawn out in form, as I
have not had time to Copy my Rent Roll over; however
I can let him see what I have done with the money I
have already received, and from who, the remainder is
      new page
due; I always Settle [a tear in the page has destroyed some text, about one word] Accounts about Christmas, and
never as yet returned [tear, probably read Mr:] Legh any Arrears, but if he
chooses to have it done now, I must return him about
180 — I hope you will return to Haydock tomorrow nigh^t^
for I believe it will be evening before I can come; and hope
you will be within distance of your work the day following
    I am
    Sir
    Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1778

[part of the page containing the address has been cut off]r: Orford
Lyme
      new page
        Bank July 13th: 1778—
Dear Sir
    I sent you 200..in Cash last Week, ^by Ja~: Grimshaw^
and told him he might pay it to you, on Condition
that you would return me 100.. when I came over to
Lyme; I have this day received a Letter from Mr:
Legh, wherein he desires to know when he may
expect to see me at Lyme; I have wrote him for
Answer, I intend to be there on Monday evening
next, so desire you will not fail to let me have the
100— when I come; and if Mr: Legh has not told
you of having wrote to me, desire you will not let
him know you have heard from me; as I hope to
to see you so soon, shall add no more from
    Sr: Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter
[ there are some calculations on the reverse of the letter]

author PORTER HENRY
1778

Mr—: Orford
Lyme
      new page
        Bank July 26th: 1778 —
Sir
    The Inclosed Account I have compared with
mine, and find they are both the same, only mine are
Dated the days I sent the [the beginning of a word is crossed out] ^several Sums^, and yours, I imagine, are
the dates on which you received them
    I hope you will contrive a day or two to spare, somtime
when most convenient; to come over here and Value the two
Closes of Land, which I mentioned to you at Lyme
    I am with best Compliments to Mrs: Orford
    Dear Sir
    Your Most Obedt:
    H~ble Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1778

Mr:— Orford
Haydock Lodge
near
Wigan
      new page
        Bank Augt: 9th: 1778
Dear Sir
    When I was with you at Lyme, you was
so kind to say you would sometime set apart a day or
two to come see me at Bank, and Value a Couple of Closes
which my Wife would be glad to Lease for under M~r: Legh;
but on looking over my engagements, I find I am to
attend the Sale of an Estate at Colne on the 12th: Inst: and
from thence, believe I shall go over to Bury on some
business for the Rector; so desire you will favour me
with a Line, to inform me when you intend to be next
over at Haydock, at which time I shall be glad to see
you over here —
    I am Sir
    Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1778

Mr:— Orford
Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
      new page
        Bank Novr: 8th: 1778—
Dear Sir
    I received yours of the 23d: Ult: but was
from home when it came here. — I'm sorry to hear
Mr: Legh is called on for so large a Sum unexpected.
    The Fines Ammount to 969..10S, and if Wilkinson pays
his Fine before Christmas, it will be 100.. more.
    I have Remitted Mr: Legh 550 — and 992..13S: to
yourself, Including 100.. sent Saml: Rigby, for which you said
you would send me Mr: Leghs Rect: but as yet have not got
it, so please to send me either his, or yours for it,
    I fear, I shall be obliged this year (for the first time) to
return a List of some Arrears, and as some of the Fines are
not yet paid, the Sum you may expect from me towards the
700.. is uncertain; but if you for the present estimate it
at 400.. I will make it more if I can
    I'm glad to hear John Marsden is with you
(and as a neighbour of his) am much obliged to you for your
kind offers of friendship to him.
    Please to inform Mr: Legh, I have not yet seen our Miller
but as soon as I can, will inform him about the Mill %Stones
    I am with Complemts: to Mrs: Orford, Your Most Obedt: S~:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1778

        Preston 27th: Decr: 1778—
Dear Sir
    I received yours of the 21st: with your
Receipt for the 300.. I sent you.— I shall send you
100.. in Cash by John Marsden, for which I shall be
glad to have yours, or Mr: Leghs Receipt for, as soon as
it comes to hand, and also for the 100.. which I sent to
Samuel Rigby, for which I never had any Receipt
more than an Acknowledgement in his Letter.
I shall also send you the Hoole Rents by John Marsden,
but as yet have not got John Ryleys Rent, but will
send it as soon as it comes to hand. — I could send
you more Money, if I could get in the Arrears, but at
present have above 250: of that sort, of which Heny:
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Croft stands at about 150: besides the present Years Rent, I'm
at a loss how to come at this money, and should be sorry to
employ either Attornies, or Bailiffs about it, but if some
of them don't pay up, I fear I shall be obliged to do it
    My neighbour Marsden tells me he is greatly obliged to
you on all occasions, and seems to like Lyme tolerably well,
I hope when he is got a little more acquainted with his
business, he will do very well.— I shall be glad to hear
from you, and am
    Sr:
    Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1779

Dear Sir
    I received yours, and in regard to the Remittances
I have made, they are as follows. —
1778
July 21st: Paid Mr: Legh at Lyme ........
250...
Augt: 16: Sent Mr: Legh to Weymouth .....300..
: 550 ..
April 14th: Cash Remitted you ..............220..
17th: D~: .............................207..13..
June 9th: D~: ..............................165..
July —14th: D~: ............................100 ..
Septr: 24th: D~: .........................200 ..
Decr: 21st: D~: ..........................300 ..
Total Remitted you:1192..
The Rent Roll I am now to Account for is: 1179..16S..11 D
Out of which there is to be deducted for my Salary}45..
20.. and some other small deductions making about
Remains :1134..16..11
By the above you find I have Remitted you more than what
is due from the Rent Roll.— The 100.. I sent to Saml:
Rigby, and the 100— now sent, I intended for Mr: Legh, on
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Account of the Fines, which will make 750.. paid him on that
Account, and if I can get in the Arrears, hope I shall be able
to Ballance my Account with him, when he comes to Hay^dock^
    I am
    Sr:
    Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter
Preston 5th: Jany:
1779.—
[in a different but contemporary hand] The before Inm — 1192.13—
78
Octr.    Cash left for my Mas~. by {**}. wth. Grimshaw 100.—
79
Jany.    Cash sent by J: Marsden —             100.—
    26    Drew on Porter at Sight to Mr Starkie        200.—
                                       1592.

author PORTER HENRY
1779

M~r: Orford
Haydock Lodge
near
Wigan
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        Preston July 11th: 1779—
Dear Sir
    I received yours of the 8th: Inst: and
as Mr: Legh intends to set out for Lyme sometime
the begining of this Week, I intend to
come over in the Stage Coach tomorrow; when
I think I can propose somthing about the
Banking of Martin Mear; more to Mr: Leghs
advantage than what has yet been mentioned
    I am
    Dr: Sr: Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter


author PORTER HENRY
1779

Mr: R: Orford
at Lyme, near Disley
Cheshire
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        Bank Septr: 27th: 1779—
Dear Sir
    I'm sorry I was from home when your
Letter of the of the 17th: Inst: came here, as I imagine you
have long expected my Answer. — I'm also sorry I
have it not in my Power to assist you in so extensive a
manner as I could ^wish^, but as you know I am willing to do
all in my Power, I have Inclosed you a Preston Bank
Note, Value One hundred Pounds; for which please to favor
me with your Receipt by the bearer.— I now declare
to you I have borrowed above half the money herewith
sent you, and don't know when I shall be able to get it
again, as I believe we have none left in the Country & M~r:
Starkie has sent to me to pay his Ballance, which I shou'd
you will inform me what it is, but at present cannot tell
where it is to come from (H:C:) has yet paid me no
more than when I last saw you, and how matters will
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turn out there I don't know, but I fear he is pushed for Cash from ^by^
other people, but keep this to your_self.
    The bearer Wm: Ditchfield, is desireous of taking a Farm on
Bretherton Moss (called Heskeths) for which he is willing to Pay
16: P~ Ann: Rent the two first Years of his Term, and Twenty Pounds
P~ Ann: afterwards, which I believe is as much, or more Rent than I
can get else_where for the Premises, and as this is a Farm M~r: Peers
Legh alwas promised to procure him, if he Survived the last life in
the Lease; I wish the Poor man might take a Trial of it, so desire
you would speak to Mr: Legh in his behalf — I have refused Setting
the Farm to the person now upon it, for he has pushed and Burned
all the Meadows and other Lands in such manner, that unless he had
burned the Buildings too, I don't know he could have used the Premises
worse, or left them in so bad Condition for his Successor—
    Your Answer will Oblige
    Dr: Sr: Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1781

M~r: Richd: Orford
at Lyme
near Disley
Cheshire
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        Preston Augt: 26th: 1781—
Dear Sir
    Yours of the 19th: only came here last friday,
and as you know I am always desireous of assisting you
to the utmost of my power; I have herein sent you
two Bills Value 160..6S: which is more than I had Cash
by me, but must pay it of as soon as I can; I hope you
will favour me with your Receipt by the return of the
Post.— The Arrears come in very slowly, and I fear I shall have
much to do to keep them from Increasing, particularly our frien^d^
H:C: who it is doubtful but he will be run to a stand-still e'er
long, but keep this to your_self.
    On the 5th: [a 4 has been altered to a 5] Inst: I sent Mr: Legh two Bills, drawn
payable to himself, at Ten days after sight, Value 52..10S: and
as I put the Letter into the Office myself, I cannot think it
has miscarried; but as yet he has not favoured me with his
Receipt: so that I apprehend he has either forgot, or my
Letter or his must have miscarried, so should be glad to know
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if you saw any Letter of mine come for him about that time.
I intend to give him a Line on the subject by this Post, as he
perhaps would not take it so well if you was to speak to him
about it.— Your Answer will Oblige
    Dr: Sr:
    Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1781

M~r: R: Orford
Haydock Lodge
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        Bank 21st: Octor: 1781—
Dr: Sir
    Since my return home, I find I cannot get
ready for my Lyme Journey this Week; but hope to be
with you the middle ^latter end^ of next, and I expect Mr: Standen
will come along with me: in the mean_time I hope you
will use your Interest, where you think most proper, in
behalf of the Distressed, at the late H: Crofts.
    If we are to see Mr: Gilberts, hope we shall have
the Pleasure of your Company so far in our return
I have sent you the Inclosed, thinking you will be at
Lyme, almost as soon as the Post
    I am
    Sr: Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter
P:S: Please to forward the two
small parcels as directed & you'll Oblige
HP: and Js: Standen

author PORTER HENRY
1781

Mr: R: Orford
at Lyme near Disley
in
Cheshire
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        Preston 13th: Novr: 1781—
Dear Sir
    As you know I am always desireous of
relieving the distressed; I have herewith sent you two
Bills Value Two hundred and Seven Pounds 18S..
which I hope will come safe to hand, and for which, please
to favor me with your Receipt P~ return of the Post.
    I am
    Sr:
    Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter
Messrs: Pedders from W Yates}107..18S
on Mr: Ralph Yates —
Athertons & Co: on Denison & Co:  100..
:207..18S

author PORTER HENRY
1781

M~r: Orford
at Lyme
near Disley
Cheshire
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        Bank Decr: 31st: 1781
Dr: Sir
    Yours of the 23d: Inst: only came to hand last Saturday,
and that the Tenants may not appear in a worse light, than they
realy are, or what they should be; I have sent you a Bill, Messrs: Jos:
and Thomas Hornby, on Messrs: Latham and Pulsford St: Dunstans Hill
London, at Six Weeks, Value 105— for which, please to favor me with your
Receipt by the return of the Post. — My Arrears continue to grow
larger, but hope they will be considerably reduced e'er long, as most of
them have promised to pay on or before Christmas.
    You don't mention whether Mr: Legh is recovered from the
Gout, pray inform me in your next.
    I wish you many happy returns of the Season, and
am
    Sr:
    Your Most Obedt:
    H~ble Servt:
    Heny. Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1782

M~r: Orford
at Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
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        Preston Octor: 8th: 1782—
Dear Sir
    I received yours and am sorry I have
not had it in my Power to make you more early
Remittances, however I intend to send you 100
to Mr: Grimshaw on friday next, which I shall
desire him to forward you by the first safe hand,
I shall send you a Bank Note for 50— and the
remainder in Cash.— We have had such
continued heavy Rains, that a great deal of
Corn has been much damaged by the floods, Corn
in general, is very late and very poor Crops, so
that the advance in the Price, I fear will not be
equal to what the Crops will fall short
    I am
    Sr: Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1782

M~r: Orford
Lyme
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        Bank Octor: 11th: 1782—
Dear Sir
    Inclosed I have sent you two Bills Value 70
and in Cash 30— which I have desired Grimshaw to forwar^d^
to you by the first safe conveyance; I hope to be able to send
you another Hundred ^soon^, but realy the Arrears are so bad to
Collect that I cannot yet fix the day
    You was talking of coming over here some time
before Winter, to Level Manleys Encroachment &c: pray
when may we expect you
    Your Receipt will much oblige
    Sr:
    Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter
PS: Our Crops in general in this Country, are the worst ever known in
the memory of the Oldest man living, and I fear this Years Rents cannot
be made from this Years Product—
[there is a short calculation on the reverse of the letter]

author PORTER HENRY
1782

Mr: R: Orford
at Lyme
near Disley
Cheshire
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        Preston 24th: Decr: 1782—
Dear Sir
    Inclosed I have sent you a Bill, Messrs: John
Livesey Hall & Co: on Messrs: Livesey Hargreave
Anstie Smith & Hall London, Value 100— for
which please to favor me with your Receipt by the
return of the Post—
    I'm sorry the Bill is so long after date
Payable, but dare say it is a good one
I shall be glad to know when we may expect to
see you at Haydock — And how the Harvest
goes on in your Country, as I believe there are
many Acres of Oats & Barley to Cut, in Tarleton
Meals &c: at this very day
    I am
    Sr: Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1783

M~r: Orford
Haydock Lodge
near
Wigan.
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        Preston 20th: Feby: 1783—
    This evening at my return home, I met with yours
of the 15th: Instant; and as the weather is so severe at present,
and we have a meeting of the Trustees for Goosnargh Hospital
tomorrow; am sorry I cannot possibly wait on you at Haydock
at present; but shall make up my Account to the time you
mention, and hope it will be convenient for you to come over
to Bank, or Preston, in a little time that we may settle the last
Years Account, and consult what is to be done about Cha{*}:
Croft, who has paid nothing since he paid Grimshaw 27:
in April last. ^and there is somthing in Arrear before—^ — I should be sorry to suspect his Honesty,
but if he does not pay his Rent in a different manner, the
sooner he leaves his Farm, and the better. — Pray keep this
to your_self, and come help me to settle matters — Your Answer will
Oblige Dear Sir Your Most Obedt: H~ble Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1783

M~r: Orford
at Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
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        Preston 17th: Decr: 1783
Dr: Sir
    As you was saying you must come over to
Bank to settle Accounts with me; on, or before the 27th: Inst:
And as I promised to inform you when would be most convenient
to me — I therefore give you the trouble of this
to inform you, I think the begining of next Week will sute
me as well as any other time — I have spoke to Richd:
Hunt about the Hoole Rents — I hope you will not
forget to speak to M~r: Legh in behalf of Thos: Dobson's
Errecting a Pew in Tarlton Chapel —
    Pray inform me when we may expect you here
at Bank —
    I am in haste Yours &c:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1783

M~r: Orford
Lyme
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        Bank Decr: 25th: 1783
Dear Sir
    I have been here since last Sunday, in daily hopes of
seeing you; but as things have happened otherwise, have sent you
by M~r: Grimshaw 84.. for which please to favor me with your Receipt,
as I have not taken one from him — The above is somthing more
than the Ballance of my Account, but hope to receive more of the
Arrears before I see you, I will settle my Account to what time you
please; The Bill you reced on the 21st: July, I had entered 105.. 5S
but P~haps the 5.. may be wrong, so desire you will examine
your Copy of that Bill; all the other Remittances are right
    I'm sorry to hear Mr: Legh has the Gout in his Elbow,
and as I imagine by that means he is at present not able to
write, therefore if you think proper, you may inform him that
Roger Higham of Tarleton; is willing to give 30.. Fine, and 3
P~ Ann: Rent for a Cottage, which I think is a good Price; if he
will Grant him a Lease of it for 3 Lives, but if you think it more
proper I should write to him on that subject, shall do it; but I thought
Your Asking that Question, would save him the trouble of writing
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me an Answer — I do not know whether I shall be at home on the 10th:
Jany: but don't know to the Contrary at present, I should be at Faringdon in Berks
the 19th: but as Winter is come at last; I will not endeavour to get excused that Journey
    I am with best Complemts: to M~rs: Orford
    Dear Sir
    Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter
P:S: Richd: Hunt sends 20— along with the above and desires your Rect: for
that Sum on Account of Hoole Rents

author PORTER HENRY
1788

M~r: Orford
Lyme near Stockport
Cheshire
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        Preston Jany: 21st: 1788
Dr: Sir
    I Reced yours, — I hope to be with you next friday,
and to bring the needful along with me. — The Post
is just going, so have only time to add, my complements to all
friends at Lyme; and that, I always am,
    Dr: Sir
    Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter
[in another hand] Thomas Culsthaw Richard Rymer & Thomas Dobson
[in a third hand] Thomas Culshaw Richard Rymer & Thomas Dobson

author PORTER HENRY
1789

M~r: Orford
at Lyme near Stockport
Cheshire
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        Bank 30th: March 1789
Dear Sir
    I received yours of the 21st: Inst: and observe its contents.
I'm to receive the Rents on the 13th: of next Month, but as
I must attend our Parish meeting the day following, and
some other business which will detain me about a day further,
I fear I cannot reach you on the day you mention, but will be
with you as soon as I can — I hope it will not be disagreeable
for you to take Preston Bank Notes, for the Cash in their
Hands, as they may perhaps expect it —
    I hope if Mr: Legh gets his affairs settled at this time
as you mention, he will find himself more comfortable afterwards.
    I wish you would send Grimshaw to assist me at the
Rent day, and might he not as well take my Cash with him,
that he may forward it to you, —
    I am Sir
    Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1789

M~r: Orford
Lyme near Stockport
Cheshire
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        Bank June 24th: 1789
Dr Sir

    I receiv'd yours of the 17th:, and am sorry to find
it is dated from Buxton; as I fear too much Water, will not
agree with your Constitution; as being a Liquor, with which your
Stomach has not been much acquainted with of late, unless with a mixture
of somthing thats very good along with it:— however joking a_part,
as I believe Bath Waters, saved my life; I hope you will receive
from Buxton Waters, every benefit you expected or Wish'd for; and that you
will return home, entirely free from ev'ry Complaint.—
    Please to inform M~rs: A Legh, I shall see the person, in a few
days, from whom I bought, her Table Cloths; and don't doubt but
but I can buy some of the same, or such like; which I shall forward
to her, as soon as I can.—
    The many heavy floods, we have had last Winter, and since;
has tore the Banks of the River, in this Estate, in such manner, as
makes it necessary for some Brushwood, or other Means; to be Erected
for the future support of them; and as I should wish to consult you
on that subject, desire you will take a Ride over to Bank, the first
time you come to Haydock, when I will shew you the necessity of
that Work—
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I will assist you with all the Cash I can, at the time you mention, but as yet
I have not received M~r: Ecclestons [tear in page here] Rent, altho'I have wrote to his Steward,
twice on that subject — Most of the low grounds in this country are, or
have been, under water; many of which, I fear, are entirely spoiled.
    I hope this will find Mr: Legh, and his Sister; with all the other branches of
the family, in good health —
    I am Sir
    Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1789

Mr: Orford
Haydock Lodge
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        Preston Octor: 23d: 1789
Dear Sir
    Your Messenger with yours of this date, overtook
me here this day, and had he met with me at home, I
could not have Muster'd, One hundred in Cash; but
happening to meet with a friend here, who has furnished
me with the Inclosed Bill Value 250.. I hope this will
Stop your Mouth on the Cash Account for some time
    As I don't know how soon I can settle the
Account with my friend — I hope to have the
pleasure of seeing you at Bank, when Mr: Gilbert
comes over, but at present we are all under Water;
I am Sir Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter
PS: Please to favor me with your Receipt P~ return of the Post
[in red ink, in different hand, over the postscript] Haydock
Haydock
aug 20. 1790

author PORTER HENRY
1789

M~r: Orford
Lyme near Stockport
Cheshire
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        Bank Octor: 25th: 1789
Dear Sir
    Yesterday I received a Letter from M~r: Gilbert,
wherein he informs me he had a Letter from Mr: Hornby, informing him
that at our last meeting at Croston, it was concluded that he should take
a View of the low Meadows in Bretherton, before another meeting should
be had on the same Account; he informs me he has wrote him, that he
will be at any place he would appoint in this neighbourhood, on Wednesday ^next^
by 11: O'Clock; I think it is highly necessary you should be here at the
same time; and it is what M~r: Gilbert wished when I last saw him;
therefore, I hope you will not fail coming over here at that time,
as he told me he would he would let you know, when he had fixed the
time for his coming; I fear those Lands, are not so clear from Water
as they can be properly View'd at present; but as Mr: Gilbert has fixed
the day for his coming; I cannot think it would be proper to put a
stop to him. As I hope to see you so soon, shall add no more at present,
from Dr: Sir
    Yours most Sincerely, and in great haste
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1790

Mr: Orford
Lyme near Stockport
Cheshire
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        Bank June 1st: 1790
Dr: Sir

    I wrote you some Weeks since, desireing to be informed
whether you had received the Rents, which I sent you by James Grimshaw
the begining of April last;— and also to enquire how Mr: Legh, and the family
at Lyme were in health &c:; but from that day, have not as yet been favor'd with
your Answer, either as a Receipt for the Rents or otherwise; so hope you will
favor me with your Answer at your first opportunity; and please to inform
me how all the family at Lyme are in health &c:
    I don't hear a Word said of the Drainage business since the return
of the Navigation Agents, who went to Obtain ^the Act^ for finishing the Leeds Canal;
only I have hear'd they refused to have the Drainage Bill coupled with theirs.
    The other day, M~r: Bamford Senr: offer'd to Sell me some Lands of
his in this Township, for Mr: Legh; they contain about ten Acres and a half;
they are naturaly good Land, Lying betwixt Bank Farm, and the River, near
Barrowford; and I think may be Purchased worth Money — I shall leave
you to State this matter to Mr: Legh, in such manner as you think most proper,
and shall be glad you will let me have his Answer; it lies much better for him
than any other person; and I should be glad you could come over here, and give
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him your Opinion of it. — I shall be glad to hear from you soon, and am
    Sir
    Your Most Obedt:
    Humble Servt:
    Heny: Porter
NB: The Price Mr: Bamford
Asks for his Land is 650

author PORTER HENRY
1790

M~r: Orford
Lyme — near Stockport
Cheshire
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        Bank 28th: June 1790
Dear Sir
    I received yours of the 15th: Inst: by which I was glad to
find you are still in the Land of the Living, but from your long
silence, I began to be in some doubt about it.—
    The dissolution of Parliament, I have no doubt, will greatly
add to the present expences of your family at Lyme; and I shall always be
happy to contribute all in my power to your assistance.
    As to the Drainage business, M~r: Hornby at our last meeting at
Croston, proposed to have the whole Bill settled in the Country, to prevent any
expensive opposition in the House &c: — I have seen their Plan,
which with a little alteration, I think could be much more agreeable to Mr: Legh,
and a very trifling difference in the expence of the Drain; and as the intended Cut, is
nearly one half of it in his Lands; I think he has a Right to make any small
alteration, provided it does not materialy add to the Expence.
    I intend to come pay my respects to our old Governor, sometime the
latter end of the second Week, or begining of the third Week in this Month; I shall
bring a Plan of the River from Tarleton Weir, to the Township of Croston, along
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with me; when I don't doubt but I can explain the whole affair to you, without their Printed
Conversation, on the subject —
    I am Dr: Sir
    Your Most Obedt:
    Humble Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1790

M~r: Orford
Lyme — near Stockport
Cheshire
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        Preston July 6th: 1790
Dear Sir

    Inclosed I have sent you, two Preston Bank Bills
Value 200.., for which please to favor me with your Receipt.
I hope to come over to Lyme some day next Week, if possible; but as
that is a little uncertain; and I should wish to come, when you think
it will be most convenient to yourself; please to favor me with a
[tear in page, but words are visible on paper attached to seal]Line, giving me that Information; and I will endeavour to wait
[tear, probably only lost o]n you accordingly.— Your Answer will much Oblige
    Sir
    Your Most Obedt:
    Humble Servt:
    Heny: Porter
[in red ink, in another hand, at bottom]Answd. 8.90
[in pencil, on reverse, in poor hand] John Lawrenc
Shore    {*...}
Johnson

author PORTER HENRY
1790

Mr: Orford
Lyme — near Stockport
Cheshire
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        Bank Augt: 1st: 1790
Dear Sir
    Altho' I have heard nothing of our Drainage affair
since I last saw you, yet as I could wish us to be prepared to Answer any
proposals that may be made to us, whenever it is brought upon the Carpet
again; I therefore hope it will be convenient for M~r Fletcher to come along
with you the 13th: Inst; or if it is not Inconvenient to him, I could wish he
came over to Tarleton the 12th: in the evening, as I could let him see the
whole of what is wanted, in the morning of the 13th: before you come; but as
you perfectly know the whole, shall leave you to fix this matter with
M~r: Fletcher in such manner, as you think is best; I'm sorry I'm obliged
to be at Preston on the 14th: by 3: O'Clock in the afternoon, but as I can be
with you 'till 12, I hope we shall have time enough to finish our business.—
    I have got a kind of Information, against two Culprits for
breaking the Lock of our Milk Meadow Yate, but as I'm in some doubt
whether it is strong enough to Convict them upon; shall say no more on that
head 'till I have an opportunity of Consulting you about it
    I am Sir
    Your Most Obedt:
    Humble Servt:
    Heny: Porter

author PORTER HENRY
1790

M~r: Orford
Haydock Lodge
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        Bank 11th: Augt: 1790
Dear Sir

    I received yours of the 6th: — I assure you I never
suspected either M~r: Gilberts Abilities, or his Intentions; but as I apprehend
it may make a very material difference to the Landowners, whether the drain
is made, by the Line set out upon the Plan of Undertakers of the Drainage; or
that set out upon ours; two opinions might perhaps be as well as one about it, but
I assure you, I am far from wishing to throw any cold water upon what our Governor
wishes to have done in this affair, as nearly one half ofthe Cut, is to be in his
liberties. — Besides this Drainage affair, there are several things
in this Country, and which lie in your department, and Mr: Legh's property;
which I could wish you to see; and as you are now so near, it may perhaps be full
as convenient to yourself as any future time — I mean the Banks of the River
in Hoole &c:, where the numerous floods we have had for upwards of twelve Months last,
^are so much broke^ that something should be done to prevent further damages; and if you will but come
and give your Orders, what you would have done; I will get them executed, in the
best manner I can.— The bearer hereof, is our Tenant at Bank, and
if you could, conveniently, let him sleep at Haydock, I shall thank you for it—
    Your Answer, by word of Mouth, will be most agreeable; however let me hear
from you.— I am Dear Sir
    Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter
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P:S: If you see Mr: Gilbert, will you be so kind to pay him for what trouble, he has already had on the Drainage
business, and I will thankfuly repay you—

author PORTER HENRY
1790

M~r: Orford
at Lyme —    near Stockport
Cheshire
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        Bank Septr: 4th: 1790
Dear Sir

    Inclosed I have sent you a Preston Bank Bill, Value
150.. for which, please to favor me with your Receipt by the return
of the Post: — I wrote to Mr: Ecclestons Agent, to inform him of
the time I expected you over here, and desired he would send me Mr:
his Rent for Legh house over at that time; he wrote me for Answer, that
the Tenant on that Farm, was a great deal in Arrear to his Master, besides
the Rent for this Year; and unless we could Indulge him a little longer,
he fear'd he should be under the disagreeable necessity of making him pay,
which would be the Ruin of both him and his family.—
    The first time you come to Haydock, I wish you would contrive
a spare day to spend with me in this neighbourhood.—
    I hope this will find all the family at Lyme in good health,
and am, Dr: Sir
    Your Most H~ble Servant
    Henry Porter
 

author PORTER HENRY
1790

M~r: Orford
Lyme    — near Stockport
Cheshire
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        Bank 22d: Septr: 1790
Dr: Sir
    I received yours of the 18th: from Buxton, and also the Circular Letter
which [word, possibly he, crossed out] ^M~r. Taylor^ mentions to you.—
    I shall certainly attend the meeting of the Drainage Proprietors at Croston,
on the 21st: of October next; and lay before them, Mr: Leghs proposals on that
subject; which I think are very fair and reasonable; and if he pleases; I think
the said Proprietors, should be obliged to make, and forever hereafter Repair; all
Carriage and other Bridges, and Roads, that may be necessary for occupying
the different Proprietors Lands, in the Township of Bretherton; for altho' at
present, we have no such Bridges, none are wanted; or will be, unless the intended
Drain is made; and I wish you could make it convenient to yourself
to spend a Day with me here, I could then explain matters much better to
you on the Spot, than by Writing.—
    The Township of Croston, will certainly be greatly benefitted by
the Drainage; and that without one additional Bridge, Occupation Road, or
even one Spadefull of Earth taken for making any new Drain in that Township;
whilst on the contrary, Bretherton must have the principal Drain Cut
thro' it; which will render all the Bridges &C: necessary.—
    I hope this will find you all well at Lyme, and am
    Sr: Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Henry Porter
P:S: Please to favor me with your Answer

author PORTER HENRY
1790

M~r: Orford
Lyme — near Stockport
Cheshire
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        Bank 22d: Octor: 1790
Dear Sir

    According to M~r: Leghs Instructions, which I was
favor'd ^with^ in your Letter; I attended the meeting of the Drainage Proprietors
at Croston, yesterday; when after reading over, all the different opinions
of the Engineers, and others who have been consulted on the making a
Cut, or Drain through Bretherton Eyes; they are all unanimous in
their opinion, that such Drain, would be of very great Public Utility; and
and may be carried into Execution, without the least prejudice to the Lands
in Bretherton, but expect it will have a different effect; I informed them,
that Mr: Legh was willing to Refer ^the Price of^ such part of his Property as they
might be in want of; to Indifferent persons to be chose by each Party;
and all the other Landowners, and their Tenants, in Bretherton; have no
objections to disposing of theirs in like manner; there being proper Clauses
Inserted in the Act, to confirm such Reference—
    The different proposals &c: were of such length, that I could not
possibly now send you a Copy of them; but Mr: Taylor of Leigh, (who
was yesterday appointed Sollicitor in this affair) has promised me, to furnish
you with Copies, or any other Information you may want on the subject—
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The Meeting was not adjourned to any particular future day, so that the next meeting,
I imagine will be advertised in the Manchester paper as heretofore; and any Information
that I can give you in this [tear here] affair you may depend on me sending it to you
    I hope this will find all the family at Lyme in good health, and am
    Sr: Your Most Obedt: Servt:
    Heny: Porter
PS: I expect at the next Meeting, there will be a Draft of the Intended Act of Parliament
produced; and if so, should not Mr: Legh, have some Gentleman in the Law, attend for him.—

author PORTER WILLIAM
1771

To
Mr Richd: Orford
at Lime
in Cheshire—
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        Haigh Augt: 1st, 1771
Dear Sir
    A gentleman in Preston has made
application to me to Value several Estates
belonging to Mr Barton of Penwortham
lying in Parr, called the Broadoak, Jenkinsons
, &c And also another Estate in Sutton
called Burton Head —
    As these Estates are in your Neighbourhd
and you generaly come to Newton ffair shd
be glad you would contrive to assist me
at that time and I will see you paid [crossed out word, possibly for]
Your compliance herewith will much
oblige Sir Your most Obedt— Servant
    Willm— Porter
Please to give me an answer the first
opportunity—

author PORTER WILLIAM
1771

To
Peter Legh Esqr. MP.
at Lyme
Cheshire
P~ Manchester
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        Haigh, Sepr: 8th 1771
Dear Sir
    Inclosed have sent you the Table you lent me for
which I return you thanks — Richd Melling goes
over this week to Value the Timber, I have order'd
him, Rd Sharrot, & John Atkinson to consider how those
Estates may be divided into Lotts so as to make the
best advantage of the Mines — Some persons may
be induced, thro: a %prospect of the Mines to give a %handsome
price for part of an Estate that would not choose
to purchase the whole — Mrs Tingle was so alarmd
with me talking to her about the Timber that she
wrote that very day to Mr Makon in Preston
    My wife joins me in Complimts. to you and Mrs
Orford — Who am Dear Sir Your most Obedt Servt
    Willm Porter
The Table is very exact, how easy one might
make one for any custom — I have explained mine by
writing more fully than you have done — I forgot the
instructions you gave me & had a %puzling for it. I went
off upon some business & as I was walking along it
came as suddenly to me as it did to you when—

author POTTS J
1788

Mr. Orford
Agent
at Lyme Hall
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Mr. Orford
    Sr. you here Receive Mrs.. Ann Leghs Servants
Watch & Miss Legh's Maids; Watch, backs; Charge 1S/6d each 3S/0
Likewise your Flatt ^Key^ Repair'd to Order - Am
    Sr. with Due Respects to Selfe
    & Family yr mot Obdt Servt.
    Josh.. Potts
Golborn Novbr. 27th.
1788

author POWELL G
1778

Sr
    Mr Leghs Mortgage Money you
know is increased from 7000 to 16,000 the Interest
whereof at 4 P~Ct is 640 P~ Ann~ and is payable
half yearly, Mr Legh always used to remit the
Int punctually every Year and I know will do so
again but as the Sum is become so large, and
Money is wanted here perhaps it would be as
agreeable to him to remit it half yearly, if so
there was 320 for half a years Interest due the
24th June last which we shod, be glad to receive
when convenient,    I am
    Sr yr most h~ble Servt.
    Ger: Powell..
Chancery Lane
17 July 1778
[this letter also has a copy of Orford's reply written onto the front page, which is transcribed below]

author ORFORD RICHARD
1778

        Lyme 24 July 1778
Sir
    Your favor of the 17 Inst. found here
last night on my return to this place having been
from here for a %week. — I observe the Conts. &
you shall here from me with a Remittance as soon
as possible, but Mr. Legh has been put about lately in
his Money matters (tho not on this own Account)
but hope you'll have no reason to complain on the
payment of Interest, And shall be happy in
making every thing agreeable to you in my power.
    I am &c R

author PRINCE J
?1789

To
Mr. Orford
Haydock Lodge.
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Sir,
    A disagreeable circumstance happen'd sometime
since in our family, which I should have
inform'd you of by letter at the time, but from the
probability of seeing you. I forgot to mention it
to-night, and shall leave it to your Son to
explain to-morrow [the latter part of the word is written over other letters]. Every precaution in my power
has been taken on the occasion, & I have as little
reason to rejoice that matters have turn'd
out infintely better than I expected. I have
likewise desired him to beg of you permission to
send for some runners & cuttings from the Shrubberies
at Haydock — whenever you can prevail on
yourself to favour us with your company
for an hour or two at Winwick you will do
a great pleasure to myself & Mrs. Prince; Who
joins with me in respectful compliments to
yourself & Mrs. Orford — I am, Sir,
    Your Oblgd Sert
    J. Prince
Winwick Saturday night.


author PYE BENJAMIN
?

To
Mr. Orford.
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Mr. Orford!
Sir!
    We thank You for your obliging
Message by the Family Servant —
    The Result of your Interview with
Mrs Ann Legh is of Moment to
My Son in Particular, as The Happiness
of his Dearest Friend depends
on it.
    At Eight o'Clock to_morrow
Morning, Your Appearance here will
be anxiously expected.
    I am
    Yr. very. h S.
    Benj Pye
Eight o'Clock.

author RANDLE HUGH
1779

To
Mr. Halford to be left
At Peter Legh Esqr
of Lyme nair Disley in
Cheshire
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        Novemb~ Ye 14th 1779
Mr Halford
    I send theis few lines to you sir put
I hoap thire will be no offence about
theis the acount his I want to beg
a line or two of Caritor of you if you
will be so kind as to wright me a line
or two I shall be very much ablidge
to you Sir for them for Intend to
go to London this Next time with
Sir Watkin Williams [there may be an apostrophe after the m of Williams] his family
and Mr Carter says he will
Recommend me to a place I am in
A Good place still Working at wynn
Stay and am Clark to the Socieaty
Club held at the Eagles in Ruabon
now at presant I Did like Lyme very
well and all the family and I mit bing
thire yet put for the beakar he was
the most Evdence against me telling lies
on me to Mr Taylor Remember me Sir to
Mr. Taylor if you plase and I shall be very
Glad to no how he his and all enquiring
friends I should Reather Come to live to
Your Cuntry then go up to London
becose it is such a bad time at presant
if you Can Recommend me Sir to ^a place^ one I
shall be very much Ablidge to you from
your most Obedient Sarvant Hugh Randle[flourish at end, could be s?]
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To be shure I may heave Caritars
in my one Cuntry Anun put they
will not Do so Well becose I have
not bing in a %place before if you
plase to Derect to ^the^ Egles in Ruabon
in the County of Denbigh for me
    Hugh Randles

author RANDLES JOHN
1778

Mr: Orford
Haydock to be left
at Mr. Crossleys
Warrington
[another hand has noted alongside Carriage Paid, and N.1 after Mr: Orford. There are also calculations and a sketch on this page]
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        Liverpool 23 Sept 1778
Mr: Orford
Sir
    I recived your letter
and am exceeding sorry to see your
Bags have been left behind: I have
blam'd my Ostler much for his
remissness and am myself much
trouble to see your disappointment
I hope Mr. Orford will excuse it
and he may be assured I will take
care no matter of ye kind shall [tear in page here]
again if I can prevent it andd [tear here]
am Sir —
    Your obedt: humble: Ser.
    Jns Randles
ye~ Kay youl find in ye inside
ye Bags—

author RAWLINSON THOMAS
1778

To
Mr Hallfot
Steward to Mr Lee
Lime
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        Henbury January ye 15 1778
Sir wm meredith Complymants to Mr hallfot
hee will not want him to Come over at presant
hee is going up to London but will Send when
hee wood have him to Come
    from your wallwicher
    Thos Rawlinson

author RAWSTORNE LAWRENCE
1788

Mr Orford
Lyme
near Stockport
Cheshire
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        Preston, Jan: 29th. 1788
Sir
    Mr Pryding duly forwarded to me your
letter of Decr: 20th, concerning a mistake in regard to the
late Mr Atherton's marriage Settlement, which being drawn
up o{*}ly in 1763, it has rather surprised me, that it
shoud so long have escaped all the parties. As I was
quite a stranger to the affair, I thought it necessary to procure
a copy of the Settlement in question before I coud
return an answer, which will I hope be a sufficient
apology for the present delay. The extract you sent to
Mr Pryding is very accurate, & there is nothing in any other
part of the Settlement that I can find, which will assist
us in clearing up the difficulty. By that it appears most
certainly that to Mrs Atherton's marriage portion which
was 6666. 13S. 4d, Mr Legh agreed to add the farther
yearly sum of 166. 13S. 4d, during the joint lives of the late
Mr and Mrs Gwillym, or untill the death of the late
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Mrs Legh, which shoud first happen. As the late
Mr Atherton never mentioned a syllable to me on the
subject, so that I am perfectly a stranger to the real intention
of the parties at the time when the Settlement was
drawn up, we must beg leave to refer the matter to Mr
Legh himself, who is I believe the only person now surviving,
who was a party to it & who can explain what
those intentions were. The late Mr Atherton by his Will
left his personalty to his daughters, whose fortunes will be
very small, therefore whatever was overpaid to him during
his lifetime, must come from them. If Mr Legh will
be so good as to consider the matter at his leisure, &
you will favor me with his sentiments on the subject,
I will forward ^them^ to Mr Atherton, who is now at Rome,
    & am, Sir,
    Your most obedt. Servant
    Law: Rawstorne
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Mrs Rawstorne begs to join me in Compts: to the family.

[in another hand using red ink below this is a calculation]
Sulthrop Interest of 3333.6S.8d —166.13S.4d
Norbury i~te.— of 3333.6.8 — 166.13.4
P. Legh Esq~. to pay till the Death of
Mr. Gwillym & his Wife mother to Mr
Atherton, or till Death of Mrs. Legh
to make the above 500 P~ Ann~ [this text is bracketed off and alongside it is a figure] 166.13.4
                    500."."

author RAWSTORNE LAWRENCE
1788

Mr Richd. Orford
Haddock Lodge
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        Atherton, April 18th. 1788
Sir
    Mr Pryding has just favor'd me with your
Note of yesterday, & I am happy to find that my letter on
so delicate a subject was so lucky as to meet with Mr Legh's
approbation. If I was not under an engagement to dine today
[crossed out are the words I woud have] at Preston. I woud have taken a ride over
to Haddock to have had some farther conversation with
you on the subject, but Mr Taylor says he will be so kind
as to take a ride over, if you will let him know what
time will be most convenient to you. I am, Sir
    Your most obedt. Servant
    Law: Rawstorne

author RAWSTORNE LAWRENCE
1788

Mr Orford
Lyme,
Stockport
Cheshire

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        Preston, July 29th.
                    1788
Sir

    Your favor of the 14th. inst. which I duly
received I inclosed to Mr Atherton, who will be I am [word crossed out, probably very]
certain very anxious to know Mr Legh's opinion on the
Matter in question. You will oblige us much by bringing
with you the statement of the Account, as you propose, the
next time you come to Haddock Lodge, as I know it is
very much Mr Atherton's desire to have the whole business
settled as expeditiously as possible. Shoud you come over
about the time of Newton Fair,, I believe we shall then be
at Atherton, & I will certainly take an opportunity of seeing
you.        I am, Sir,
    Your obedt. Servant
    Law: Rawstorne
Mrs Rawstorne begs to join me in
Compts: to Mr Legh, Mrs Ann Legh & Miss Legh

[this letter has two sheets glued to the front page, written in another hand, with notes at the top of the second in red ink in the same hand, identical to the hand which annotated the first letter in the Rawstorne correspondence]
[the following is transcribed from the top sheet]
Dr. P. Legh Esq~. — With — R. V. A. Atherton esq Cr.
B Mr. Reginald Heber Ex~or to the late Robt. Gwillym Esq~. gave
his Receipt for all Interest &c up to and due 25 July 1778 —
1779 July 25To a yrs. paymt. —333.6S.8dOct.1.79By J Ashworth's Rect.500.—S.—d
1780 July 25To a yrs. do~.—333.6.8Aug17.80By do~.—.—500—
1781 July 25To a yrs. do~.—333.6.8Dec.7.81By do~.—250—}500—
June1.82By do~.—250
1782 July 25To a yrs. do~.—333.6.8Mar.8.83By do~.—250..}750—
Sepr.8.83By do~.—400..
Nov.29.83By do~.—100
1783 July 25To a yrs. do~.—333.6.8
1784 July 25To a yrs. do~.—333.6.8Sepr.18.84By do~. —500—
1786 Jany. 25To a yr & do~.—500—By Mr. Rydings Rect.500—
1787 Jany. 25To a yrs.—do~.—333.6.8By Mr. Rydings do~.—500—
2833.6.8}4250 —
1416.13.4By Mr Rydings—do500
4250

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[on second sheet a similar account, omitted here]

author RICHARDSON GERARD
1788

Mr.. Richd. Orford
Lyme Stockport
Cheshire
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        London Feby. 27th. 88
Mr R Orford
Bt of G Richardson
To 20 G_s_ Overproof Brandy}—8/68..10..0
Cask—Leigh Esqr
Lyme0.6.3
10 1/8 G_s_ Overproof Brandy}—8/64.6.1
CaskThompson
Surgeon0..4.6
Stockport
13..6..10
Sir AGreable to your order I have this day
sent the above ^as^ directed P~ Bass & Morris
which I hope you will Come safe to
Hand, and I doupt not but meeting
the Approbation wish,d for — y{*} having
sent of the best Quality Imported and
Charged at a %small advance on the
Importation Cost — your Bills One
on Bullerworth for 14 — the Other
on N_o_. 16 Cheapside for 5..5.0 — which
I have Carried to your Cr and am
Sr Your Obliged M~ hble. Sert.
    G Richardson
173 Bishopsgate Street

[on the reverse of the letter at the top there is a note in a different hand, obscured by a tear and by a stamp]part ag*...} is {*...}

author RICHARDSON GERARD
1787

Mr.. Richd. Orford
at Line near
Disley
Cheshire
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[the opening of this letter is handwritten onto printed headed notepaper]
Mr.. Richd Orford London [London is printed] Decer 1 1787[the 17 of the date is printed]
[this section printed:]Bot: of Gerard Richardson
BRANDY, RUM and WINE MERCHANT,
the Original City Repository and Jamaica Rum Warehouse,
No. 173, Bishopsgate Street without.[end of printed section]
197/8 Gallons finest Overproof Brandy8/38.4.0
3 Gallons Brandy Shrub— 8/61.5.6
Cartns— 8..3
9..17..9
Sr AGreable to your order I have this day sent
the above P~ Bass & Morris which I hope [torn page]
you will receive safe and Doupt not but
approve haveing sent of the Best Quality
Imported and Charg'd the Lowest Price
for, which [phrase beginning I is crossed out here] your Order for
Payment at Short date, and Continued
favours with recomendation will be
Esteem'd a %favour by Sr— your
    Obliged M~ hble.. Sert..
    G Richardson
[in another hand? follows a note]
Feby. 23 remited No.61—14
63—5.5—
19.5    

author RICHARDSON PHILIS
1788

M~r Rich~d. Orford
Line Near Disley
Post Paid        Cheshire
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[this entire letter is printed, except for the figure 19 in the date and the addressee, which is above]
        London, 19 May, 1788.
SIR,
    I Beg Leave to tender this to inform you of the Death of my
Husband Gerard Richardson, Brandy, Rum and Wine Merchant, Bishopsgate
without, and return my sincere Thanks for all Favours conferred on
Mr. Richardson in his Life Time. The Business in future will be carried
on by SELF, SMITH & Co. who earnestly intreat you for your
continued Favours and Recommendations; same Time pledge ourselves
that every Attention will be paid to merit the same, and your Orders ever
be esteemed a Favour by
    SIR,
    Your obliged and very humble Servants,
    Philis Richardson, Smith & Co.
N. B. Please to direct to Philis Richardson, Smith & Co. Brandy, Rum
and Wine Merchants, at the Old City Repository, No. 173, Bishopsgate—
without, London.

author RICHARDSON HENRY
?1773

Mr Orford
    I have Incloseed a bill ^15 Vallue^ for you
the times, is near Run up, and as soon
as we have gott Our Corn Cutt and housed
I will Come up with the C{*...}t: and am
Your Humb: Servt: &c H: Richardson
Norbury
Monday None

author RICHARDSON HENRY
?1773

To
Mr: Orford
at
Lyme
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Mr. Orford
    My Man is gott into the
Houses at Norbury moor and was
Leading Scouring of the Ditchess into
the New Inclosure when Saml: Burton
give him Notiss to Desist from leading
any Moor as he tould him he had no
Wright so to Do without his Consent—
I Desire you'll will fix somthing about
the gate to Lock and let them Know the
Charge the are to Have and weather Mr:
Devemport is to have a Cheas Road or
not — the Sooner this is Done and
the moor Sattisfaction it will be to them
I in_Tend Comeing up to Lyme the begining
of this week if you be at Lyme I am
Yr Houmbl Servt. H: Richardson
Norbury—
Sunday morning

[in pencil on reverse of the letter is the following note:]
Thursday J. O. to
meet at Disley
Timber for J.S

author RICHARDSON HENRY
1775

M~r Orford
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        Norbury 10th March 1775—
Sir
    Yours Came to hand Tuesday morning
last we had gott a %new tub made and sent
it of by Pickfords waggon the monday morng:
befour we R{**}vd: your Letter we Intend
Obeing your Order onest a %week till we see
you at Lyme — my wife was with
Mrs: Orford on Wensday last the was all
well Excepting your Sevt: maid who was
poorley then — Old william S{***}dely
wated on Our Masr: the monday morning
affter you left Lyme with the usuall
Clamour about Disley hall; Hen~ Pownall
and I have Vewed the wheat again and find
One Accor Very much Deficiant we perposed
for Edward to ^plow^ Soe, and fiend Seed and Harrow
that Accor at his Expence again with oty.—
Edward & wm— are booth Ill nattur'd how this ^will^—
take Cannot Say.— pray give My Respects
to All Inquireing friend; and am Your
Very Humbl: Servt:
    Henry Richardson
 

author RICHARDSON HENRY
1778

Mr: Orford
Lyme
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Mr: Orford
    Mr: Davemport from
Leek was on the Roads ^Yesterday^ Leading to Macclesfield
and Sett Men On to widen the Roads Whear
he thought was to Str{*}et he began at my
Brother Thos: Richardson and Sett that part
Over against Bu{*}ding to be Ten Yards wide
and Continued from the Cosway over gainst D{*...}lfield
up to_wards Norbury for about 20 Roads takeing
a Little from both fields the men he orderd
to beginn on Monday next Saying when it
Dictched and fenced Sett with Quick wood to be Mesured
Desire you will A_Quaint my Masr: with the
above from Your Humbl Servt:
    Henry Richardson,
Norbury 23d
Jan y 1778
[at bottom, upside down in larger letters:]R R

author RICHARDSON HENRY
1778

Mr: Orford
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        Augst: 10 1778
Mr Orford
    This Morning not One Brick setter
Came to work but Thos Adset and Lad
Satterday night the took there Trowels
and Tooles without Saying any_thing
to Mr; Brothurst and wild was in
there hay and this Morning Brothurst
went to Stockport to See what was the
Matter the Answer was not a %man
as Labourer to work under 10d and a %pint Eal
The Trowel men 20d and a %pint Eal a day
how Ever he has Engaged them till your
Return back, I %think Our men are
as much Out of there way as them
the Better Sort of working men Cannot
be %fixed to work with_Out Extravegant
wagess.— they Can tell us of Mr:
Dickisson giveing 2s 3d P~ day for the men
he has at work, — who left our work
with_Out ^us^ giveing them Leave
From Your Humbl: Servt:
    H: Richardson
      new page
N: B. Since I wrote this Letter The most Part
of our Coal gotters have Revoak there Coal gotting
in the Carmel Mine Desire your Company on
Monday morning at Engine

author RICHARDSON JOHN
1771

        Lyme Augt. 24.1771
Mr. Orford
    Sir
    Mr Roes Letter Came to me on Tusday last
the Person that Brought it. Disired ^me^ to write to you.
that when you made the writeing betwext Mr. Legh and
Mr. Roe you wd. mention the old road by late Charles Cooks
which wd. be Convenient for them. We Cleard. up all the Old
hay on Monday last. and the Vitches on Tusday. Wensday
we had Rain all Day. but To_Day has Been faire
and we Shall have All the Ca{**}es Down to_morrow
if the Weather will permitt. We gott 4000 of Brick
last Friday from Thornley. — Shall want 1000 more
of Peatts Brick. if the weather will permtt Shall Lay the
roof on Tusday next. Pimley has Kiln all the Brick
and thinks to Set fire to them. To_morrow as Soon as he has
Finishd Caseing but uses Slick in Caseing which may be wright
    I am Sir your Humble Sert.
    J~n Richardson

author RICHARDSON JOHN
1774

To
Mr Orford
Haydock
      new page

        Lyme 18 Octr. 1774
Mr Orford
    Sir
    by the Bearer you have 40 Ewes and 70
Lams you know our Town meets Haydock Town on
Thursday morning ^Next with 40 Measures of Beans at Dunham^ Disire them
to be in good Time, Shd like to Know when you return to Lyme
by reason Worth rent day is on Tuesday next and the
Tenants will be in want of Cash or Bills, if you shd not
Come to Lyme before then, Shd. be glad if you wd. Send
by the Bearer a 25 Bill which wd be all that wd be wanted
at this time. I have not had any Letter from my son
which gives me much uneaseness, but Mrs Legh has
had a Letter from Mr Burchell that he has liverd the
watches and other things sent by him to shore
    I am Sir your Hble Servt
    J~n. Richardson

author RICHARDSON JOHN
1775

To
Mr. Orford
Haydock
      new page
        Lyme 13. Sepr. 1775
Mr Orford
    Sir
    By the Bearer I Rece'd your Letter
and the Cattle safe. Our Master goes To_morrow
To Mattlock with Mr Kecks &c and stays all night
and returns the Day following .we gott. the Oats in
the day after you left Lyme. and shall finish Cutting
Beans the Latther end of this week if the weather
will Permitt I have sent you the Book to your
order which I hope youll. Receive Safe, matters goes
on well at Preasant. we send the Coverd Cart
to Stoughton on Sa^t^terday next
    I am Sir your very Hble Sert
    in Hast. J~n. Richardson

author RICHARDSON JOHN
1779

Mr. R. Orford
Haydock
      new page
Mr Orford
    Sir
    have here_with Inclos'd you Bills of the roads
now finish'd and Disires you will [two words crossed out] see Mr. Hegenboth{*}m
I cannot Get any_thing of his Tenants they Disir'd me
to Send the Bill by and and you to Settle it with there Landlord
you will much Oblige your
    Most Hble Servt
    J~n Richardson
Lyme 10th June 1779

author RICHARDSON JOHN
1779

Mr. Orford
Lyme
      new page
Mr. Orford
    Sir
    I disire youll do all you can for me in this road
acct. I have Ten pounds to pay on Friday next
which if I do not pay I Shall have so Trouble about
And beg you will assist me at this time and for
ever Shall be Oblige'd to you and am
    Sir your Hble Servt
    J~n Richardson
28 July 79

author RICHARDSON JOHN
1783

Mr. Orford
Haydock
      new page
Mr.. Orford
    Sir
    I Beg you Will Send me by Green One Guinea and
Half I have David Jackson to pay for {*}ys and {*...}
this weeks end or Sunday and have Been Soweing wheat
that I Cd. not thrash and , Corn you will much Oblige
    Your Hble Servt
    J~n. Richardson
Lyme 25 Sepr. 1783

[in another hand, the following note] NB Sent him a guinea by Green

author RICHARDSON JOHN
1789

Mr Orford
Lyme
      new page
Mr. Orford
    Sir I am left Alone and am in a poor Destressed
Condition which is all Oweing to my self, I Beg you will
lett me have a fue Coals if you please. and if my poor wife
Wd: ^come^ to me wd give me the more Content, which if you wd Send for her
to Lyme and talk with her, a s{**}y affairs are now
Settled and I think I can have a Cow or 2 more — if she wd. come
again for What good are sold were not ^so much^ use_full as the apearence
I am not affread of do Better than time past if she wd come again
which must be by you alone
    I am Sir your most Hble Sert
    Jn Richardson
29 May 89

author RICHARDSON, SMITH AND KNOWLES
1789

[The correspondence of Richardson, Smith and Knowles is probably out of chronological order. Transcribed first here is the second item of two]

Mr. Richd. Orford
Line Near Disley
Cheshire
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        To Richardson &C.~ Dr
Mr. Orford
1788
June 7th: To 20G..0Qt..1pt of Op Brandy 8/6 — 8.11.0
                                    Cask — 6.3
                                        8:17.3
Sir
    We will be much obliged to you
for a remittance of the above Bill, our Credit
in general is but two months, and this as been
long standing. Your complyance P~ return
of the post will much oblige Sr.
    Yr. Hum~. Servant
    Richardson Smith & Knowles
London March 27: 1789
No. 173 Bishopsgate St.
[there follows a short calculation, omitted here]

author RICHARDSON, SMITH AND KNOWLES
1789

[The first item is a composite made up of three sheets, joined together, two of which are separate letters. Much of the material is accounts and has been omitted]


Mr Richd Orford
at Lyme Stockport nr Dishley
Cheshire
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        London
Mr Orford
    Dr. to P Richardson Excutrix of G Richardson
[there follows an account, relating to the purchase of brandy, omitted here]
Sr. The above is the State of your account [mimim missed out],, which
I make no doubt. but you will find Right, —
all the Dealings you had with Mr G Richardson
before the begining of the above Act. was settled
at Mr Maskews; Tea dealer, for which Mr
Maskew had Bills of all the Acounts, [mimim missed out] before
      new page
if you should want [word a? crossed ou] to know of the ^Goods^ paid
for by Mr Maskew, and who had them, will
with a line from you send the ^Acounts^ but I
should think as Mr Maskew had all the
Bills, when he paid has accordingly sent
them to you, I Return you thanks for
all past favours, [minim missed out in u] as your futer Commands
and Recommendations will be always
gratefully Accknowledged by Sr
for Self &C~
    Your Oblidg~ Humbl Servt.
    J Smith
Yr Brandy continues as usual in price 8/6
Yr Rum — 7/6
NB. I have not Recd any letter from you
before this which now I answer

[joined to this letter is another which was sent separately. The address is transcribed below, but the content is a page of accounts, again for brandy, all omitted here]
Mr. Richd, Orford
at Lyme near Disley
Cheshire

[also attached to these two letters is a third sheet, wihout an address. It begins with half a page of accounts, omitted here]

The above is all the Goods that was sent into the
Country that was ordred by Mr Hammond, any other
particular that you please to want I
will Informe you; your Bills came safe
to hand 29..14.10. have placd the same to
your Acct. which settles the same, the Goods
had since the above you have an Account off
in my last., am much oblidgd to you for all past
favours. hope to be favourd with a continuance
of them and Recomendations which will
much oblidge
    Your very Humble Servts
    P Richardson Smith & Knowles
London May. 4. 89

author RICHMOND ROBERT
1785

Mr. Orford
WO
At Peter Legh Esq~.
Haydock Near Warrington[in another hand] Lyme Disley Cheshire
      new page
Dr. Sr
    You was so obliging when Mr Hesketh's leaseholds in
Warrington were to be disposed of about two years ago
to apply to Mr. Legh for leave to sell them in parcells as
being the most advantageous for Mr. Hesketh and to make
me acquainted that Mr Legh was willing it then to be so
But at that time we were prevented from selling by
reason of there being a charge of fifteen pounds a year
on these premises by old Mr. Hesketh's will for his Son
Henry during his life so that there was at that time
no other way of selling than alltogether (subject to the
amenity). And the Estate in that Manner would not
have raised as much Money as would have paid the
Mortgage upon it. — We have prevailed at last on Mr
Wm.. Hesketh and another Gentleman to secure the
amenity to Mr. Henry Hesketh in another Manner
so that he may so lease these premises therefrom
by which we shall be enabled to sell the Estate in
parcels as the most advantageous method for
poor Mr. Hesketh's sake which we hope Mr.
Legh [two or three words crossed out] will not be averse to, having
before experienced your good Nature on the business
Be so good to present my respects to Mr. Legh and
favor me with an answer I am
    Sir Your Most Obedt. Servt.
    Robt. Richmond
Liverpool 20th.. Septr. 1785.

[in a different hand] Answ'd saying as Consent was given & did not
wish to say more to my Master &c

author RIDLEY C
1771

To
Mr Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
        Macclesfield 18th March 1771,
Sir
    Not knowing when I could meet with you at
Lyme, have taken the liberty to send you
Mr Leghs Bill, I desire the Favor that you
will either send me the Cash by some safe hand
(and I will send you a receipt for the Same) or please
to let me know when you shall be at Lyme and
I will wait upon you there which will much oblige
    Sir you most hble Sert
    Ct Ridley
The last 12 Gallons of Rum was sent to London
by Mr Leghs Orders to Me from Stoughton Grange

author RIDLEY C
1771

To
Mr Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
        Lyme 3d Sepr 1771
Mr Orford
    Sir
    Taking it for granted you have forget my
affair have taken the liberty to inclose
Mr Leghs Bill as it now stands, next Week
but one I am to go to Liverpool where I shall
have Occasion for what Cash I can raise, but
paper will answer my purpose as well as Cash
If therefore you have an Opportunity to send
me a 20— Bill and one of 10..— I will send
a receipt and the balance for the same, in so doing
you will greatly oblige
    Sr your very hble Sert
    Ct Ridley
If I do not hear from you the begining of next Week
will attend you at Lyme some day in that Week

[at the bottom of the page, in another hand, is a note]240

author RIDLEY C
?1772

Sir
    I recd. the Favor of yrs. am Sory that I should
make a Second mistake, This I can justly assure you
that was not by disign, I deal with several Mr Leghs
The quantity is what Mr Legh of Eaton generaly has at
a time, however that be, it give me great concern I shou'd make
any mistake I am certain that I had not any sinister design
in View.
    I thought it proper to send another Bill which is here
inclosed,
About 3 Weeks ago I had a puncheon of Rum from my Son
at Jamaica quantity 100 Gallons, 65 Gallons of which is now
Casing up and is to be sent into Wales next Week to three
Gentlemen there, it is 11 Gallons over proof and is the very best
Rum I have had for a long time past, I paid for over proof
2..10..11, for which reason I advanced the price 6d a Gallon
which I chose rather then to lower it in the quality, which
I had a right to do in the presence of the Officer, it is of
an excellent flavour and will make Punch 5 to 1, I have
30 Gallons left which I shall keep for Mr Legh if he
approves of it, I expect 4 more Puncheons from my Bror
every Post, but it is very uncertain whether any one of
them will be so good as this I have by me
    I remain good Sir your very hble Sert
    Ct Ridley
[in the left margin of the page, written at right angles to the text is the following note]for over proof 5/1d P~r Gallon

author RIDLEY C
1777

Mr Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
        Macclesfield 11th Jan~y 1777
Mr Orford
    Sir
    Inclosed is Mr Leghs Bill for Rum and
Brandy, I some time ago sent you Mr Kecks Bill
by his and Mr Legh Orders which Bill was
12..10..0,
I shall take it as a very great Favor if you will be so
good as to give me a Line or send me Word when I
may wait upon you
    This Favor Sir
    will greatly Oblige
    your very hble Sert
    Ct Ridley
The Rum is of the very same as Mr Legh had last

author ROBERTSON BETTY
1778

Mr. Holford
at Lime Hall
near [word crossed out, perhaps Didsbury] Disley
      new page
        Novr. 17th. 1778—
Mr. Holford
    Sr.
    Robert Scholes has done
me great damage by pulling down the
Wall & Ditch, and I made my Application
to Sr. Thomas's Egerton Steward & saw him
but he rather declined in haveing any_thing
to do with the affair he told me I must
get some Neighbour to see into the affair
but as he found I was very urgent
in his s{**}ry about it himself
he than desired me to know of
you when you wou'd meet him at
Blakeley, so Sr. I beg you will send
me word or to Sr. Thomas's Steward when
it would suit you to meet him at
Blakeley, Mr Holford I am surpriz'd I
have not seen you before this time—
I desire to know when you will come over
to receive your rents Sr
    I am your most Obt.
    H~ble Servant
    Betty Robertson

author ROBINSON JAMES
1778

To
Mr. Richard Orford
at
Haydock lodge
      new page
        Sankey bridges 25th. June 1778.
Sir
    If you be at leisure on Tuesday next Mr. John
Ashton and me will come to Haydock, to agree
with you for his house and, the adjoining lott; I wish
you may finish the bargain to the satisfaction of both
sides, as I hope you will, as it has been talked on
before. Mr. Ashton must either make a bargain, or his
house repair'd which will cost a considerable sum
to make it deserve the rent he now gives for it,
but these circumstances you are acquainted with.
    I could wish if time permits that the lease for Bradley
Mill may be ready on Tuesday. If the day does not suit
Please to advise by a line which will oblige yours, &c
    James Robinson.

author ROBINSON JAMES
1781

To
Mr. Richard Orford
at Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
        Sankey bridges 3d Sepr. 1781.
Sir
    Tho' Mr Merrick agreed with Mr. Daintith to
refer the business to you, respecting Mr. Key & Mr. Ashton's
premisses, he now refuses to do it by letter to you,
but will do it personally; in order to satisfy him
wish you write a day or two before you have business
this way, & then the 2 parties may hear your opinion,
as the 2 arbitrators Merrick & Daintith refer to
Your decision.
    I am your hum~. ser~.
    James Robinson.
P.S. Your old friend Peter Wright died last
Wednesday after a short illness, confined about 8 days.

author ROBINSON JAMES
1789

Mr. Rd. Orford
Lyme hall
Cheshire
      new page
        Sankey bridges 26th. June 1789
Mr. Orford
    Sir
    The proprs. was here last Wednesday on
their annual survey, and amongst other enquiries they
found the lease for Bradley mills was not executed, the
term for which was 63 years, 18 years are past last
Candlemas, they wish to have it done directly, & rather
than have it put off, if you send instructions. Mr.
Kerfoot must draw the lease, & they order'd me to
pay you same as if you drew the lease yourself.
I desire there may be no delay as I had a strict
charge to expedite the business. If Mr. Legh cannot
grant a lease for 63 years, they will be content
with one for 21 years commencing last Candlemas.
    I am your hum~. sert.
    James Robinson

author ROBINSON JOHN
1785

To
Mr allford agent
to Peter Leigh ^Esqr^, of
Lime near Stockport
Cheshire
      new page
        Tably Sepr. 11 1785
Sir
    I Receved a %fue Lynes from Willi^a^m
Harisson in wich he menshoned he had
been with you about the Keepers place
at Lime, I beleve him to be a %very industerous
sober onest man, and is as good a %shott
as any in the County, and from my own
Ral{*} sentements think him a %very Likeley
man to shute the Place — I hope your
good Famely are all well so Conclude
my selfe your Humb: Sart &~
    John Robinson

author ROE CHARLES
1771

To
Mr Orford at Lyme
P~rt
      new page
        Macclesfd— Febry— 27th, 1771—
Sir
    I have been Endeavouring to Secure a Quantity
of Coals to Succeed what is got already, for our Works,
& have agreed to take one half with Mr. Venables of
those in the Sponse, a Lease [word crossed out] has been agreed for
with Mr. Legh for these, the Term Eleven Years, wch
Mr Venables desires to be Executed — I beg y~ favour
You will give me the Direction to Mr. Legh, as I woud
Sollicit for a longer Term for Us, wch. I'm perswaded
He will grant, As They Lye so far from Sale, &
We can Occasion by our Works a large Consumsion,
& that is the principal Thing wanted in this Situation
— consequently his Interest
    I am, Sir
    Yr. very h~ble Servt
    Chas Roe

author ROE SAMUEL
?1779

To
Mr.. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
Sir
    I have enclos'd you the Copy of Lease
you sent — when you have drawn a Copy,
please to send it over to be examin'd—
    I am Sir
    Your Obedt. Sert.
    Samuel Roe

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1767

        Haydock Jany. 4: 1767—
Mr Orford
Sir
    Last Monday morning we began to Boar the watr. off
out of Thos. Lowes pit but had the bad fortune to miss the pit
Old Ned set them to Boaring in another place which found
its way into the pit on Wednesday Evening — It was Thursday
morning before we cd. go down to do any_thing, We had every
thing ready upon the Brow as was thought needfull, I got
Ra. Hunt to go down to assist them in seting Brick but all
to no purpose — we had no sooner put in the Plug but in abt.
2 or 3 Minutes time it whent through the all parts of the
Wall which was 3 Brick thick set in Leigh Lime as well
as possable cd. be — I do assure you its out of the Power
of Man to stop it, as what I thought it was, However the
Men as done as much as ever lay in their ^powr.^ to do it, We had
20 down in the pit besides a No. upon the Brow which
whent down last Thursday morning early and never was out
of the pit but at hard labour day & Night till yesterday abt.
one oClock — I'm sure I do not know what to do with
the Hands we have (now, as we are drown'd out), nor what
to do for Coal, Davie & Greeno have got their pit down in the
Redmans Earth, The Boarers go on very slowly in the Burr,
I really believe it to be the same as that in Davies & Greenos
pit. I think it wd. be the best to sink upon it at a venture
but your thoughts upon it — We shall begin of Sinking 2 other
pits on the Crop & Level of Greeno's pit. I wd. have you make
the best of the watr. you can, as it possably cannot be stop'd
& As the Generall part of the Coal is got in Higher delf & a good deal
in the Lowr. I look upon the Coal as a Loss or no Loss considering
the quantity of watr. we wind and the depth we wind the Coal
that the Profit cannot be very considerable had we Coal to
supply our Sale)
    I am Sr. Yr. Hble Servt.
    H Richardson
P.S Desire you will send
me some Cash, I hd. better then
100 yesterday & have not one
farthing left. The machine
Carters, Labours. at Haydock
&c are wanting and have none

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1767

To
Mr: Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
        Haydock Janry. 11: 1767
Mr. Orford
Sir
    After I had wrote to you the watr.
was as Powerful as ever, and as I saw the Fault
where we Err'd, I thought it practicable of
Stoping it — I got one Lyon of Parr who is
acquainted with Leigh lime, and knows the
Nature of tempering it, and at the same time
is really a Good hand in Brick setting, After this
I had some discourse along with young Greenall
of Parr who was the Stoppage of the Grievance
there. We concluded to begin of it last Monday
Evening which was the time I saw them, Accordingly
we made a foundation for our Wall which
was abt. 32F:9I Long 9F deep & 6F..9I thick at the
bottom, but as we kept raising our Wall we
diminish'd in Thickness. Friday evening we
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plug'd it up, the wall not being properly simmer'd
together, it issued out of a great many Joints in the
Wall by the Violence of the Water & Air in the
Cavity, last night it Burst out the Plug but was
Stop'd imediately, today we have been down, and
have Cork'd it well with C{***} & wedges where it
issued the most, that I dare say it does not make
above 2 Buckets ^in^ a Hour; when the the Morter
is grow'd hard, I do not doubt but we can stop the
whole by Corking, if it does not break out else_where.
    I have set out two pits in the Redmans Earth
for to sink, but did not know how to preceed—
where we have been boaring, whether to Sink or
no, not having Your Answr.
    I am Sr. Yr. very H~ble Servt.
    Harry Richardson
P.S. Since I wrote
the above it is
burst in upon us
by a soft Brick failing
and can give you no further Acct. of it at present but am in Hopes

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1767

To
Peter Legh Esqr. — M.P.
at
Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
      new page
        Haydock Jan^Feb^ Febry. 10th: 1767
Mr. Orford
Sir
    Haigh's seems to be more uneasy
concerning his joint as you have not wrote.
Our Sinking pit o'th back of old Neds
Shapes but very bad, we have sunk to
upwards of 18 Y~ds deep and cannot meet
with any metall that will stand without
Bricking — to all appearance it is as
rotten as that in the Redmans Earth which
run together — We ^have^ sold all those coals
which was at Bates pit, in Jenkens meadw.
That pit as Davie & Greeno is Sinkg in
the Redman's Earth Lane I expect they will
set upon the hard tomorrow, they have had
deal of bad metal, Glave's Lads are in the
Burr — We have found the fault which
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has taken all the Coal out in drivg. in the East side
of that pit which Naylors Lad sunk next to Bevingtons,
I expect it must be the main fault as runs up
by Jos. Twists — Barrow's Creditors have
brought him in Dr— Twenty thousand Pounds
    I am Sr. Yr. very H~ble Servt.
    H: Richardson
P.S. I have sent ye.
Sacks to Warrington
and order'd 20 new ones
of Mr. Hill

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1767

        Haydock Febry— 13th: 1767
Mr. Orford
Sir
    Your Letter I receiv'd this day at Noon, I
hope you have rec~d mine dated 11 Inst— This morng.
going down to the Collierys I found things more promising
then I mentioned in my Last. The pit behind old
Neds was last night set upon the hard, so as it will
stand with a little Boarding, Today the Metal is harder
and floors better, I expect we are about 8 or 9 Y~ds from
the Coal and shall be down at them soon. — We are
Casting ^clay^ there in order to make Brick — The pit in the
Killbuck Lane where Jos Twist burns Charcoal is
done — I don't understand this way of going on, surely
the pit is runing together, there has but very few
Coals come out of it. Old ned says the smotherg. Damp
is in it. Yesterday he set them out another pit to Sink
near to it — Last night Davie & Greeno set there pit
upon the hard, which I do imagine will stand good. This
morning I was down there & the Flagg floors as Level
as you cd. wish — That pit which Davie & Greeno Sunk
& that as Naylor's Lads sunk, are as bad as ever, being
intermix'd with fault Veins, and rear as much as at
first towards the Deep, I'm greatly afraid Glave's pit
as is in Sinkg will not Answr. tho they have the Burr
agreeable with the rest.    — I am Sir Yr. very Hble Servt.
    Harry Richardson

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1767

To
Peter Legh Esqr. M.P.
at
Lyme near Disley
P~ Manchester)        Cheshire
      new page
        Haydock Sepr. 1: 1767
Mr. Orford
Sir
    Last night abt. 4 oClock we had
the greatest Hailstorm that ever was known
in this part of the world. We had 2 Claps of
Thunder before it, & heard it in the Air 15 Minutes
before it came to us, which must be at a Long
distance from us then. [N.B. full stops are very similar to commas in this letter] The Hailstones where
so large that they measur'd Inch long 1/4 &
a Quarter broad & Inch round. There is
a deal of Damage done in Corn especially in
Barley which was ripe, That you cannot in
some heads see above two or three Grains.
The storm came S. W. which is from Farnsworth
Pole as we call it, At Winwick they had none
& at Newton this end of the Town had little
or nothing of it. — I cannot say how far it
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might reach towards Wigan, but imagine some_where
there_abouts — I have put some of the Colliers
to be underbrowmen, & the Labourers I have turnd
them off for some time as we fix'd upon. As to_day
turns out so very wet we are not able to ^do^ anything
at the Sinking near Finger post. We shd. a Set the pit
upon hard to_day & get up the Eye CoaL tomorrow had
the Weather been good.
    I am Sr. Yr. Hble Servt.
    Harry Richardson
P.S. I shd. take it a particular favour you wd. Pay
Jno. Gaskell for two pair of Buckles which he Bought
for me & when you come to Haydock will pay you
again. I never had it in my Head when ^he^ whent
from Haydock. — I met along with Mr. Gwillym
to_day at Bewsey & paid him 150
    HR

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1767

        Haydock Sepr. 17: 1767
Mr. Orford
Sir
    Yesterday morning we got the rods
& Punch out of the hole as we had lost at the
Guide post. I imagin'd by the rods being so
fast that some P{*} of Iron stone had fall'd out of
the side, but it prov'd to the Contrary, It being
the punch unscrew'd from the rods & puting the
rods below it, cd. not raise them being jam'd by the
shoulders of the Punch & rods. We had 2 Screwjacks
fix'd to the rods & the rope from the {*}arn and
cd. not stir them upwards at all, but by us
working downwards & upwards we work'd the
Punch so small that we had room to draw the
rods by the the Punch & so got them all —
We are about 17 Yds below the first Coal & the
is partly the same ^metal^ as what we have had & I have
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sent for Sharret to come over in the morning to see what
he thinks of it, as we have not had the Coal {*...}
Last Wednesday morning we had 2 Men burn'd in Davies
pit, the pit I mentioned to you when you was over last of
it being set to fire. — The damp & fire together is so strong
that no man living can bear in it. We attempted to drive it by
the steel Mill, but no person cd. stay in it (the Damp being so
Striking) & we have as good Air in it as possable can be.—
As the CoaL bleeds so very fast in every vein & likely to be
at some distance from the Grand fault, I have set out another
pit above the Level of this, for to have it Air'd from it—
The new pit upon the crop we have found a fault in it this morng.
abt. 9 Y~ds upbrow from the Eye, which has thrown the Higher
delf out, or at least into the Marl; so that our run towards
New Hall cannot be much farther. We have very bad
Harvest Weather here at present —
[written at right angles to the rest of the text, in the left margin, is the closing salutation]
    I am Sr. Yr. H~ble Sevt.
    H: Richardson

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1770


To
Peter Legh Esqr. MP—
at
Lyme near Disley
By Manchester/        Cheshire
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Mr. Orford
Sir
I'ts not Convenient for Ri. Melling
going over to Norbury now, Therefore he has fixed for
to go with you back in your return out of the North.—
I have consider'd about The Collection at LiverpooLe
and have fix'd for Friday the 15 Instant, was it to be
fix'd for Saturday the 16th wd. not suit so well (And for
this reason,) on Sunday theyl do no business, and they
will drive it to the last day, So if you will be pleased
to mention the time, I will wait of your Service —
The Hayseeds will be ready at your Service
    I am Sir
    Your very H~ble Servt.
    Harry Richardson
Haydock
Mar, 10: 1770

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1771

To
Peter Legh Esqr. — MP.
at
Lyme near Disley
By Manchester/         Cheshire
      new page
Mr. Orford
Sir
    By a Letter I receiv'd from Mr,
Seau{*}au informs me that the Bottles and Inkstands
are all ready and Pack'd to your order, He desires to
know where you wd. have them sent and by what Hand.
    If your cart brings down the Malt, in return he might
take them and Load out with Wheat from Haydock,
But pray are all the Bottles to go to Lyme, the Wine Bottles
I mean — — —
    I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt,
    Harry Richardson
Haydock
Janry. 22: 1771

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1771


To
Peter Legh Esqr. — MP.
at
Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
P~ Manchester /
      new page
Mr. Orford
Sir
    I receiv'd your Letters [the capital L of Letters appears to have a y underneath it] by S. Allanson
and have this day seen Mr. A; Legh, who says he will write
to Mr. Stafford and send him a receipt with the Letter back,
and at the same time order Mr. Stafford to pay it to you. —
    I have also seen Geo. Kearsley who agrees as he mention'^d^
to you to give a Bond of 100 for the security of the younger
Children, and as he puts three of his youngest ^sons^ Lives into
the Lease the youngest of which is ten year old, Mr. Kenyon
tells him it's good security. — I cannot see but that he's
agreeable to anything almost in reason, (only retaining the
100 for ^it^ wd. be very inconvenient to him he says mon~y is
so much wanted, If you be not satisfied abt. the affair
he says when you come over he will go with you to Mr.
Kenyon to have his opinion, (that what he has propose'd)
if it be not sufficient Indemnity, — I shall go over to
LiverpooLe beginning o'th next week and will enquire
about a Ship for MaryLand, I have not yet seen Billinge abt. the
Mills Stones as soon as [a tear in page here] I do you shall hear — — We have had
great Sale from Florida &c this Frost —
    I am Sir
    your very H~ble Servt.
    Harry Richardson
Haydock
Janry, 24: 1771

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1771

To
Peter Legh Esqr, — MP,
at
Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
P~ Manchester/
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Mr. Orford
Sir
    I receiv'd your Letter of the 28 of Janry,
in which you mention the Bottles and Wheat which I
hope is arriv'd safe, The Malt came safe to Haydock . —
I have this day seen Geo. Kearsley who tells me the No,
of his Children are Six, Jno. Aged 18 years, Roger 15 And
Geo. the youngest aged 9 years, he has three Girls two of
which are older then any of his sons, the other is the youngest
but George, — I have been at LiverpooLe but there is
no ship Sailing out for Maryland, Mr. Drinkwater
who gives his Compliments to you will let you know when
any is fitting out, He likewise desires the Goods to be
sent to LiverpooLe as soon as possable that they may be
ready against a Ship Sailing, Warehouse room he will
not over charge. — since I wrote the above I have seen
Wm. Birchall who says the order for Nails he cannot justly
say when they will be compleated, till he has seen Humpy,
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Atherton and Jno. Leech, but he will push them forward
with all speed, Wm. Birchall says he wrote to you
about Rawlinson's, The Mill stones are ready
at this time by the Account I have from Thomas
Billinge, We are going on very well in the Colliery
affair but have a %many of coal before_hand by the
late Frost . — —
    I am Sir,
    Your H~ble Servt,
    Harry Richardson
Haydock
Febry,3rd: 1771,

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1771

To
Mr. Orford
[there are some calculations on this page also]
      new page
Mr. Orford
Sir
    The within closed came here
this morning, — The following is account of the Goods
Ship'd on board at London for LiverpooLe, Twenty strong
sacks of Beans & Vetches 2 C. of Red Clover, Four Casks
of white Lead and two of Oil, All which we have at Haydk,
excepting one Cask of White Lead and that Tomy Naylor
shd. bring on Thursday next as he's going to LiverpooLe then.
The Cask has Leak'd near one half of it, I shd. think it wd.
be the best for Lyme Team to fetch it some time next
week, and then your Hayseeds, Puff Polian for the Coal
pitts &c may go, as all of them will be a Load, and we
are so very backwards in Plowing our Team cannot be
Spar'd, I have seen Wm. Birchall who says the Grindstones
are down at the Navigation side, and Sephton will get a
Flatt to carry them to LiverpooLe in time, He has also
seen Leech who tells him he has nails at LiverpooL
ready of different sorts but not the whole Complimt,
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Jno Bullor he says does not deal ^in^ the same kind of Irish Linnen
you wrote abt. he says there is not any to be met with nearer
then LiverpooLe upon resonable terms — Wm. Birchall he's
going to LiverpooLe tomorrow so he'l by the Linnen and get
the Burrs down to Mr. Drinkwaters office I have given ^him^ Cash
to pay for the Burrs
    I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt.
    H Richardson
Haydock
Aprl, 1: 1771

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1771

M~r. Orford
Sir
    The Answer I wrote to him was that we had Plenty
of stones Bought but the road in Bad order to Cart them, and
that we have been Paving in the Lane that leads to our Coal pitts,
and thought it proper to repair it before we began of The Turnpike
road as it was going to ruin very fast, as to Hilton I told
him it was agreeable ^to him^ in what manner it was Pav'd, that he thought
Ashlers wd. keep the small stones in something better then the others.
As to the Brick I mentiond to him we had Plenty at both works
but the Clay was not of so good a Quality at the Collierys by
reason of having more Lime Stone in them, then in Ri. Bevingtons
field, but that they might Answr. by putting them overhead
in water the day before seting, if there was the least Grain of Lime
in them they are sure to burst. — I wonder what some Persons
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[written up the side of the page]
wd. be at, when a Person acts in the best manner and
cannot give satisfaction — I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt.
    H: Richardson
Haydock
May 5: 71
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[written on the sheets holding this letter are copies of two letters to Harry Richardson, dated 27 and 28 April. The hand appears to be Richardson's]
Harry
    By the last Post you receiv'd a Letter from me and
I do desire in regard to the Paving you will not fail pay a
strick attentions to my orders on that head and hence_forwd,
I shall have no opinion of Hilton the Pavier, first approving
my method and since has approved of Orfords just the
reverse, But methinks there is a strange neglect somewhere
for Orford writes me word no Paving can go on till the Middle
of May for want of stones to begin and one reason Orford
gives for Continueing our Haydock Pavment to the Lane
that leads tour Coalpitts in the manner Ashton is done,
(is this) we having cutt the Hedges and Bankes tour
fields two low which is the best reason can be given why
My Meathod shd. be pursued, for if a Horse and foot Pavmt.
is constructed on the Principals I sent you theyl like
that road too well to trouble our Meadows — The
Brick to build up the little Vestry at Newton Chapel
I find is not yet maid, but to be cast and made in
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Ri. Bavingtons field, how in the name of Goodness is it possable that
two such Coalworks as we have carrying on can be so wanting in our
Inspection to want Brick at either work. Id confess this has alarmed
me much for what wd. you do at either work if an Emergency no Brick
on the spott, If this proves a fact let it be the last time of so grand
a Neglect, We are all well — —
Apr 27th: 1771         Copy

        Bath 28 Apr. 1771
Harry
    I find by A Letter I receiv'd this morning so many difficulties
are started by Orford first in regard to the Gallery I purpose to
build in Newton Chapel, that I do desire you will observe the
following directions and let me hear no more about it. in the
first place tell Shaw Allanson only to get all things ready in his way
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but in no wise set about the erection of Vestry or Gallery till I come down
to view it, Orford states a great difficulty which he has made and I
never Intended, he says the Gallery he says the Gallery will be Built over
Mr. Blackburnes, Mr. Bankes, and Mr. Lee, which is great news to me
who never had such a Thought. My Intention is to let the Gallery Project
no further into the Body then to the Extreamity of my own two seats
Shew this my Letter to Shaw and let him write to me by the first Post and
when you have settled with Shaw for what distanced he propos'd ye,
Gallery go regularly to work, Apply to Mr. Store a Proctor in Chester
for a Faculty to Erect a Gallery in Newton Chapel, but be Particular
in your discription to Mr. Store as to the Length from side to side as well
as Breadth, But go about this without mentioning a Sylable to
anyone but those it may Concern — I want to hear Hilton's Answ~.
why he first approved My Method of Paving (as you wrote me word he did
and how he came to alter his opinion when orford came over —
P:S: observe to tell Shaw I intend the Gallery to be a double setting
Bath 28 Ap. 1771            Copy

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1771

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
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M~r. Orford
Sir
    This morning I saw John
Pimblet and have inform'd him how his sons go on
with Brickmaking, he promises faithfully that he
will be with you the end of this week, I have seen
him abt. Brickmaking in the Crow Lane and he has
fix'd for a Stool to go thereto in the Morning to begin.
I have not receiv'd Orfords Plan and Estimate as
soon as I get it will send it you.
    I am Sir
    your H~ble Servt.
    H: Richardson
Haydock
May 27.71

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1771

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme

[on this side are also found the words: Mr. Pickering wants his Baggs]
      new page
Mr. Orford
    By a Letter I receiv'd this morning
from Mr. Drinkwater informs me that the Porter is
arriv'd at LiverpooLe and that it wd. be Landed as
yesterday, On Monday next I will send our Team
for it and the Wine, So you may send for it when you
please the sooner and the better before the Weather is to hot
I have sent you Orfords Plan and Estimate. —
    The New wheels for Mr. Peers you'l please to send by the
Waggon when it comes to Haydock —
    I am Sir
    Your very H~ble Servt.
    H: Richardson
Haydock
May 31:71

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1771

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
        Haydock July 12th: 1771
Mr. Orford
Sir
    Your Letter I have this Morning —
The whole of the Ashton Money I paid to Mr. Hull
which was 645—12-1 the Land_owners and Inhabitants on the 27 of June last
amounted to 556—2S—1d, what Doctr. Smith has paid
since I cannot say the sum particular, This day
I have seen Robert Billinge who informs me the Wire
work is gone from Warrington by Taylor the Stockport
Carrier near a week since; I saw Thomas Widdows of
Kenyon who desires you will send him the Skins you
bought as he's in want for them, All is going on as usual
we have stop'd our Mowers for a few days this Showery
Weather — —
    I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt.
    H: Richardson

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1771

To
M~r, Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
        Haydock July 18th: 1771
Mr. Orford
Sir
    I have your Letter by F: Richardson
have by him sent the 2 scotts. I shall see Thomas
Billinge tomorrow will get him over to Level the Newton
Mill water as you Mention, I dare say it will ^be^ the
beginning of the next week before he can come over
as he is mostly busy the latter end of the week.
    We are very busy in our Hay at this time but very
short and sweet is our Meadowing, we shall not have
the quantity we had last year by a deal, As the Weather
turns out we are getting it down at Lambs also, for it
mends none with us, at both places we have Nine Mowrs.
Our Paving goes on very well we are get behind the
Penny Lane leading to the Coal pitts, This day at Noon
I receiv'd yours by Billinge and have sent one of the
Barrels of Lead to go by Kemp — I am yrs. Sir &c
    H: Richardson

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1771

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
Mr. Orford
Sir
    The Boy you sent I hope arriv'd safe
with the Cash & Bills, at your return from Haydock
you fixed to send some Person from Lyme on the 18th
but not sending did not know you was in so much
distress, After you left Haydock I wrote the Contract
agreemt. of Newton Mill agreeable to yours but
Houghton wd. not sign it till he saw you, his objection
was to have some other clause put into it but what
he wd. not mention to me — he is not to be depended
upon I think for the Mill — Edwd. Pierpoint desires
you will see my Master upon the account of Tithe whether
i'ts agreeable for him to hay or not, he has not Hous'd
any part of it tho the Letter mentions so, but Edwd. wd.
not pay anything till he heard further from you for fear
of the Parks to become Tythable by him paying. —
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he desires you will return him an Answr. by
the return of Post — —
    I am Sir,
    Your very H~ble Servt.
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Sepr. 21: 1771

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1771

To
Mr. Orford
at
Lyme
[some calculations also on this page]
      new page
Mr. Orford
    By the Bearer have sent you the
two Books you wrote for. I have made what enquiry
I can in regard to Jno. Robinson Coursing upon Mr.
Blackburnes land, The Contents of which is John Worsley
desir'd John Robinson he wd. go over to his house and bring
a Brace of Dogs to kill him a Hare for his friend, and
thought Croft was the most proper place to Course upon
as he wd. not come upon Mr. Legh; upon this they proceedd.
after beating some time up started a Hare, which the
Dogs kill'd, unknown to themselves it prov'd to be
in Risley and in the Second field of them beating therein,
after that they adjourn'd out finding themselves to be
in a wrong Lordship, this is the whole fact as I can learn.
Rives had not finish'd your Book when I was there but
he promis'd to send it, Our Coalworks are going on in
the usual manner very well, we have not so much
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water by a deal at Florida, — What must the young Colt
be done with as 'its time it shd. be wean'd, if it must be wean'd
here the mare shd. go to Lyme.
    I am Sir,
    Your H~ble Servt.
    H Richardson
Haydock —
Sepr. 24: 1771

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1771

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
Mr. Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer have sent 3 Bills
value 44 which is the whole Paper & Cash I have
within a few shillings, Yesterday was the reckoning
and a deal I paid as it was the last in the year —
    The Wheat we are getting forwards — — James
Wright will look after the Bill —
    I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Sepr. 29: 1771
[on the back of this letter is a list / scribble, difficult to read as script is small. It seems to be, in part, a list of names]
Gr:Doc
ColerChestnuthr
WassNewhouse
Mr. Leghs  Willars
BakerMasr. Gall
PhlGreg Call
and Cook. Miller

author RICHARDSON HARRY
?1771

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
[on this page are some notes]
{***} Oliver 23 Sepr. 1771
[here a short calulation, in a different ink]
Letters Mr. Master
& Weston
Stagg — today
Buck — tomorrow
Hanch & side to Houghton
Thomas son of Jams. Torkington
{***} agd. 14 Y~rs
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Mr. Orford
Sir
    I have your Letter this morning at which
time Pimblet was just going for ['going for' is a correction, written over other letters] Lyme, he can
inform you of the Brick made at Golborne Smithys
We have stop'd Paving as it was when you was at
Haydock, The poor Cawsey is up within 2 days work
and then we shall go to the Coal pit road which is in
bad Condition —
    I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt.
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Thursday 11 oClock

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
[also on this page is a calculation and the word Ink]
      new page
Mr. Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer have sent you the
Pocket Book you mention, found it over the Fire_place
in your little Room, have sent 4 Rental Books
there was only 2 Marble ones, The shoes you have also
by him. — John Hall rec~d from Mr. Dannett 49.18S.9d
he wrote by Jno. he had sent 50 but was mistook in some
of the small pieces for the whole was no more then above,
The 2 Guineas he did not pay sd. your demand was only
50 as you had told him, but wants to know what the rest
is for and how.— The above Cash is very near Disburst
I have been almost pull'd to pieces what with Carters, Delf
men for state and Flagg, Sadlers Bill near 40 his Rider
came yesterday, Tomorrow is the reckoning day what
I must do for cash cannot tell. — I am get quite well
Dr. shd. take the piece of my Lip today—
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    I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt.
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Janry, 10/ 1772

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

To
Peter Legh Esqr: — — MP,—
at
Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
P~ Manchester /
      new page
        Haydock Feb, 1st: 1772,
Mr. Orford
Sir
    I receiv'd your Letter, This Morning I
receiv'd one this morning from my Master in which he does
not mention a %word abt. the Election for the County, nor do
I hear of any Person offering but Sir Thos. Egerton, whose Servt,
^yesterday^ was all hereabouts handing Letters to Gentlemen (viz to
Mr. Bankes Mr. A: Legh to Wigan &c, — The Printed Advertismts
I will get done on Wednesday. — It's now time to Lay the
Lead Pipes down before the Tenants are to busy in their Land
and as the Wood Pipes are so very bad and but little water
comes to the House shd. imagine it a proper time if Saml. Ellames
be at Liberty. — We are getting a Large stock of Coal beforehand
at Florida tho we had 13 Flatts Up when the Frost began. —
At Haydock stocks we have abt. 110 Tons beforehand and
sharp sale for them this Weather. —
    I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt.
    H: Richardson

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
        Haydock Feb, 27: 72
Mr, Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer have sent in the Cart thought
it much better and cheaper then on Horse, as the Piggs are so
neatly kill'd by Jno. Orford and Jno. Robinson, who doth desire
you will get some of your Butchers, to inspect into the Nature
of killing and dressing Piggs, (in such a manner as they
ought to be,) — You have also a Box containing Coat
Wainscot. Pair of Breeches, a Bundel of shirts, Pair of shoes
A Parcel from Mrs, Birchall and a Pocket Bottle, with the cart
you have a Barrel of Biscuit sent to Haydock from Thos.
Abbott who also sent the Pocket Bottle. — Jno. Robinson
has also sent a Net down which shd. have gone by the
Waggons — — Inclos'd you have Speakman's Letter
which you he desires you will hand to my Master when in
Town — The beginning of Mar, shall be writing out Bills
the Middle collecting, so cannot come over in any of those
times, Mr. Peers was saying he wd. be with you for a few days
if the old Lady left you, By this cart shd. imagine you may
learn if they have anything to come down — —
    I am Sir yrs. &c
    H: Richardson
 

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

To
Mr Richd, Orford
      new page
Mr. Orford
Sir
    Enclosed have sent you Bills
value 309..1S..0d being the whole I receiv'd, I had
sent you more but have paid several large Bills
off, The Pork is of your Brothers sending as a
a present to my Master. —
    I am Sir,
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Mar, 19:72

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

To
M~r. Ri, Orford
      new page
M~r. Orford
Sir
    This morning I had your Letter —
Enclos'd one for your Brother which I sent him on the Receipt.
By the last Post sent you under Cover ^to Master^ directed to you
Bills to the value of 309—1— which hope you have
receiv' safe, I have paid Bills to a considerable value
for Balk and Iron, The Rector was upon me last Friday
for cash, that I have not above above 50S Left in the world
desire you will send the Cabbage seed down and shd. be glad
to hear you have rec~d the above safe, I have nothing more
to mention but all is going on as usual and wett, Please
to mention to Mr. Barrow that there is no Sparlings to be
met with at Warrington at present.
    I am Sir—
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Mar, 22: 72

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
Mr. Orford
Sir
    Your Letter I have this morning,
Enclos'd one for W, Birchall which have sent him & I will
do my endeavour to get some cash in a day or two if
possable I can raise any, Mr. Peers was here on Friday
last I dare say we can have 2 or 4 of his Scotts pray
when wd you have them up, The enclos'd Letter my Mas~r.
sent to Haydock, order'd me to send a Special Messeng~.
with it to you wherever you was, He's playing the
duce abt. Scotts and Horses at Haydock
    I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt.
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Apr, 12:72

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
Mr. Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer Harrison
have sent you 100 our Team shall meet yours
on Saturday next with Wheat, William Birchall
had your Letter in time —
    I am Sir
    your H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Apr, 16:72

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
Mr, Orford
Sir
    This day being Thursday
at One oClock Callwood arriv'd here, by your
Letter he shd, a been at Warrington yesterday
at which time I cd. a seen James Leigh but as
he went to Manchester last night i'ts out of
my Power to see him today, I will go off to
Leigh this Moment and call upon Tho~. Leigh
in my road — I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt.
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Apr, 16: 1772

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772


To
Peter Legh Esqr. — MP—
at
Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
P~ Manchester /
      new page
M~r. Orford
Sir
    This morning I receiv'd from
Mr. James Leigh Cash for the return'd Bill (viz)
61—3—1 the whole as I cd, get and very glad to see
it. — I will send you a Bill as soon as possable but
have paid the duce and all today. — I this morning
receiv'd my Seal and thank you for the carriage of it
down, likewise my Master for his present.
    I am Sir,
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Apr, 18: 1772

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

Mr, Orford
Sir
    This morning I had your
Letter, Speakman was here last Friday in the
afternoon I was out marking Timber so did not
see him, he left word by Jackson that there wd,
be another meeting in a little time and early
notice given, at which time you shall know,
I do suppose there will be no quarrel as the price
is not alter'd now,
    I am Sir,
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
Haydock
May 24: 72
P.S. Thos. Pimblett's son of Ashton Mill over %run his Father when John's
sons went to Lyme a Bricking and took his Watch, he desires
you will get it from him and keep it

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

To
Peter Legh Esqr. — MP—
at
Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
P~ Manchester /
      new page
        Haydock May 27th: 72
Mr. Orford
Sir
    This day I have your Letter. —
The Bill which came return'd from London payable
to John Mason I receiv'd and was at his House
in LiverpooLe the last time I was over, but had
not the pleasure of seeing him he being gone to
Newery in Ireland. — I enquired after Rylances
Circumstances but did not like them, so I left the
Bill with Danl. Hadkinson for to receive it. If not
to put it into Mr. Brownell's hands, Mason they
say is safe enough — I hear nothing more
abt Coaling — —
    I am yr. very H~ble Servt.
    H: Richardson

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
        Haydock June 8th: 1772
M~r. Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer have sent 10 Sheep
3 Scotts and the Cow you mention, The Scotts and Sheep are
extreamly good and forward. — Enclos'd in yours found
Job Watson's receipt which I will remit you in cash after
receiving it from them by the first hand, you mention me
sending cash P~ Bearer last Saturday was the reckoning
day which which day I paid not less then 125 and no coal
going from H: Stocks but Pile more then we get, if I have
shillings more then teeth I have ten Thousand Pounds, Monday
next have fixed to collect at LiverpooLe, but little to receive
and a deal to pay for Paving stones, Abbott & North we owe
near 150 to for Timber, and we are in want so much for
more that we cannot proceed any longer, Leech has been
at me for near 140 due to him from Mr. Master's Acct,
Isaac Twiner for Iron we stand Dr, 140 and he's
wanting it very ill, I do not know absolutely what
must be done for cash, for never no person was so Plauged ^as I am^
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The Turnpike road has gone on well till the Heavy rains Stop'd us [here another letter form was begun, but replaced with s] for a day
or two the water Meadows are all of a sea down to Warrington. —
My Master has order'd Parker to send him up upon Paper the colour he's
painting the Chapel, he says his directions were the same colour as Disley
Parker goes on very well he will have finish'd what he has to do in a week
except the Carpinters begin soon of the forms, The Glass is not arriv'd
We are not begun of Marling at present i'ts ^to^ Wet for the land where we have
it from to come upon with carts. — Last week we ship'd a many coal
at Florida and have the Brows clear, I do not doubt but ours will go at
the old price, if we but keep our Measure to make it some_what equal to
the price. — Tarbuck, Speakman, & Sharrets come up to the Counting Ho,
last Saturday in order to consider if there was any Probability of keeping
up the price of coal, Tarbuck said they shd, reduce them to 4S: 9d & 4:6 Money
same as was beforetime, the coal are bad was get in the time of last frost
and have been cull'd that no flattmen w.. [hole in page] have them —
    I am Sir yrs&c,
    H: Richardson
PS Poor Abbott of Frodsham is dead, you have
heard I suppose of Danl, Barrow being dead..

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

Mr. Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer have sent
you cash Two Hundred Guineas in Bills
One Hundred & Ninety one Pounds 17s the
remainder will give you when over —
    I am Sir
    Your very H~ble Servt [tear in page]
    H: Richardson
Haydock
June 18:72

[on the back of the letter, there is a note and a calculation]
Mr Downes sells 24
Hoops for 16d Lords {*}ast

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
Mr, Orford
Sir
    By Jno, Knowles & Kitt have sent
the two, Two year old Colts, My Master he wrote only for the
Colt that was bad, but Mr, Peers has order'd them both
up. — We shall finish our Marling I expect this week
if the Weather proves good — Our Land is so Droughty
that we cannot put the Cabbage Plants out, nor sow the
Turnips. — We have the Clover in the Lady Hill down
ready to get in, Tomorrow we shall begin of the Meadows
and Rye Grass in good earnst, — They are going on pretty
well with the Chapel since Mr, Peers talk'd to them —
Wm. Lawson has finish'd the Clock he wants to know if
there must be a %face in the inside of the Chapel to the Clock.
Coal at our place goes off but slowly, a many of our old dealers
pass us, if we can but stick it a Little time we shall
have the advantage, Mr. Mackay's Quality is not lik'd
    I am Sir
    Yr. H~ble Servt,
    H; Richardson
Haydock
July 5/72

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

Mr. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
Mr, Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer Jno, Knowles
have sent to Lyme 10 Sheep and 2 Scotts the
black scott I bought of your relation Jno. Orford
i'ts in a coming way and the best I cd. hear off or
meet with in the Neighbourhd, The Deeds from
Mr. H{*}. Leigh you have by the Bearer, — Mr,
Kerfoot sent Ben. Lyon's Deeds to me last Tuesday
and desir'd me to get them to Ben. to have them
examin'd, Yesterday I was down at Ashton saw
him and Mr. Kerfoot who told me that the Deeds drawn
wd. not do, Therefore it wd. be Sunday before he cd,
have them ready, at which time I will send them
to Lyme. The money he will have ready towards the
later end of next week. — Parker will have finishd
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the Chapel next week, hard he has Labour'd since the Carpintrs.
have been out of his way. Sam will have the windows in
also, and Shaws son says the Cupola will be fix'd by then
    I am Sir,
    Your very H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
Haydock
July 10:72
P.S. The Letter MP, came yesterday
from Mackay — —

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

To
M~r, Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
Mr, Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer you have
the Deeds of Ben. Lyons did not receive them
on Sunday so as to send them up to Lyme, later
end of this week he says the money will be ready.
    You have likewise a Parcel which the
Bearer brought last night and a Letter from Preston
    We have finish'd our Marling and are busy in our
Hay — —
    I am Sir,
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H; Richardson
Haydock
July 14th:72
[the bottom of the page contains some pen-trials and scribbles]

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme,

[also written on this page, at 90 degrees to the address, is the name Thos Pimblett]
      new page
Mr, Orford
Sir
    By the bearer Jos. Burrows
have sent you the Leases you wrote for, I cd. not send
him sooner as I did but receive yours yesterday. —
I will pay your Brother 10 but do not know how to
get this day over with the Paviours &c. I receiv'd from
Benj. Lyon 300 and have paid Mr. Gwillym 250
and James Leigh 210. — The reason I did not
send you 40 was I expected a Bill from Frodsham
but have not receivd it yet but expect it every day. —
    I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Augst. 22: 1772

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
Mr, Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer Tom Houghton you
have these, Enclosd Ten Bills value 156—0s—5d the
whole as I receiv'd at LiverpooLe but abt. 63 in
Cash — I never saw Cash and Paper Money so scarce
before, nor never had I such a time to Collect what I
have, upon account of the dealers complaining of the price
of Coal, what they have lost by them, Money is realy not
to be had ^in^ L~erple as English money will only pass. —
I have made the dealers well contented about the price,
Measure, and dressing part, and all seem to be well satisfii'd.
They have most of them had from Ravenhead where they
have had a proper receipt of the Measure and Quality. —
If Master asks any Questions we have hous'd our Wheat
and Oats all yesterday, — I am your H~ble Servt,
    H; Richardson
Sepr. 16th, 72
P.S. you have 10 Ironscrew
Joints by him also—

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
[there are several calculations on this page, and a ?practice Mr.]
      new page
M~r, Orford
Sir
    Enclos'd you have the two rece~pts
you wrote for, and Ten ds of Wheat undress'd
have sent by our Cart and also a net. — The
Vice as Sam, Ellames says is at Haydock
never arriv'd, I have made enquiry in Warringn.
at several places but cannot hear the least of
them, therefore ~am almost sure they never set
out. — I will see Burns &c about Cash but
am afraid it will be scarce to be met with —
In the Leidger little is to be had, what to do for
Cash I know not. —
    I am Sir
    your very H~ble St.
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Sepr, 27:72

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

Mr. Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer young Noughton
you have 40 of your Brother's cash, which
is the whole he cd, meet with I'm sorry Sr,
I cannot at this time assist you, as never
poor person is more wanting then I am
at this time, how to get tomorrow over
don't know at the Reckoning, as I've not
above 5 in Purse, have been over at Lerpl.
this day & cash nor Bills are to be had
    I am Sr.
    Yr. very H~ble Servt
    H; Richardson
Haydock
Oct 2: 1772

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

To
M~r, Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
Mr. Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer John Knowles
have sent the two Colts up to be wean'd the time
as our Master order'd them, The quantity of sheep
we have left are 5, Therefore you know the best how
many fatt ones to send down, The sheep if ready may
come down, ^P~ Bearer^ if convenient to you as our Master wanted
to know in his last if you had sent any down —
The Accounts I will push as fast as possable,
and have given Eyres directions about the Books,
I will also see Mr. James Leigh about the Highway
account — I have seen Glover who is concern'd at
Glass Ho. Newton Court I've inform'd H: Stirrup
about — —     I am Sir,
    Your very H~ble St.
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Oct~. 10:72

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1772

        Haydock Oct~. 19th: 72
Mr, Orford
Sir
    The enclos'd came to Haydock this
Morning — We have this day Housed all our Beans
in good order considering what sort of Weather has
been upon them. — Our Master says you will
give me notice when your teams will be with us
that the Grain may be ready on their return. —
    Florida coal keeps decreasing and Haydock stocks
increasing, I am afraid Matters at Florida are not
going on well, we but get few at 3 Pitts and have
no less then 12 hands in sinking at a great expence,
doubtfull if we get down to the lower delf upon the
Crop. for water i'ts so very strong. — How Matters will
be continued cannot tell, never no person is more plag'ud
as then I am for Cash —     I am Sir,
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H; Richardson

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1773

To
M~r. Orford
Lyme
      new page
Mr, Orford
Sir [tear in page]
    I have just receiv'd a Letter from
Hewitts & Co, seedsmen, saying they have lately sent
ten large Sacks of Tares P~ the Henry, Capt. Bennet
for LiverpooL, to the care of Mr. Drinkwater whom
they say they have advis'd, and desir'd he wd. give me
notice of their arrival, I have not heard of any yet
arriv'd, but shd. imagine they are for Lyme as not hearing
of any being sown at Haydock, Therefore desire you'l
give me or Mr. Drinkwater orders in what Manner you
wd. have them convey'd, as they may be forthcoming when
they arrive; Up the Dukes canal will be much the
cheapest to Manchester, and from there shd. imagine
they'd go as back carriage by the carts — Last Thursday
we was seting out Jona~. Naylors house and went down to the
suff coming down^back^ by Wm. Claughton's fell down upon some
Ice and sprain'd my Ancle very ill, but its coming abt.
very fast, I cannot fix the time of coming over at present
as this day week is our Reckoning and we cash to provide
      new page
when i'ts convenient to your ^Bro~.^ we will come, he was saying he cd. not
till the Markets begun — The Books came safe
    I am Sir,
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Janry. 9: 1773

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1773

M~r. Ri. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
[In Richard Orford's hand, the following is at the head of the page]
Rece~d 1 Feby 73
R~[the letter is encircled, perhaps to represent an O]
[the rest of the page contains Richardson's writing]
M~r, Orford
Sir
    This day I have paid the Revd. Mr.
A Legh 50 but had hard work to raise it. he said he
wd, see you at the Fair and then settle with you. —
I suppose you have heard of Mrs, Keck & her young
infant being very Poorly, He has order'd me to send
the Turkeys back to Bank as came from there, and
Two Turkeys to Mr. Starkie & One to Capt. Bauvere.
And at the same time send him an Account of what
is remaining as Matters stands he's afraid they'l
not want any in London. — He is fully reconcil'd
to have an Engine, and thinks Coal is the Cheapest
food i'ts eaten — — I am Sir
    Your very H~ble St,
    H; Richardson
P.S. Thursday next we will
Meet you at Dunham with
the Piggs &c

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1773

M~r, Orford
      new page
M~r. Orford
    By the Bearer T; Knowles
you have 2 Scotts and 20 Sheep, your Bro~ &c have
made enquiry abt. Cows such as we mentioned to you,
but cannot at present hear of any but what's bought.
The news I'm going to inform you is very Disagreeable [tear in page]
last evening going to bed through the yard found a very
disagreeable smell of Smoak &c cd. not imagine from whence
it came, upon examining the Brew House &c found it to
be over the Landry and the Room on fire, I made an attempt
to enter the Room but cd. not the Air being so much rarefy'd
with Heat & Smoak, the Servant lads did the same but
Cd. not, I imediately sent them off to Ashton & Haydock
to alarm them of the fire, In a few Minutes we had great
number from both places, The Kitchen Bell being very
usefull alarm'd a %many, In short we had some very good
hands and made good use of them, — The Brew House
      new page
is all sav'd only the Slates off, and the wash House the same, as also the
rooms above, The Landry and the room above is down, we shd. have sa'vd
a great part of them had it not been for the Pigeon House Dung and the deal
it was built with. — [the rest of this letter has a different appearance, and was probably added later]The above we learn to be owing to a fire over
the Landry where Robinson lies, he having some business after some Persons
who were inform'd to him as Hare Hangers, order'd his waiting man Jack
to lay a Coal upon the fire, accordingly he did (Whether the Coal was large,
or the Ashes had not been taken out for some time so as to prevent the fender
near the fireplace, or some p~s shd. fly upon the floor or Bed) which of these
caus'd the fire I cannot say, but was certainly fired in the above room. —
Providence favourd us very greatly, The night Calm and light, the Wind
near S. W. which carried the flames from off the Ho. part and Office, had
it been in any other Quarter all the whole Fabric must a come down. —
The damage done is but little. & of a fire cd, never a been better [part of another word is crossed out] in any
part. of the House: I've inform'd the Gov~, near the same as above. —
      new page
Your Last letter to me I cannot construe, saying all payments
must be stop'd till you are paid, — If so we must stop all proceedgs.
here for I'm very clear the works cannot be continued on. —
Burn has paid me 15 it was on the first of Janry, last, he promis'd
me as faithfully ^as^ ever man spake he wd, bring me 15 yesterday
in the morning, I sent up to him for it, his Answ~, was he cou'd
not come down he must go to a Burying. — Pray when do you
come over or when must I order meat for the fair. —
    I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Febry. 6: 1773
 

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1773

To
Peter Legh Esqr. — MP,
at
Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
      new page
M~r. Orford
Sir
    The enclos'd came here this Morning.
I have paid Mr. Gwillym the 100, after that saw
Mr Robt. Patten but cd. not get neither Cash nor
Bills, he promis'd me to take up the note as soon
possable but cd. not fix the time when — I have
seen John Boardman and he says he cannot pay
his Leasemoney not these eight or ten days. —
Mr. Bellasses and Peter Wright wants their money
ill and also Lydia Mather. Id not know what to
do for cash for tomorrows reckoning — Pray send
me the Hat I spoke to you abt, — —
    I am Sir,
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Febry— 25:73

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1773

To
Peter Legh Esqr. — MP;
at
Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
P~ Manchester/
      new page
        Warrington May 9:73
Mr. Orford
Sir
    The Enclos'd Three Bills are
at as short a date as possable I cou~d meet with
in Warrington, I made application to Mr. Patten
&c for their dr~fts but cou~d not draw. —
    I am Sir,
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
90— —

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1773

M~r. Orford
Sir
    Yesterday H: Glover
came to Haydock and paid me 40
and 25 Mr. Newhouse's rent, he says
he will settle with you when you come
over. — The Parcel as Knowles brought
I will forward to Thos Widdows. —
    I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
Haydock
May 25:73
P.S Mr. Ash~ Legh desires you'l send Mr. Vaux
to destroy his Ratts.

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1773

To
M~r. Orford
Lyme
      new page
Mr. Orford
    The sheep arriv'd safe—
You have in return 17 fatt ones and 3 Scotts—
At the same time you have deeds from Mr: Penningt.
in the Ironing Cloth and 3 Decanters—
As to repairs at Newton going I cannot say havg,
no Business with it, I have only been in the House
once since they came, Heavy complaints was made
to Mr, Peers last sunday at his house, Dick &
Shaw was both there yesterday but she drove
the Ho. of both [a word crossed out here] of them. —
    I am Sir
    Your very H~ble Servt
    H: Richardson
Haydock
June 8: 1773

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1773

To
M~r, Orford
Lyme
      new page
Mr. Orford
Sir
    By the bearer John Potts
you have 140 which hope you'l receive safe. —
I have been much disappointed in the last Q~rs
produce at Liverpoole but hope times will mend.
I had sent Potts over in return reteurn yesterday
but the cash was wanting — — Jos~. Heamere
I will make application to but doubt it will be
of no great effect. — The Accounts I will get
forward as fast as possable. The Engine and
Suff we are pushing forwards, They have Shipd
some part of the Materials from the Dale.
The Rams head ^I^ have not seen, Melling &c say
they'l finish in abt. a %fortnight. I have no business
to go there to where she drives your Bro~. Yr. Hon~. —
and the Family of Newton &c to Damn.
      new page
We have had excellent fine Showers of rain at Haydock our Corn
and Meadows extreamly good, The Summer works are near done
once over — You have by Jno. Knowles and the lad the fatt
Cow and the cow we Milk'd last summer, thought it prudent
as two cod. drive better than one the lean one in good condition
but not fitt for killing — Crop I hope you'l return by
Knowles — Mr. Peers wrote to our Master and insisted of
him but he wd not have him upon any Terms. —
Truly Glad I am to hear Mrs, Orford has met with a Son Dick
    I am Sr. Your H~ble Servt
    H: Richardson
Newton June
20: 1773

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1773

To
M~r. Orford
      new page
        July 5: 1773
M~r. Orford
Sir
    I have your's by Wm, Wilkins. —
The cash Account you have by the Bearer. —
I will push the Accounts on as fast as possable
time will permit. — Our Scotts look extreamly
well as ever I saw any, I cannot say how they may
die. — The Navigation is open and has been for
some time, we have very little demand for the Coal,
I am in belief Mr. Mackay and Mrs. Clayton has
lower'd their Coal again. — We have taken down
Cylinder &c and have get it up to the works. The
Materials are coming, hope we shall proceed if ever
the rams head will be finish'd. — The Chair
I will send tomorrow to the dukes cut, dare say
it will be at Manchester Wednesday Evening. —
    I am Sir Yrs. &c—
    H: Richardson

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1773

M~r, Orford
Lyme
      new page
        Haydock July 23rd:73
M~r. Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer Thomas
Knowles you have a Parcel from Mr, Pennington.
and also the Money Act. Monday last being Warrington
fair, we put the sale of Joseph Burn's off till
Tuesday, when the Goods and everything was
sold very well. Tho~. Knowles had been with
you sooner but was wanting of Shoes and other
repairs, We have finish'd mowing at Haydock
Kenyons, Tilleys, and Lambs, and very good the
Meadowing is in all the above places — Yesterday
we get a large quantity together into the Rick.
Your Brother has get together a Quantity of fine
Stuff. On Rect. of your Letter, the Letters were
deliver'd to whom directed—
    I am Sir
    Your very H~ble St.
    H: Richardson
P:S Tomorrow is our Reckg.
but must passade as Money
is so very difficult — — —

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1773

M~r. Orford
Lyme
      new page
Mr. Orford
Sir
    yours I rece~d, tomorrow
Melling comes to Ashton will give him
his Letter, Mr. Pennington's I will take
care goes safe. — We have not hous'd the
whole of our Wheat nor did your Bro~.—
Tomorrow I will send you a Load of
Wheat to the Dukes cut such as will
please you. your Bro~. is at Ormskirk
fair and I am but just return'd Scotts
run high —
    I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt.
    H; Richardson
Haydock
Sepr. 9:73

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1773

        Haydock Sepr. 17:73
M~r. Orford
Sir
    The 4 Mea~s. of Wheat
I hope you have rece~d safe and such
as will please you. — you have by the
Bearer 17 Sheep and 2 Scotts, Last
Saturday we finish'd our Corn house^g^
in fine order. — This day I am going
to LiverpooLe will if success remit
you some cash — Corn not cut before
last Saturday is the greatest part
Shaked out —
    I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H; Richardson

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1773

Mr, Orford
      new page
M~r. Orford
Sir
    Your Letter from Warrington I
only receiv'd yesterday in the Morning. — I am sorry
to inform you had I had the Letter in due time I cd,
by no means a supply'd your request. I got very little
when over at LiverpooLe, They promis'd as faithfully
as mankin'd c'd, do, they wd, be over as last Thursday
or Friday but have not seen the face of anyone. —
Cash in L~erple is now so very scarce they have not
wherewith to pay their Hands, but are oblig'd to
Ticket them, and as cutting is so much practis'd
I cannot think what we must do if new Money does
not come out. — Early yesterday morning James
Miller came hereto just before I was going to the Coal
pitts, to inform me about the new Act upon Narrow wheels
he has read it over and by what he says i'ts the most
unreasonable Act that ever was granted—
    Thursday next is the Commisn meetg. at which time
desire you'l attend. If the Commrs, cannot have power
in the Act so as to make the Toll agreeable it ^will^ Affect
Haydock stocks very much. I; Miller tooke it for 2yrs
but has not sign'd , his Q~. is up at Micha~l~— I think
its very happy for him, this new Act will kill all—
      new page
    I had a Letter from our Gov~. he says to have Wheat
ready against the Waggons come down, but
does not say when—
    I am Sir
    Your very H~ble St,
    H; Richardson
Haydock
Sepr. 26:73

author RICHARDSON HARRY
?1773

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme



M~r. Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer Knowles's
lad you have 30 Guineas, and also enclos'd
you have two Bills value 49—8— I had
sent it by the cart but cd. not get ready, never was
Cash scarcer in Liverpoole then now, yesterday
was our reckoning and did pay no yards, but
for sinking and Getting coal it took 134.7S
I do not know where cash must come from for we
are much behind with y~ds. I have receiv'd two
very troublesome Letters will shew you them
when at Haydock. I will take care to see
Wm, Francis, The rum I hope arriv'd safe. —
      new page
Hampson the Butcher was very wrong in sayg. what
he did to you abt. the fatt cow, I will sell them all
as soon as a right man comes. — We have
had two more sheep worried by Dogs, I do not know
what must be done with them. —
    Pray when ^do^ you come over to Haydock as Mr. Peers
will be over abt. 20th
    I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt,

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

M~r, Orford
Lyme
      new page
Mr. Orford
Sir
    By William Hill
the person who Met your Team at Dunham
sent you Eight ds. of Wheat and also a Letter
saying how colliery Matters stand, since
the post began ^again^ hope we shall in a few days
have our brows clear, I sent for Ri. Melling
to a come with the underlooker last monday
Morning to a consulted him in regard to powder ^Sinking^
&c, he was taken bad just when mounting
and promis'd he wd. be with us as soon as
possable he cd, stir out. — Your Knives
are not at present arriv'd, shall be over next
week to ^collect^ with them who stands Dr. in Arrear,
Desire you'l send my Books by the return
      new page
as I cannot settle with our men till they come to
hand. —
    I am Sir —
    Yr. very H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Janry. 20:1774

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
Mr. Orford
Sir
    I have looked into the Lease
of William Hills and find it dated Mar, 11th: 1773
Con~s, money 140, I have also examin'd for Dr.
and Mr. Patten's lease but cannot find any but
one call'd Worsleys dated Sepr. 13th: 1772 Con~s 103
The two Cows I sent up last week were the last
we had left, We have 21 Sheep which are pretty
kind Mutton, and have kept them well with
Cabage this frost. — Our Brows are clear
at Haydock stocks, I do not see but what
hands we have on will supply our Sale had we
a Couple of sinkers. — At Florida we have
the water out, and expect we shall have passage
up the Navigation soon, The reason of Thos,
Knowles not being with you is upon Acct,
      new page
of his Wife and youngest child being so poorly likely
to Bury both, your Knives are not at present arriv'd
Ri. Melling is but poorly doubt he has not been with
us yet. — There are 60 but ^one^ sheep that was i'th Mains
this Frost we have had Yrs. out,
    I am Sir,
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Janry— 27:74

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

Mr. Orford
Lyme
      new page
        Haydock Febry. 3rd 1774,
M~r. Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer you
have the Books return'd but little done in
them I've been so bad of the Ague and
am still, The Fair begins on the 17 Instt,
according to custom, We have had very
great sale and has been oblig'd to
add more hands into the pitts —
    The Scotts we must forward, Cows are
not to be met with us, At Florida our
stock encreaseth upon hand hope we
shall have passage up soon —
    I am Sir Yrs &c
    H; Richardson
P.S. some money
weighs yr. Bro~. desires
[some calculations on the reverse of the letter]

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

To
M~r. Orford
Lyme

        Mar 1st: 1774—
Mr, Orford
Sir
    By the bearer young Knowles
you have 12 paper Leases and 25 parchment
ones, At the same time you have One Hundred
of Pens, Two Hundred I have sent this day by
Mr. Peers's man to Mr. Porter according as you
left word by your Bro~. and One Hundred I have
here — 12 Paper Leases and 25 Parchment ones
and the two Copys I have put into the drawer {*...} [tear in page]
the Office. — Robinson has been rambleing up and
down the neighbourhood since his discharge, I sent
for him today, but wd. not say when wd, see Lyme
he has left Haydock his abode is Knowles's
When Ri. Melling was over he took Dr. Ackers's
Scales desire you'l get him a pair in the Box
you took with you — Our Cart shall meet yours
on Friday next in due time, with Fish, Bottles &c
      new page
wd. not it be proper to meet your cart again next Friday with
the Wine — Yesterday I sent Shaw Allanson over to
Bromley he said he had wrote to you desireing you wd,
look off him for a fortnight or Three weeks, I perceive it is
to come from the Compy, concern'd in the S{*}i{*}ing Mill at Carr
Forge as such I think i'ts very uncertain, — The scotch
sheep we have ramble abt. so much that Haydock & Ashton
will not hold them, you cannot believe what damage they
have done in our fences, we are oblig'd to House them every
night, pray what must we do with them. —
    I am Sir Y~rs &c
    H: Richardson

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

To
Peter Legh Esqr. — MP—
at
Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
P~ Manchester
      new page
M~r. Orford
Sir
    The enclos'd came here this day.
As to the Wheat you shall have as soon as
possable, but we have so many Beans in the Barn
it will take a few days before we can get clear of
them in Thrashing &c. — I have sent this morng,
off for Knutsford our Team and several others
in order to satisfy Mr. Egerton, they are Loaded with
good quality, such as I dare say will please. —
Mr. Legh gave me a Letter this morning to proceed
in Brickmaking on Edge Green—
      new page
I am Sir,
Yr, H~ble Servt,
    H. Richardson
Haydock
May 27: 1774

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

To
Peter Legh Esqr. — MP,
at
Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
      new page
        Haydock May 30:74
M~r. Orford
Sir
    This day we shall House
our Wheat and coud not before now upon
Account of the Beans that was in the
Barn, upon Saturday next we will meet
your Team with 10ds by 10oClock at
Dunham. — Enclos'd came yesterday
hereto yesterday, Wilkins is come to a
resolution I believe to remove as soon
as his Wife is fit to turn out. as William
Lawson tells me, and shall him tomorrow
and will inform you upon what conditions
he intends but upon the same I dare sare
as was offer'd him        I am Sir Yrs.
    H: Richardson

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

To
M~r. Orford
Lyme
      new page
        Haydock June 3rd: 1774
M~r. Orford
Sir
    Your Letter I receiv'd this
Morning. — By the Cart you have as under. —
A parcel for Miss Legh; Mr, Percivalls Counterpart,
. piece of strong Flannel, Twenty six Fleeces of
fine Wool, Ten Loads of Wheat, & a saddle &c from Newton ^Park^
Wilkins last week ^as^ Wm. Lawson inform'd me he wd, imediately
leave the House peaceably and quietly so soon as he was
able for shifting, and by what I hear he did not believe
a word of truth till he was serv'd with the Ejectment,
— Wm. Lawson informs me he is determin'd to see Augst,
Fair over, and if he can meet with any_thing agreeable
then, he will leave or else to continue till Mayday.
Our sale at the Coalpits are as good as may be expected
considering the season of the year for both Winstanley
and Kenal coal, The Navigation was drawn off last
      new page
Sunday, our Men at Florida we have put to Sinking the
general part, and if we are in want of Coal at the stocks,
shall draw a parcel thereto to supply the sale. — This day have
sent to High Lee [word crossed out here] 15 Teans with coal such as I dare
say will please the old Gentleman. We have recover'd sale
greatly by reducing the Toll upon narrow Wheels. —
    The 15th of this Instant shall visit them at L~erple.
    The Glass Manufactory is now proceeding with vigour, and all
things made agreeable to the Frenchmans taste. —
I will &c lend my best endeavours to procure such Cows as you mention. —
    I am Sir
    Your very H~ble Servt.
    H; Richardson

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

M~r. Orford
Lyme
      new page
        Haydock June 11th: 1774
M~r. Orford
Sir
    Your Letter I rece~d this
Morning and also ^two^ was enclos'd [word crossed out here] for your Brother,
which I sent him the Moment I rec~d them. —
I will see Mr. Kerfoot as soon as I return from
LiverpooLe, and will assist you as much as lies
in my power. — Wilkins is determin'd to stay,
the Gates Thurs~ Gorse has been viewing this day,
he says they are the same as when he locked them,
Our sale is very good at Stocks, Yesterday I sent
15 Carts again to high Lee, Crouchley will not
effect us so much as I expected now as we have
allow'd Toll upon Narrow wheels, —
    I am Sir
    Yr. H~ble Servt,
    H; Richardson
P,S, Post is waitg.
Navigation I'm
afraid will be off
for some time

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

M~r. Orford
Lyme
      new page
        Haydock June 22:74
M~r, Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer Knowles
lad 82,19Sd in cash, and a Bill enclosd 17.1S.0d
and also your Scales which hope you'l receive safe.
I have also sent you four Bullocks which are
good meat and Bought this day from Thos, Hatton
of Warrington, as low kind is not to be had and
there Beef is much better for your Table I shou'd
think, I never had such a Collection at Liverpl,
before, Cash nor Bills are not to be had, I have
a promise of Hinde Tyrer & Sweeting coming over
the beginning of next week to discharge the whole
Paving goes on well for the time and season of the
weather, I'm afraid the Meadows will run in
Tears, The Navigation will be open the beginning of
of next week as Mr. Berry informs me —
    I am Sir
    Yr. H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
P.S. Kerfoot I have
paid 100 —

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

M~r. Orford
Lyme
      new page
Mr, Orford
Sir
    I have sent our Cart to
Dunham with 8ds of Wheat and
2 ds of Beans, to meet yours at Dunham
which is the whole Wheat we have, —
We have great plenty of Hay down and
has Hous'd a deal this day in fine order.
The parcel you have likewise that
you left in the Office. —
    I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt
    H; Richardson
Haydock
July 21: 74

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
        Haydock Augst, 21: 74
M~r. Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer hereof
have sent the young dog which came from Mr,
Parker's, according to our Master's orders, you know
his name very well I dare say to be call'd Ceasor.
On casting up your Accts, I do assure you well the
cash you left with me last for Mr. Gwillym was
just right, and he examin'd it very strickley, how
the Error is I cannot say, On Wednesday will
send the Books off for Lime as I coud not
settle with all the Men yesterday for want of
Cash — — The enclos'd to me I sent
your Brother the Moment I rece~d it
    I am Sir
    Y~. H~ble Servt,
    Harry Richardson

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

To
Peter Legh Esqr. MP~,
at
Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
P~ Manchester/
      new page
M~r. Orford
    Sir
    The enclos'd same [the s could be a c badly written] from
William Birchall upon Mr. Masters Acct. —
I enclos'd yours to your order to Mr. Penswick at
Garswood, Who gave for Answer he wd. write to you by the
return of the post. — The Sale of goods at Newhall
I dare say the Account is near finish'd — I hope you
have receiv'd the Box and Books before this, —
The Letters from my Father I rece~d safe. —
Fayrer and Hinde has promis'd to come over this week
if I can assist you, it shall not be wantg. —
    I am Sir
    Y~. H~ble Servt,
    H. Richardson
Haydock
Augst. 30: 74

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

M~r. Orford
at Lyme
      new page
        Sepr, 11: 1774
M~r, Orford
Sir
    Last Friday I gave Wilkins one of the
Notices the other I have, your Bro~. was by at the
same time, (he read it, and gave for Answer well
and walk'd off). After this I met with Rt. Houghton
who was over with him at Haslingden about takg.
a House there, They cou~d not agree then, but Wilkins
had time to consider of it till tomorrow, This day at
Chapel I saw Rt. Houghton who said Wilkins
was to go with him to Boulton and either to be off or on
about the House, — And at after wd, say upon what
Conditions he wou~d quit the premises quietly in —
two Mo~s, time. — It might do well for both Wilkins ^and^
Sir Peter's man for to lay in Necessaries before the time,
in Liquor & what not, Was my Master to allow a
little and Baylery a little for after Grass wou~d not
be amiss I shd. think for inconveniency of removg,—
I saw her to_day & she's agreeable to remove if her Husbd,
takes the House but she will know upon what
Conditions, or by her God she will not quit the
premises this Three years, and as to Mr, Legh
or any of his Family she did not value of a farthg,
The{**}s a Family in the end of Betty Frith's but is
removable any time, If Wilkins is not agreeable
      new page
there is no doubt but we can find room for the
Family in the Geo. — I will take care to see
about Cheese, — Friday next I intend to see
L~erple. — Scots at Ormskirk sold very high
I did not buy any — The Books are not yet
arriv'd, You shall have Wilkins Answer as soon
as I receive it,
    I am Sir,
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H Richardson
P:S we have Hous'd
all our Oats & some part
of the Wheat but have
bad Weather —

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

To
Peter Legh Esqr. MP~
at
Lyme near disley
Cheshire
      new page
        Haydock Sep~ 16th: 1774
M~r. Orford
Sir
    Last night Mrs, Wilkins
sent for me to come up to her House in the Morning
which accordingly I did by six oClock, she said they
had taken the House at Hasleinden, and wd. write to
you upon what terms they wd. remove imediately, —
I ask'd them their proposals, They gave for Answer they
wd, remove in two Month's time, wd. our Master allow
them this years rent, but upon no other Condition,
for he wo'ud stay till the 22nd May the day he enter'd upon
At after this I saw Rt. Houghton who inform'd me upon
what Conditions Wilkins had taken this place, as he
was the only person that help'd to make the bargain.
He is to give 60 P~ year and to pay Interest for draing,
afd~, and that he might enter upon the premises
when_ever he thought proper, Rt, mentioned to me
he expected half a years rent but might be get off for
less if we wd. keep off him, and that he was to go over
a Brewing in a Months time, She does not
      new page
chuse to remove upon reasonable Terms the old Geo. may be
repair'd in a very little time as it wants it very ill. —
She says says she will sell every stick stone &c pos~able
She can to revenge herself upon Mr. Legh. —
Mr, Bailey from Arley was here this Morning I advis'd
him not to go near them, —
    I am Sir
    Yr. very H~ble Servt,
    Harry Richardson

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
        Haydock Sepr. 20th:1774
M~r Orford
Sir
    Your Letter I receiv'd this
morning, The Letter to your Bro~. and that for Jno. Leech
I deliver'd to them this morning. By the Bearer you
have your Mare which I order'd him to leave at your
House. — The Leidger &c will push on, and in regard
to the Paving we shall join in about a %fortnight if the
weather be in any reason. — Last Monday but one we
had the Highest flood ever known in these parts, At
Newton Bridge the water run over the new Cawsey and
one part of the Bridge, At Newton Mill the Fenders
cou~d not take it but burst over betwixt the Mill and
Newton Hall, took down the Cart Ho. &c, had it burst
a few yards nearer the Mill mankind cou~d not have sav'd
it, — Yesterday we Housed the greatest part of our
Wheat and to_day this afternoon we have finish'd it
in good order, Barley I expect will be in order tomorrow
(if the weather holds good. — Last Friday and
Saturday I was over at LiverpooLe amongst the Coal
dealers and never met with so bad success. — — —
Enclos'd you have the greatest part I receiv'd, but have
      new page
fair promisses they will come over in a %fortnights time. — I do assure
you we must take some ^other^ meathod for to sell our Coal or stop. —
In the first place Sir Thos, Gerrard has reduced his coal to 3/6
P~ Ton Money, and 3S/8d Credit. — The Leeds Canal now sells at
9S P~ Ton laid down in any part of the town. — The inhabitants
of LiverpooLe find that by mixing the Sankey Coal & the Leeds
Coal togather makes good firing — Mr, Geldard of LiverpooLe
effects us very much by his Land sale, and as we are now makg.
our Measure rather better, and the coal greatly larger out of the
pitts, I do believe wd. Answ~, by reducing them to 4/6 ready money
& 4/9 Credit, — Yr, Answer P~ return of the post as they
want ^to^ know how to proceed, for flatts have been under their Loadg,
this 6 W~ks or 2 Mo's, —
    I am Sir
    Yr, very H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
[a short calculation follows at the bottom of the page]
[perpendicular to the main text is the postscript]
P.S, Shaw thinks they shd. be reduced
to 4/3 Money and 4/6 Credit. —

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

To,
M~r, Orford
at
Lyme.
      new page
M~r. Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer have sent
three Colts up to Lyme which hope you'l receive safe,
This morning I receiv'd your Letter and in the Morning
Shaw Allanson will wait upon Mr. Roes Son at
LiverpooLe with your directions, After I have had
his answer will inform you of the same. —
We have had plenty of sale since the coal was lower'd
and doubt not but it will continue, Mr. Case is hiring
what Colliers he can, several of ours he has hired since
I saw you —
    I am Sir
    Your very H~ble Servt
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Octr. 2: 74

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1774

To
M~r. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
M~r. Orford
Sir
    Yesterday I saw Mr. Penswick
who shewed me the Letter he had receiv'd from
the Proprietors, which was just to the intent
& meaning of yours, — Mr. Penswick is
very agreeable in the whole to do any_thing that
is reasonable for our Master, He in the first
says we do not sell a Coal to LiverpooLe,
in the second place says you sell the whole to
LiverpooLe, and we to Northwich, was we to
communicate it wd. not answer by no means
at all, for this reason that your our Coal is of much
better quality for the people in LiverpooLe, and
Sir Thos's, may answer very well for the Salt
works, but as the Notice was so very short and
cou'd not have a proper consideration about it,
      new page
so as to inform the Trustees wd. not upon any
Account say any_thing to them at Prescot
tomorrow — — Mr. Penswick shd. be
glad to see you when you come over, but
wd. have some Chat before you say anything
to the Proprietrs, — —
    I am Sir
    Your very H~ble Servt
    H: Richardson
Haydock
Octr, 30: 74

author RICHARDSON HARRY
?1774

To
M~r. Orford
Lyme
      new page
M~r, Orford
Sir
    By the Bearer
Thos. Knowles Son, you have a %parcel from
your Brother, Likewise Twenty fatt sheep
from Haydock, Haydock Team shall
meet yours at Dunham upon Saturday
next with what Wheat we have, i'ts not properly
dressed we have not time on Acct. of the quanty,
of Hay down —
    I am Sir
    your very H~ble Servt
    Harry Richardson
P:S. I think yr,
Letter very severe
Wednesday
Eveng. —

author RICHARDSON HARRY
?1774

M~r. Orford
Lyme
      new page
Mr. Orford
Sir
    By our Cart you have
8 ds of Wheat and at the same time
have sent you two pair of Shoes — Narnes
bread I coud not meet with in the the
box you mention, by Knowles you
shall have some weigh box's — We have
had plenty of sale for our coal upon hand
had the frost continued a few days our
Brows wd. a been clean — The underlook~,
I approve off, Melling I expect tomorrow
The Engine water I expect out Thursday
Eveng. — In Haste
    Sir
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H; Richardson
Sunday
Eveng. —

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1775

For
M~r, Orford
      new page
        Haydock Mar, 21st: 1775
M~r. Orford
Sir
    Inclos'd you have two Bills
value 46 which is the whole I have by me. —
I have paid Mr. Rathbone One Hundred pounds
on Acct. of the Engine, Bellasses 50 Guineas
and Ashton the Plummer 20 which they say
you promis'd them after I had been at L~erple,
I do not see but what the coal trade is worse
then ever, I mean the old coal dealers to
collect from, and i'ts as bad for them to collect.
Mary Strong I dare say is gone to Lyme
by reason my Master and the whole Familey
goes upon Saturday, The Waggons come here
upon Thursday loads on Friday and sets off
the same night. — This day the Gentlemen
meet at Newton abt. the Chapel and dined at
      new page
Bayleys about Newton Chapel The report was made
and my Master will carry it up ^to^ town himself and
not trust to the Posts —
    I am Sir
    Yr. very H~ble Servt,
    Harry Richardson

[in pencil on the back of the letter]
Will —
Mr Edwd Tomkinson

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1775

To
M~r, Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
        Haydock Apr, 2nd: 1775
Mr, Orford
Sir
    Your Letter I have this
morning, Inclos'd in it one for Mrs, Orford,
and one for your Brother, that for your Bro~.
I have sent but he's gone into Yorkshire
to buy Horses, Mrs. Orford's I have sent
by Callwood with the Cows and Sheep.
The Turnpike meeting I believe to be upon
Thursday next but one at Ashton but am
not right certain, I sent to Benj. Lyon to
know but he was not at home Mr. Kerfoot
I believe is to attend at the Assizes at Lancast~
this week. The Acct. shall be ready when
ever the meetg. is, — I dare say there will
be no money to be had for I was with Mr,
Rigby the other day and cou~d not get a —
farthing
      new page
nor cou~d he get any from Kerfoot. — —
    I am Sir
    Your H~ble Servt,
    H: Richardson
[a small square has been cut out of the second page of the letter]

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1775

M~r. Orford
Lyme
      new page
        Haydock Apr. 16th: 1775
M~r. Orford
Sir
    Last Tuesday was
the Turnpike meeting at Ashton, but as
Mr. Kerfoot was at Lancaster and but
few Commrs, there was but little business
done. — I was at Warrington last Friday
but Mr, Kerfoot was not return'd, Yesterday
being our reckoning co'u~d not go, but sent
Shaw Allanson who receiv'd from him
Bank Bills to the amount of 400
and from thence sent them by Tunnicliffe
for Lyme which hope youl receive safe
Our seeding is over and as such our Carts
Shall meet yours with 20ds of Wheat
upon Saturday next, I am Sir Yrs, c
    H: Richardson

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1775

Mr, Orford
Lyme
      new page
        Haydock
Mr, Orford
Sir
    Inclos'd you have Mr,
Watt's Bills, likewise a %parcel yr,
Bro~. gave me, we are agate of cuting
the Clover in the Parks and a great
part ready for Housing, I expect
we shall have passage up the Naviga~
in a few days —
    I am Sr. Yr. very H~ble S~,
    Harry Richardson
June 27th: 75

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1777

Mr: Rd: Orford
Lyme Hall
Cheshire
[possibly in the same hand]
Free
Re. A. Gwillym
      new page
Mr. Orford
Sir
    The enclos'd came here this Morng,
Last night came here Charles Croft with Mr Crofts
cart, with 13 Doz~, Bottles 2 Bottles broke out of
them, A Camp Bed, and a Chest of Drawers
Bottles are put into Garner & the other into Ho,
    I am Sir
    Yr. very H~ble Servt
    H; Richardson
Haydock
Oct 27: 77

author RICHARDSON HARRY
1779

To
M~r. Orford
Haydock
[there appear to be several pen flourishes around the address, practising M]
      new page
        Norbury Mar, 25th: 79
M~r. Orford
Sir
    By William Green you have four
of them Leases scrawl'd over, whether right or wrong I don't
know, you'l please to examine them, and send them back
by Green, If you wou~d have them wrote over again as I dare
say there will be Alterations in them, you'l please to order
Green to call for some more stamps as Callwood only brot.
me six. Rent of Samuel Hardens is not mentioned. —
nor the forfeit of money if Lime be not set on every Acre how much
(is it, P~ Acre) nor where Samu~l Harden lives — — —
    I am Sir
    Yr. very H~ble Servt,
    Harry Richardson


author RICHARDSON HARRY
1779

To
M~r. Orford
at
Haydock
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M~r. Orford
Sir
    By Green you have the Leases and
Counterpts, but have not Examin'd them, likewise
two Stamps and the Draft they are drawn by
In Adam Fox's the forfeit money if the Lime be
not set on (is not put in) — — —
    I am Sir
    Yr. very H~ble Servt.
    Harry Richardson
Norbury
Apr, 15th: 1779

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1773

M~r: Richd: Orford
Haydock Lodge
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        Warrington 20th: Decr: 73
Mr: Orford
    Sr: I Desire to See you before you
Leave Haydock that things may be Settel'd
won way or Other, for me father wants to
know whether he must Lett the House or
no where he lives, which I canot [another t was here but now overwritten by o] Resolve
him till I know whether I Stay or go Home
If you will Give me 40 pounds A Year
and the House you menshon'd and Keep me
A Cow it would do, and I Don't think Mr:
Legh would wish to pinch me so that I
could not Live Decantly, which we cold
not off less. the house would want Some
little Alteration to make it Conveniant
which I hope you would not be Against.
pray Let me have A line from you as
soon as Posable from Yr: Hble Servt:
    Saml: Rigby
P.S. I pray my Duty to Mr: Pears Legh
and tell him Mrs: Vothary is verry ill

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1777

To
M~r: Richd: Orford at Lyme
near Disley
Cheshire
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        Haydock 4 Jany: 1777
Dr: Sr: / I have Sent you fifteen Bills Value two Hund, &
Sixty three pounds one Shilling P~ favour of H. Richardsons
Brother, which will I hope come safe to Hand. Mr: Hunt
came the day after you left us. but he had heard nothing of
Monks Rent. The Cash he brought I Gave to John Wright
for he told me he was at greater want of it. I have to_day
got the Reckoning over and hope to see you all at Haydock
before another and am with the Complts: of the season
    Yr: verry Hble Servt: Saml: Rigby

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1777

Dr: Sr: / Inclosd: you have five Bills Value
113:7S.. which hope will come safe, they are
all the London Bills I have Recv'd: I have got
a 90 Bill upon Rent which I intend Sending to
Abbot for Dale Baulk, I Recvd: yours concerning
the Machine But Shaw says the wood should
be Broke up near twelve months befor it is Built
and thinks it would be Better to Repare it up a
little till the wood is season'd I desire to know
what you think of it. I was glad to here you all
got well to Lyme. pray my Compts: to the stone
Parlour Ladies and tell them it was not for want
of a due Respect that I did not come to see them in
the Carriage but for fear of being too much Affected
at parting with them. pray my Compts: to the Stone
Parlour Gentlemen, I am Dr: Sr: Yr: verry Hble Servt
    S. Rigby
Haydock
25 June 77

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1777

Dr: Sr:
    I have let Mr: Grimshaw have 30
he has Bot: six Cows at Warrington fair with it
for I dont see that any person you send us to will
give us any money I have been twice at H: Ellam
to no purpos have got the Reckoning Over Last
saturday with the help of me neighbors for tho I
have no money yet have some remains of credit left
and hope you will Releeve me before the next Reckoning
Ralph Lowe has made a Breach won of the Browmen
went to Warrington on friday afternoon and did not
think proper to come to the Reckoning but his wife came
and Brot: sixteen pounds odd short so I went & took ye:
Constable & took an Inventary of there goods and told
them they should be sold if they did not bring sucuraty
for the Money so Ralph Hunt & Thos: Naylor is Joyn'd
in a note for the Money to be paid in Eighteen months
    I am Sr: Yr: verry Hble Servt: S. Rigby
Haydock 23 July 77

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1777

Mr: Orford
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Dr: Sr:
    Inclosd: you have five Bills
Value 89:9S:9d which are all the Bills
I have got I have not time to Coppey
them but desire you will. I got Home
from Liverpool Last night at 9 Oclock
have had but a poor Collection but hope
to Send you more when I Return from
Northwich        I am Sr: Yr: Obt: Servt:
    S Rigby
Haydock
18 Sepr: 77

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1777

Mr. Orford
    Sr: Inclos'd you Have four Bills
Value 108 which hope will come safe. Fayrer
did not pay me any_thing But promis'.d to come
over Last friday without fail and settle with me
but I have not seen or heard of him since desire
you will advise me what to do Concerning him.
Hugh Twiss Sais you promis'd him all Materials
to Builde A Shipp on should be glad to know whether
it is so or no. I am Dr: Sr: Yr: Hble Servt,
    Saml: Rigby
Haydock
22 Sepr: 1777

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1777

Dr: Sr:/ Inclosd you have Six Bills
Value 192.:4S:7d which I hope will
come safe to Hand the Quantety of
Coal Shipd: on Bord the Navigation
from May 74 To May 75. 3058W{*}s
from May 75 To May 76 —4344
from May 76 To May 77 —4961
I can Make shift to get the next Reckoning
over and hope to see you at Haydock before
another pray my Compliments to the Ladys of
the Stone Parlor I am with the Compliments
of the Seson Yr: verry Hble Servt:
    S. Rigby
Haydock
27 Decr: 77

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1778

Mr: Orford
    Sr: Inclos'd you have three Bills
Value A Hund: Pounds which I Recvd: Yesterday
of Henry Ellam at Warrington. I told him
you never took Bills Ether for Rent or Leases
so he agreed to give me 10S to get them Cash'd so
I Recvd: 5:10S:0d in Cash which I have plec'd: to
your Credit. Mr: Robinson of Sankey Bridges wants
the Coals to be Advanc'd: at Warrington but he thinks
it canot be done without Raseing the Coal at Stocks
for the Warrington Carters that Carts on there own
Bottom Will under sell us. I should be glad to know
how you went on with Mr: Gilbert. and how me Master
does from Yr: Obt: Servt: S. Rigby
Haydock
29 Jany: 78

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1778

Sr:
    Inclos'd is a fifty pound Bill
which I hope will come Safe, I have Recv'd:
A Letter from Mr: Gwillym of Atherton
who Informs me Mrs: Gwillym his Mother
inlawe, will except of Bills of your Drawing
at A month on Mr: Birchall London —
for the Other Hund: Pound which is behinde
so Desire you will send A Bill or Bills
to Mr: Gwillym of Atherton or to me as
soon as you Receave this which will Oblige
Yr: Hble Servt: S. Rigby
Haydock
25 Augst: 78

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1778

Mr. R. Orford
Lyme nr. Dissley
{**ee*} Cheshire
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Dr: Sr:
    I Recvd: the favour of yours yester_day. & have
given notice to Receave at Liverpool 22 instant —
the sough gose on prity well as we have agree'd with the
workmen to do it by the yard. we have been luckey in
finding Coal in sinking the pitt the pertickulers I
shall Inform you of when I have the pleasure of
seeing you     I am Dr: Sr: Your Most Obt: Servt:
    S. Rigby
Haydock
11 Septr: 78

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1778

Mr. Orfo [half of the address is torn away]
Lym
{*...}
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Dr: Sr:
    I Recvd: a letter yesterday from Mrs:
Gwillyms Sister of Bewley which I have inclos'd.
if you have not Remmitted the Bills Desire you'l
send them to me, for there is Nine Guineas Oweing
for Coal and it would give me an oppertunaty of Asking
for it.
    I am Yr, Obt: Servt: S. Rigby
Haydock
14 Sepr: 78

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1778

Mr: Richd: Orford
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Dr: Sr:
    Edwd: Smith the man that did
the Hedge by the Nursery for you is Gone
beside him_self so that the town is Oblig''d
to Hire men to attend him. haveing a Towns
Meeting Last night they desir'd me to Write
to me Master to get him into the Lunatick
hospital which I have done by the Bearer and should
be glad of your advice in this affair —
the People is gone out of the House that
we Liv'd in at Warrington. Robt: Caunce
haveing a desire. to have it if you will
be at the Expence of Makeing it into two
dwellings as he might Lett won part of it
for he canot Afford to pay 6 Pounds a
year out of his small Sallary I hope to
see you at Haydock when you come to
Gropnall Cort    I am Yr, Verry Hble Servt
    S. Rigby
Haydock 17 Novr: 78

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1778

Mr. R. Orford
Lyme near Disley
Cheshire
Steck
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Deir Sir
    In_clos'd have Sent ten Bills
Value Two Hundered & Thertyfive Pounds 8S/6d
which I hope will come safe to Hand —
    I am Yr: Obt: Servt: S. Rigby
Haydock
21 Decr: 78

author RIGBY SAMUEL
177

Mr: Richd: Orford
Lyme
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Dear Sr:
    Inclos'd have sent you three
Bill Value 110:5S:6D I had been at Liverpoo^l^
when I Recvd: your letter about the Suger
have Writ to Mr: Drinkwater but have
not yet Recvd: a line from him so canot
tell whether he will Oblige you with it or
no for he had lok'd up the 'Warehouse when I
was there and would not sell any Suger at
any price as he Expected it to be Dearer
I hope to see you here in a little time
from Yr: Obt: Servt: S. Rigby
Haydock
21 Sepr: 79

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1781

Mr: Orford
    Sir inclos'd is 3 Bills
Value 161..15S..0D which I hope will be
exceptable from Yr: Hble Servt:
    S. Rigby
Haydock
5 Octr: 81


author RIGBY SAMUEL
1781

Mr: Orford
Lyme Hall
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Dr: Sir
    Inclos'd is two Bills
Value Eighty Pounds, but dont
know when we had so poor a Collection
at this time of the year, pray my
Compts. to Mrs: Orford and the
Ladys & Gentlemen of the Stone
Parlor wishing you many a happy
return of the season am Dr: Sr:
    Yr: Obt: Servt: S. Rigby
Haydock
31 Decr: 81

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1782

Dear Sir
    I'me afraid you will think me
Negligent in not writeing sooner but I put it
off in hopes of haveing something Better to
send but Florida Swallows up everything
that I can get. inclos'd have sent a Bill
Value 40 which hope will be exceptable.
should be glad to here me Master is well tho
I have not had the pleasure of a line
from him since he left Haydock. am sorry
if I have done any_thing to disoblige him
but have not to me knowlidge. John Yates
is at Hesketh Bank and has been for three weeks
pray my Compts: to Mrs: Orford & the Ladys &
Gentlemen of the Stone Parlor from Yr:
    Obt: Servt: S Rigby
Haydock
18 Octr, 82

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1782

Dear Sir
    I have not had an %opertunaty of
getting any Franks since Captain Legh came
home makes me inclose a Letter to Master.
hope it will not be long before you come to Lancashire
pray my Compliments to Mr: Royle & Co:
at Lunshor and tell him I desire to know
whether he intends to Eate his Christmass pye
in Cheshire or Lancashire from Yr: H~ble Servt
    S. Rigby
Haydock
16 Novr: 82
P.S. I expect Shaw will be with you at Lyme
on tuesday Evening makes me say nothing how
we have gone on Since you was here

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1782

Mr: Richd: Orford
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Dear Sir
    Inclos'd have sent you five Bills
Value 138..10S..0D and be so kind to Advise
me on the Recept of them as soon as you can.
I have put off paying for the Iron till March
and made a better Collection at Liverpool
then I have done this long time, which has
ineabeld me to Asist you. pray my Complts, to
Mrs: Orford & the Ladys & Jentlemen of the
stone Parlor. I am with the Compliment
of the season Yr: Obt: Servt: S. Rigby
Haydock
25 Decr: 82.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1783

Mr, Orford
Lyme Cheshire
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Dear Sir
    I recvd: yours ^With 40 Cash^ [this is inserted in red ink] and am much
Obligd for what you sent me for I see you have
not Quite lost all compashon. have inclos'd
A Bill Value 30 and a Bank note of 10.
which hope will come safe and answer the
end as well as cash. pray my Compliments
to Mrs Orford and the Ladys & Jentlemen
of the Stone Parlor. Mr: Speakeman
informs me they have fixt a Coal meeting
the first Monday in Novr: which is
the third if it is Conveniant to you
    I am Yr: Obt: Servt: S. Rigby
Haydock
17 Octr: 83.


author RIGBY SAMUEL
1783

Mr: Orford
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Mr: Orford
    Dear Sir. I have every reason (
but a plain proofe) ^to beleeve^ that Jams: Atherton and the
men that works in that pit, have agree'd to keep
part of the Coals out of the reckoning and devide
the money amongst them as we wear oblig'd to
leave off won of the pits by reason of the Colliers
going to work at Florida, I have given over
that pitt. turn'd off the Browmen, and devided
the men amongst the other pits, I shall Explain
what I have learn'd about it when I have the pleasure
of seeing you. Inclos'd have sent you three Bills
Value A Hund: and one pou^n^ds three Shillings —
which hope will com safe. wishing you many a
Happy return of the season I am Yr. Hble Servt:
    S. Rigby
101.3S.0d
Haydock
22 Decr: 83.
[in another hand, possibly Orford's]
Reced Decr.27.83

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1784

Mr: Orford
    Dear Sir. John Atherton is gone
off with Geo. Cundliffs wife on friday Morning
he has cntracted a greate many debts in
the Neighborhood, more then you can Imagin
in short every_body has suffer'd that had any
thing to do with him, as Abraham Naylor
has been Brot: up in the Coal pits and won
that may be trusted, I have put him into
Johns place at presant. if you Approve
of him he may stay in it, if not, hope you
will apoint another. pray my Compts. to Mrs: Orford
Mrs: Winsen & the Gentlemen of the Stone
parlor. I am Yr: Obt. Servt. S. Rigby
Haydock
12 Jany: 84.
[on the back of the letter, some figures, a calculation and the name S. Rigby, not a signature]

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1785

M~r: Orford Lyme
Cheshire
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Mr: Orford
    Dear Sr: they got the Rods out.
the day you left us. they have Sunk & Boar'd
a Hunder'd and fifteen Yards and have found
nothing so we have given it up last night,
and intend to try another in the corner of the
Brick pit, Edwd: Peirpoint Brot: me at the
last Reckoning 50 which I have plac'd in
your favour, and hope we shall have as much
as will get tomorrow over. desire to know
which way you would have the China sent
to Lyme — pray my Compts: to Mrs: Orford
Mrs: Crew, and all the Ladys & Gentlemen
of the Stone Parlor —
    am Yr: Obt: Servt: S. Rigby
Haydock
10 June 85.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1785

M~r: Richd: Orford
Lyme Hall
Cheshire
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Mr: Orford
    Dear Sir
    Inclos'd is four Bills Value
three Hund: and Thirty one pounds 5S which hope will come safe
to hand. Mr: Penswick desires you will come to Lancashire
that we may have a meeting upon the ground where their
Level is driven below our Sough, that we may Conclude
what is best to be done concerning it — —
the Boarers near Matthias Lambs have got two holes
to the hard, and have Boar'd in two that they could not
get down for sand. Mrs: Griffes dide yesterday of Newton
pray my Compliments to Mrs: Crew and all the Ladys &
Gentlemen of the Stone Parlor from Yr: Obt: Servt:
    S~ Rigby
Haydock
24 June 85.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1785

Mr. Orford Lyme
Cheshire
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Dear Sir
    I recvd, yours this Evening
and hope you have recvd: mine that was
sent to Warrington on Wensday last,
Covering 4 Bills Value above 300
desire you will drop me a line as soon
as you receive this to advise me of
the recept of them. hope to see you
here in the Course of this week. we have
made a party to go see Mr: Eccelstons
work on thursday next, should be glad
of your company, if conveniant. am
Yr: Hble Servt: S Rigby
Haydock Lodge
26 June 85.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1785

M~r: Orford
Lyme
Cheshire
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Mr: Orford
    Dear Sir I have writ to our
master to Aquaint him of Robts: Conduct
for by all Accounts he is seldom sober,
and some days never goes near the Machine
therefore as I recommended him thought
it my duty to let both him & you know.
they have finish'd the pit on Haydock Green
but shall say nothing About the Colliery
as we expect to see you in a little time
should be glad to know when you go to
Blackpool agean, if you come this way
may perhaps go along with you. —
am Yr. Hble Servt: S Rigby
Haydock
11 July 85.
 

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1785

M~r: Orford Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
Dear Sir
    we got the papers you left
but Expected to find you at the Machine
instead of that you did not come near it,
as you had told Robt: you wod: not. he was
verry Saucy but did %not mind him nor
say but little to him. Thurstan shapes
as well as could be expected I stay'd with
him till saturday. We have not begun
of the Stocks Engen pit it has been
such wett wether. as the days are going
short it might perhaps be as well to let
the Engen House be till after Christmass
Geo. Allanson Left Thos: Edlestons last
Tuesday was a weeke about half past Eleven
at Night drunk and was found Yesterday
in won of the Old Coal pits in A Chater'd
Condishon, is to be Burid to day at Winwick
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am Sorry for his Father, he is in great
trouble, they had Examin'd near Thirty pits
before they found him, pray my Comts: to
Mrs: Crew and the Ladys & Gentlemen of
the Stone parlor. I remain Yr: Affectionate
    Friend and Hble Servt: S. Rigby
Haydock
26 Augst: 85.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1785

Mr: Orford Lyme
Cheshire
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Mr: Orford
    Sir inclos'd is four Bills
Value 231..17S..0d which hope will come
safe to Hand. yesterday was the Collection
at Northwich, so could not send much sooner
have been Oblig'd to Borrow Money
from my Friends for the Last Reckoning
and have not recvd: any Cash since
they have sunk the Engen pit About
twenty Yards, the Machine gose on
much in the same way as Eusial
    from Yrs: &— S Rigby
Haydock
17 Sepr: 85.
[a short calculation, in red ink, is at the bottom of the page]

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1785

Mr: Orford Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Sir I sent to Mr: Foster
last Wensday, according to custom he was
not at home, so there was nothing to be
had, but he sent Shorrock, yesterday
with one hundred Guineas. they go on
Sinking the Engen pit, all things are
much in the same way a eusial —
dont know how I came to make that
mistake with the Bills but I sent them
as soon as they came, so had not Copp'ed
part of them. was sorry to here our —
Master had got a fall, but hope he
recvd: no damage by it. pray my Compts:
to Mrs: Crew and the Ladys & Gentlemen
of the Stone parlor — I remain Yr:
    Obt: Servt: S. Rigby
Haydock
27 Sepr: 85.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1785

M~r: Orford Lyme Hall
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Dear Sir Inclos'd is A Bill
Value 25..4S..0d which hope Will come Safe
they have not left off Sinking the Engen
pit yet we thought to have had the pleasure
of seeing you here this Weeke Mr:
Speakeman is remov'd from Parr to
Ravenhead, it is time there should be a
New Contract made for Mr: Leghs Coals
with them or conclude to get them our
selves. pray my Compliments to Mrs: Crew
and the Ladys & Gentlemen of the Stone
Parlor. am Yr: Hble Servt. S. Rigby
Haydock
21 Octr.. 85.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1785

M~r: Richd: Orford. Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
Dear Sir
    Inclos'd is Mr: Speakmans Bill.
I paid him a Visit yesterday and got it.
they have let the Water off from the Old Engen
yesterday. they go on verry well with sinking
the Engen pit and are in hopes of Geting it
down without fixing the Engen upon it —
all things gose on tollerable well. —
am Yr: Obt: Servt: Saml: Rigby
Haydock
17 Novr: 85.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1785

Mr: Orford Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
Dear Sir
    Inclos'd is an Abstract of the Close
of the Years Account. likewise three Bills
Value Ninty Pounds. they have found the
fault where Late Mr: Mackays are getting in
Haydock therefore there is not so many
Coals on that side the fault as was expected
Mr: Speakeman would be glad to have a Meeting
as soon as you think propper as he thinks there
might be sixpence P~ Ton aded to the price
therefore hope it will not be long before we
see you at Haydock, am Much Oblig'd to you
for leting us know that our Master is better
I am Yr. H~ble Servt' S Rigby
Haydock
24 Novr: 85.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1785

Mr: Orford Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
Dear Sir
    Inclos'd is five Bills Value
110..0S..0d P~ favour of Wm: Houlding. have
Collected at Liverpool but Shaw does not
return from Northwich before tommorrow
Night, should be glad to know, how you have
succeeded in forwarding Chorleys Bills.
have no news to aquaint you with, but
what Wm: Will inform you of, am with
the Compliments of the Season Yr. Hble
    Servt: S Rigby
Haydock
23 Decr: 85

author RIGBY SAMUEL
?1785

Mr: Orford Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Dear Sir / I have this Minnet
recvd, yours have in Clos'd two Bills Value
A Hund: and thirty Two pounds 15S which are
all that I have at presant, we have not
been at Northwich yet. the Holes near
Matthas Lambs are above thirty yards
to the Hard and a good deal of Land
towards the Bottom a_bout three feet at
last verry Quick but shall give you a
more perticulor acct: in my next as it is
grone dark. pray my Compliments to Mrs:
Crew & C: from Yr: Hble Servt S Rigby
Haydock
Sunday Evening 9 Oclock
[on the back of the letter, a calculation]

author RIGBY SAMUEL
?1785

Mr: Orford Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
Dear Sir
    the inclos'd Bills Mr: Chorley
Gave me, which he tells me Will Secure me
from any Loss. if you can Negociate them
you my place them to my Credit —
    Eleven Bills 59..15..6 or 61..1..6—
I have not had time to Coppey them
am Yr: Obt. Servt: S Rigby
Haydock
Friday 11 O.clock
[in red ink a further note, in an different hand]
I kept 10 of the above and return'd one
which was drawn on Ratcliffe of Newton
they amounted to 53..15..11—

author RIGBY SAMUEL
?1785

Mr: Orford Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
Dear Sir
    Inclos'd is two Bills
Value 75.19.0 by Thos: Harrison
from Yr: Obt: Servt: S. Rigby

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1788

Mr: Orford
Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
Dear Sir
    Enclos'd is the Following Bills
which hope will come Safe
and in time, I have had
a verry Bad winter scersely
ever well. pray my Compts: to
your famaley, and Mrs: Crew
and Co: from Yr: H~ble Servt: S. Rigby
Haydock
27 Jany: 88
[to the right of the text is a calculation]

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1788

Mr: Richd: Orford
Lyme Hall
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Dear Sir enclos'd is five
Bills Value 209..0S..7d which hope will come
safe to hand, and likewise hope that our governor
and you are got upon better terms before this,
your Rum will be Ready when the wagon gose
to Liverpool, our old friend Fayrer is
dead, Mr: Drinkwater desires his respectfull
Compts: am Yr: Obt: Servt: S. Rigby
Haydock
24 April 88.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1788

M~r Richd: Orford
Lyme Hall
Cheshire
      new page

M~r: Orford
    Sir I writ to you as soone as
the Engen Beame broke down, but Molly
forgot to give it to your keeper, I have pd:
John Duckworth 50 in Bills. which sum
I recvd: from Mr: Blackburn for the Bill
you return'd, canot say any_thing of the fault
in Clipsley, as the water prevents any_thing
being done in that pit, they hope to have the
Beame up next weeke some time of it.
should be much obligd: if you will get my Rects:
Sign'd, if you think in nessacery shall come
to Lyme rather then not have them finished
pray my Compliments to your famaley & Mrs:
Crew. from Yr: Obt: Servt: Saml: Rigby
Haydock 7 June 88.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1788

Dear Sir
    I recvd: the favour of yours last night.
the Engen Beame Breakeing in the midle went down with
such a forse, that it broke pump rods and burst the Working
Barrell at the first lift, as such it must stand still, then
there is a new one got. Shaw has writ to Coalbrook Dale
to know when he may depend of one being ready that he
may send a Cart for it that there may be no time lost.
Mr: Hunt sent a Bill yesterday for part of what he owse —
and promises to remit the remainder in a short time
    I am Dear Sir Yr: Obt: Servt:
    S. Rigby
Haydock
28 June 88.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1788

Mr: Richd: Orford
Lyme Hall
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Dear Sir Mr: Thos: Barrow has been
here he now tells me he canot pay the whole of
the return'd Bills nor thinks it resonable he should
as Shaw would not trust him for the Coals, which
was the reson that he gave Tomlinson Cash for them
before he had them. he preposes Mr: Legh takeing
Tomlinsons Devidend and what ever it falls short
he will pay Mr: Legh one half of the deficiancy.
Mr: Crossbe has writ to Shaw upon the subject
Barrow desires you will spake to our Master and
do what you can for him from Yr: Obt: Servt:
    S. Rigby
Haydock
16 July 88.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1788

M~r: Richd: Orford
Lyme Hall,
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Dear Sir enclos'd is the following Bills
[there follows a short calculation]
which hope will come safe; please to advise
me of the receipt of them. which will Oblige
    Yr: Obt: Servt: Saml: Rigby.
Haydock
24 July 88.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1788

Mr: Orford.
Lyme Hall
Cheshire
      new page
Dear Sir
    the Amount of the two Bills
for Iron Rails is 323..8S..0d the level in the
Clipsley is just the same to all apearance
the stone is so hard, they get but verry sloly
forward. desire you will not forget to send
me some Cash against the 6 of next Month
which will Oblige Yr: Hble Servt:
    Saml:. Rigby.
Haydock
22 Augst: 88.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1788

Mr: Orford Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Dear Sir my Eyse are so
bad, desire you will excuse me coming to Lyme
till the days are a little longer, shall send
the Books with your sons Close, should be
glad if you will examine them, and send them
back as soon as you can. the Navigation has
been stopd: by the frost some time, and we
have verry little land sale they are seting
Coals up at every Pitt. pray my Compts: to
your famaley & Mrs: Crew. am Yr: Obt: Servt:
    S. Rigby
Haydock
24 Decr: 88.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
?1788

M~r: Orford. Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Dear Sir I have given notice
to Collect at Liverpool on tuesday next
Northwich on Friday Frodsham on Saturday
but have recv'd. a line from our Master
wherein he orders me to send the proffits
of the Colliery to him from Yr: Hble
    Servt: S Rigby
Haydock
Sunday [the a is very badly formed] Morning 6 O Clock

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1789

Mr: Richd: Orford
Lyme Hall
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Sir I write this at the
request of John Martelire who tels me
you promis'd him A field cal'd Shaw Croft
that they might take possesion of it, if
Jams: Allanson did not hould it. but he tells
them his father will have it, but whoever
has it they must pay him A Guinea —
they have been at Shaw to know whether
he intended to hould it or no. but he would
not inform them. they desire your imediet
answer to know which way to proceed —
    from Yr: Hble Servt Saml: Rigby
Haydock
26 Feby: 89


author RIGBY SAMUEL
1789

Mr: Orford.
Lyme Hall.
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Dear Sir they are begun of
geting Coals at Mr: Ashtons new work, but dont
intend carting any to ship, as the Cut will
be up to the work in about three weeks —
Mr: Speakemans Coals are as bad as eusial
but according to the new agreement he will
but Ship about Six thousand works in a
year and four of them are contracted for
so if the Other Proprietors would brake off
with him Mr: Orrell thinks he would fight
out the two thousand, so he thinks it would
be of no use, but he will write to you on the
subject, as they wish to have a meeting.
    I remain Yr. Affectionate Friend
    and Hble Servt: S Rigby
Haydock
16 March 89.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1789

Mr: Orford
Lyme Hall.
Cheshire
      new page
Dear Sir
    I recvd: yours this Morning, the
Navigation Sale is good, but we heve stopd:
two pits at Florida, which is better then
paying 5s P~ Wk:. the Stocks Sale is Tollera^ble^
but there is Coals upon the Brows, as we
have brought some of the florida men
to the Stocks work makes more Coal to be
got. hope it will not be long before you
come to Haydock as the Town is willing
to Joyne our Master in Slagging the
Roade down to Florida think it would
be the best thing that we can do as it
would make it all in one Work, for some
times we have been without coals at the
top end this winter, and then it gets all
over the Cuntery that they canot get Loading
      new page
which hurts the sale for some time, and we
likewise could get more Coals at Florida, as
there would be a great deal more land Sail.
pay my Compts: to your famaley & Mrs: Crew
am Yr: Hble Servt: S Rigby
Haydock [tear in page]
3 April 89.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1789

Mr: Orford
Lyme Hall
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Sir enclos'd is a leter that I
recv'd from Mr: Wilkins which I would not Answer
before I had your opinion of it, therefore be so
kind to write as soone as you receive this, if we
must be tide to there weight we must ly at the
mercy of there servants, and not know how the
account will stand, desire you will ether write
to him or me emedietly as you may see I have
recv'd it some time since from Yr: Obt: Servt:
    S. Rigby
Haydock
22 May 89.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1789

Mr: Orford.
Lyme Hall
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Sir enclos'd is Tomlinsons Return'd
Bills. Shaw & I wated on Mr: Kirfoot last wedensday with
them, but he said the 40 Bill apear'd to be paid as there
is a Receipt on the back of it from Jno: Scott & Co:,
therefore he would not take them in, before that was clear'd
up. desire you will explain it to him and return him the
Bills as soon as you can. it would be a great pitty that
Barrow should be depriv'd of the devidend as Shaw was
the cause of it. Colliery gose on but verry indiferantly
here there being but few coals sold here and would have
been fewer but for this wet wether, for the Carters tels
us it makes 2s/6d a day diferance to them betwixt going
to Edge Green and coming to Haydock, therefore you
may emagin they will not come here, we have a large
Quaintity of Coal set up here without hopes of parting
with them. am Yr: Obt: Servt" S. Rigby.
Haydock
2 June 89.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1789

M~r: Richd: Orford.
Lyme Hall.
Cheshire
      new page
Dear Sir
    enclos'd is five Bills Value
326..6S..6d which, hope will come safe to hand.
desire you will draw upon John Hunt Northwich
for 49..10S..0d as I dont see any other way of
geting any_thing from him. from Yr:
    Obt: Servt: Saml: Rigby.
Haydock
23 July 89.
[in another hand, probably Orford's]
S Rigby

Haydock

27 July 1789 drew for 49.10 at 7 days in
Cash or London Bills not exceeding Six Wks
to Mr. Geo. Litton

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1789

M~r: Orford.
Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Dear Sir Shaw has let me
have 44 the last Reckoning took 106.14.3
besides what came from J Burchal and left
Both Sinkers and Brick men unpaid. the
upbrow that is to loose Sir Robts: Water
is through the fault and have found the Coal
on the other side but they keep so lowe
that they are oblig'd to keep driveing in the
stone which makes it go but sloly on. we have
no more sale here, but less as people are in
there summer works this fine wether. pray
my Compts: to your famaley & Mrs: Crew
from Yr: Obt: Servt: S Rigby
Haydock
27 Augst: 89.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1789

Mr: Orford
Lyme Hall
Cheshire
[in another hand is written over the top Stockport]
      new page
Dear Sir
    I have no Bill of parcel
from Smith & Co: but can o'nly finde
the sums of 68.5S.0d and 49 Charg'd
in the disbursements on Acct: which
sums they acknowlidge to have recv'd
therefore should think the Acct. right.
we have verry little land sale for
Coal, less then ever, Shaw has not
asissted me with any more Cash—
to_day is the Reckoning, which hope
to get over, but dont know how to get
any further without your help.
    I am Dear Sir
    Your Obt: Servt:
    S. Rigby.
Haydock
12 Sepr: 89.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1789

M~r: Orford
Lyme Hall
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Dear Sir
    I desire you'l
send me Cash against this day weeke, as it
will be the Reckoning, and have not ten
pounds in the world, nether do I know
where to get any. Shaw has now declar'd
he is engeaged at Ashtons Green Coalery and
intends to leave this work in a short time.
I hope you will be as good as your word to
John Yates, and let him have the place
at Florida which will much Oblige
    Yr: Obt: Servt: Saml: Rigby.
Haydock
19 Sepr: 89.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1789

Mr: Orford.
Lyme Hall.
Cheshire
      new page
Dear Sir
    I got the Reckoning over, had
two guineas & a Half left and one of them that
you sent is light, desire you will let me have
Cash against the 10 of next Month it will take
above 70 as the sinking pit will be finished
by that time and the Carpenters to pay
a months wage, they are now got into the
coal in the tunnell that should looce Sir
Robts: water, hope they will not be long befor^e^
they finish it. they are likewise got thorow the
fault in won of the deep levels they have
been a long time in it as it is a verry hard.
bure stone, but are in hopes they will now
get fast forward, the 10th: of next month coms
into this quarter so it will be some time
before I can collect for the Quarters coal.
we hope to see you at Haydock in a short time
    am Yr: Obt: Servt: S Rigby
Haydock
30 Sepr: 89.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1789

Mr: Orford
Lyme Hall.
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Dear Sir I desire you'l
bring with you when you come to Haydock
No: 4. 21st: Novr: 1783 in florida Vouchers
which is the last setteling with Shaw,
as he makes an unreasonable demand
it may be of use to us when we settle
with him. I have not recvd: the Booke
but hope you will send it by the Wagon
pray my Compts: to all friends —
am Yr: Obt: Servt: S Rigby
Haydock
24 Novr: 89.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1790

Mr: Orford Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Sir I am surpris'd that you
nether writ to let us knowe to drop the Coals
nor sent more Cash, as you but sent fifty
Guineas and the Reckoning tooke above
eighty and obligd: to borrow the other part
of Pears Naylor, have not any to pay him
back with. the Cash at the Machine was only
32..10..7 cash pd: at the Reckoning 133..8..2
therefore you must ether send money or the
work my stop. from Yr: Hble Servt: S Rigby
Haydock
31 May 90.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1790

Mr: Orford Lyme
Cheshire
      new page
Dear Sir
    I recvd: Eighty four pound 9s
by the Butcher. which have pleac'd to your
credit. it came just in time, have got the
reckoning over, we have dropd: the Coals
yesterday to 2d P~ Hun'd: as they have lane
so long thought a farthing would not answer
to get them off, hope it will not be long
before you come to Haydock. am Yr: Obt:
    Hble Servt: S Rigby
Haydock
13 June 90.

author RIGBY SAMUEL
1790

M~r: Richd: Orford
Lyme Hall.
Cheshire
      new page
Mr: Orford
    Dear Sir enclos'd is the following Bills
Viz — [there follows a short calculation]
desire you will advise me of the Receipt of them
for I dont like sending so much by the post.
which will Oblige Yr: Obt: Servt: S. Rigby.
Haydock
22 July 90.

author ROGERSON ROGER
1774

Mr. Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
        Warr Jary. 17th. 1774.
Dr Sir
    I fear you have forgott the Covers I gave You
I am quite out if you Cou'd send me a Doz
Quils to Messrs. Blacker & Cock's, London will
greatly oblige
    Sr Your obedt Servt
    Roger Rogerson
please to write me P~ Return,

author ROGERSON ROGER
1785

Mr. Richd Orford
at
Lyme
near Stockport
      new page
        Warrington Oct. 24th. 1785.
Mr. Richd Orford
    Sr. I apperhend Mr Richmond applyd
to you for Permition to sell, Mr Robert
Heskett Estate, which is held by 3 Lives,—
under Mr Legh, the sale was the 29 Sept.
& no Bidders attended, therefore no Business
was done & Mr Richmond Left word [a word is crossed out here]
with me, that if a Price fixd on at the Sale
Coud be gott I might agree with any Gentlemen [tear in page]
that offerd, yesterday a Person did offer —
& before he will Contract, he desires me to
Write you. & Request that you will please
to Inform me if it woud be agreable, to—
Mr Legh to Chang 1 Life of the same age
with 1 in the Personel Lease, for without
that, he will not Purchaice, & say what
you Expect for the Change & you will
oblige —
    Sr your obedt. Servt
    Rogr. Rogerson
[a short calculation, in a different hand?, at the bottom of the page]
[on the reverse, in red ink, different hand, with some numbers, is the following:]
Wellworths Measure


author ROSCOE JOHN
1788

[This letter has a sheet attached, containing details of tenancies, in another hand, possibly Orford's. The letter is transcribed here first]
To
M~r— Orford
Steward — to — Peter
Legh Esq~. Lyme Cheshire
[the address is completed in a different ink, and possibly by another hand, with a word crossed out, Haddoc]
      new page
        Liverp:~ 5th. Sepr— 1788—
Mr, Orford—
    Sr
    Having had a good Report
of your Affability and good Nature, has
Imbolden'd me to trouble you with this
    I am in trust for an Infant, a
Master Owen who is great grandson to the
late Mrs— Shaw, of Sankey Hall — Whose Estate
is in Chancery — Mrs— Shaw when living
had some Premisses at the bottom of the
Horse Markett — Warrington — the ground Rent
of which, I understand, you allways Recd
    Now Mrs— Shaw, (I suppose, by Will)—
divided these premisses into three shares
and Wether a proportion of said gd— Rent
was laid on Each share, I never knew, Mrs
Clare the Infant's Aunt allway's to her death
paid Owen's part ^along with her Own^ which was never yett
Settled — Our third of said premisses is a
dwelling House to ye— front of the Street
formerly tenanted by a John Cooke, but of
late by a John Kirk — and Co'd you Inform
me of the proportion, of this House, wo'd Oblige
me Much — the several Owner's of Each
thid's are — Mrs— Clare — said Owen — and
a Mrs— Parker, of this Town, who Imploys a
Mrs— China of Warrington to Act for her—
    Wo'd you be kind Enough, to sett us
to Right's, in this particular, will lay, an
Obligation on
    Yr— Obedt: & Hum~: Servt:
    J~no: Roscoe
P:S: a Line to me in Liverpool
or left with my Daughter, at M~r
Watkin's, Warrington will
much Oblige —

[the attached sheet is transcribed below. It is set out as a table, with headings]
Tenant's NamedateyearsPlace of abodeyearly rent S dObservation
John Traverse1754 Mar. 2599Warrington7.—.—Tied to Erect in one year from the date
3 dwelling Houses in Lieu of the old
Building then standing
This Lease afterwards assigned over
by consent of Mr. Legh as under
Peter Robey1758 Feby. 2d.95Warrington2.6.— 
John Traverse1758 Feby. 2d.95Warrington2.1.— 
Mary Shaw1758 Feby. 2d.95Sankey2... 
John Litherland1758 Feby. 2d.95Warrington—.13.— 

author ROTHWELL RICHARD
1779

Mr. Orford
at
How Lane
      new page
        Stockport Sepr. 13th— 1779.
Sr
Since you have been at my Shop have Endevoured
to get a Paper to match your Ded [D is possibly R?] furniture but cannot
meet with any_thing near the Pattern in Manchester
They Inclosed Pattern his the only one that comes any
thing Like, the price of it is 3d P~ yd. Hope you will
favour me with a Pattern of your Stripe, I doubt
not but Can get they same or something very
near it by sending it to my Chorispondant at
London if you Can wate the time which will
be three weeks or a Month if it comes by the waggon.
60 Yds. you say will be anough which will be 5 P's.
Paper each Ps. runs near yd. short of measure shou'd
Advise you to Calculate rather over then under the breadth
of Paper is 21 Inches wide in this as any_thing further
    May Command your
    Humble Servant
    Richd. Rothwell

author ROWLINSON RICHARD
1790

Mr. Orford
Peter Legh's Esq~
Lyme
Cheshire
Post paid.
      new page
Dear Sir
    About a Week ago John Gleave of
Grappenhall came to consult me upon ye. Title Deeds
of ye. Upper Mill there which he holds by Lease under
Mr Legh complaining that one Dainteth the Miller or owner
of the lower Mill had cut a quantity of Underwood from
the Damshead belonging to the Upper Mill and had proceeded
to cord that up and was about to dispose of the same.
    Upon having reference to the papers then laid before me
and examining sundry persons present it Appeared especially
by a Memorandum signed by several persons Inhabitants
of Grappenhall in the year 1711 that the Owner of the Lower
Mill had neither a right to cut any Underwood from y~
Damshead or to bank up the Water without y~ consent
of y~. Owner of the Upper Mill I therefore at y~— request of ^Glave gave^
Dainteth Notice not to cut any more wood, nor to disturb
the Earth belonging to y~. Damshead, or to carry away y~
wood already fallen if he did an Action wod. be brought
against him; since then he has desisted, but as Mr Legh is
the Lord of both Mills he may probably take it into his
head to pay you a Visit and Misrepresent the circumstances
and therefore I am induced at the instance of Gleave to write
      new page
to you on ye Subject, that you may be prepared to talk with him
if he shod. be minded to come to Lyme.
    Shod. Dainteth be permitted to fall this Wood and to
raise ye bank of ye. Dam in Order that he may have a reservoir
of Water in Summer time, it wod. be of considerable Injury
to some of Mr Legh's Tenants in the Neighbourhood of ye Dam by
Overflowing Lands lying contiguous. The lower Mill has now
as much Water to keep that Mill going as it ever had
    I am
    Dear Sir
    Yr Mo H~ble Serv~
    Richd: Rowlinson
Warrington 24th March 1790

author ROYLE RICHARD
1778

To
Mr Orford
at
Lyme
      new page
Dear Sir
I Recd. A letter from Brother Thomas on
Sunday last who is In want of a little
money therefore shall Take it as a great
Favor [this corrected from Fav{*}r] If you will Send him Ten Guinea's
on my Account and I will Return
you the money.
    Pardon me Dear Sir for takeing this
freedom But Being so well acquinted
with your Good Nature I Flatter
myself you will Excuse me
    I am with the Greatest Respect your
Most obedient humble servt.
    Richd. Royle
Haydock
Friday Night
June 5th. 1778

author RUMBOLL BRYAN
1773

To
Mr. Orford
      new page
Sir
    According to your desire I have sent 10 Bills
value 170 to Mr. Burchel, the first part I sent by
Mondays post the other by this days post, I recd. yours
Saturday last Otherwise I intended sending them on
the above mentioned days to you at Lime, I am sorry
to aquaint you with the loss of a good Father which
happened in the Month of March, I understand by
your Letter that you had not heard of it, I will endeavour
to have the Interest money ready always in proper
time, I shall be glad to have your rect. when you have [ink blurred]
an account of Mr. Burchels recieving the Bills
I am with due respect
    Your verry Hble Servt.
    Bryan Rumboll
Salthrop
July 22d. 1773

author RUMBOLL BRYAN
1774

        Salthrop May ye. 30th. 1774
Sir
    I Intend sending Mr. Burchal One Hundred & seventy
pounds in Bank Bills by next Saturdays post, I thought
it proper to give you an account sometime before I sent it
otherwise it would have been quite convenient to me to
have sent it by this post. I am
    Sir your Oblidged Humble Servt.
    Bryan Rumboll

author RUMBOLL TIMOTHY
1770

To
Mr. Richd. Orford
      new page
        Salthrop July ye 15th. 1770
Sir
    I have sent part of 2 Bank Bills
value 150 & shall send the remainder by
the next post with a 20 Bill which will
make 170 Be pleas,d to forward Mrs. Leghs
Letters as soon as Convenient, My son joyns
his best respects and I am Your Hble Servt.
    T. Rumboll

author RUMBOLL TIMOTHY
1771

        Salthrop July ye 16th. 1771
Sir
    I have sent the remainder of the two Bank Bills
with another of 20 which makes 170 & be pleas,d to let
Mrs. Legh have the overplus as usual and return me
your rect.
    I am Your Hble Servt.
    T. Rumboll

author RUMBOLL TIMOTHY
1772

To Mr. Orford
      new page
        Salthrop July ye. 16th. 1772
Sir
    I have sent you ^part of^ 9 Bank Bills the other part I shall send
by next post Value 170 Be pleas'd to pay Mrs. Legh the overplus
as usual and you will oblidge Your Hble Servt.
    T Rumboll

author RUMBOLL TIMOTHY
1773

        Salthrop Jany. ye. 9th. 1773
Sir
    I have Inclosed part of five Bank Bills value 170 for
the payment of Mr. Gwillims Interest the other part I shall
send by Mondays post, I recd. a Letter from Mrs. Legh dated ye.
29th. of Decr. which shall be answered soon, My Son joins in
the Compts. of the season and I am your verry Hble Servt.
    Timothy Rumboll

author RUMBOLL TIMOTHY
1773

To
Mr. Orford
      new page
        Salthrop Jany. ye. 11th. 1773
Sir
    I have Inclosed the other part of the five Bank
Bills which I hope you will recieve safe please
to pay the overplus of the money to Mrs. Legh and
your rect. will oblidge your Hble Servt.
    Timothy Rumboll

author RUSHTON JOHN
1785

Mr— R. Orford
Lymn
P~ favor
Mr Sudlow
      new page
        Manchr June 3d. 1785
Mr— R. Orford —
Sir
    Have taken the liberty to send you, the
prices of Wines, Rum, Brandy &c assuring you if
favor'd with your Commands the will be executed in such
a Manner, as to merit your future Favors —
    Sir
    Your most obedt— Servt
    John Rushton
Madeira42/ Dozn
Sherry— 30/— Do
Mountain24/— Do
Lisbon}  
Wt— Port22/6 Do
Red — Do
old Jama Rum11/ Gallon
old Cogc. Brandy14/6 — Do
old Forn— Gin— 14/6 — Do
old Batavia Arrack— 18/— Do

author RUSSELL T
1774

To
Peter Legh Esqr. M P
Lyme near
Disley
Cheshire
      new page
Dear Sir
    Lord Strafford asked me to_Day if his Interest
was ready — You know how particular he is about it, and I
promised him it shd. be paid forthwith, which I have
no doubt you will enable me to do
    I am
    Dr Sir
    very truly Yrs
    T. Russell
    29 Mar 1774
Mr Legh told me that Mr
Lunilty shd be paid [word crossed out]
his Bill within a few pounds

author RUSSELL T
1775

Dear Sir
    I received your Favor, but it contains
nothing that I have not repeatedly urged already
to Mr Banks — If the sevl. Queries I sent
Mr Legh cannot be cleared up, Mr Banks
will not accept the Title — nothing will be
presumed & the Title must be clear or we
cannot proceed.
    I am sorry for your loss in Mr
Stafford, whose Experience & Integrity had
deservedly obtained him every ones good opinion
    I am
    Dr Sir
    faithfully Ys
    T. Russell
Red Lion Square
18 Sepr 1775

author RUSSELL T
1782

To
Mr. Richard Orford
Lyme near
Dishley
By Buxton
      new page
Dear Sir
    I am now in very great want of
the maps of the Estate you have surveyed
and beg you will forward them to me
with all the Dispatch you can
    Don't forget to send me your
Bill at the same time, because I can
now pay it. But shd the Duchy be
annihilated by Parliament, as was
intended, I may not hereafter have it
in my Power to pay you except out
of my own Pocket
    I am
    faithfully Your's
    T. Russell
3d. Decr. 1782.

author RUSSELL T
1785

[is this in the correct folder?]
To
Mr Rob~ Orford
Lyme near
Disley
Cheshire
By Buxton
Bag
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Dear Sir
    Our Friend Mr Master left Town
on Saturday for Bristol from whence he will
immediately proceed to America, promising
to return the next Spring
    I am now become a very great
Farmer, having 300 Acres in hand. Our Grass
Fields this Year being remarkably foul
(owing to the backwardness of the Spring, which
has given the hardy weeds the power of getting
Head of the Grass,) we are shall not be able
to get any clean Seeds for a Lay. I shall
have 70 Acres of Ground ready to lay down to
Meadow next March, and am exceedingly
anxious to do it with the very best Seeds; and
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I am told there is no part of England, where
so Neat Grass Seeds are to be had as in
Cheshire.
    May I therefore request a Line
from you, if you can find Means to supply
me with such as may be depended on,
for 70 Acres; And how much you wd.
advise to be sown P~ Acre. What is
the price of the Seeds, and if they can be
forwarded to London by Water; and
which way they will come.
    I beg my respectful Complimts.
to Mr Legh. And not doubting but you
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will forgive my giving you this
Trouble
    I remain
    Dear Sir
    Your faithful humble
    Sir T. Russell
Red Lion Square
20 June 1785.

author RYLING ROBERT
1785

Sir
    I shall esteem it a particular favor if You can pay
me the remainder of the 500 immediately, as I have got
M~r Rawstorne here who purposes staying about a %fortnight,
and I hope it will be in Your power to remit it
in Cash, for one of Your last Bills cost me Seventeen
Shillings to get Cash for it at Wigan, besides my
expences going there, which I cannot properly Charge
to Mr, Athertons acct, Your Answer will much
    Oblige Sir
    Your Hble Servt,
    Robt, Ryding
Atherton
13th, May 1785

author RYDING ROBERT
1785

M~r Orford
Lyme
Cheshire
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Sir
    M~r Rawstorne desired to Write to You to request
the 200 immediately, as we have a large Sum to pay
very soon without fail, therefore I hope it will be convenient for You at this time and in so doing You will
Oblige — — — — — — — Sir
    Your Hble Servt;
    Robt; Ryding
Atherton
31st, July 1785

author RYDING ROBERT
1785

M~r Orford
Lyme
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Sir
    The Person I mentioned to You as Buttler, has
been along with me this Morning, he lives with M~r
Hulton, of Hulton, and says he has giver Notice to leave
some time since, he is I believe a very clever Man in
his Business, he wou'd have come over himself, but thought
a Letter might answer the purpose as well, as he said
perhaps You might have got one, I told him the Wages,
which he thinks very well of, M~r Grimshaw ^was^ here Yesterday, and said the Buttler had M~r Legh's Old Cloths,
his time will be up the next week, and if You agree, he
cou'd come then, if You cou'd wish him, but wou'd rather
stay a Month, as he says they part upon good terms,
and his only reason for leaving is, he wou'd rather live
in a more regular Family, he had heard that M~r Legh
was a little tedious, and I said I believed he was, but that
there was means to please him — and if there are any more
particulars concerning the place he wou'd be glad to know
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them, Your Answer will much Oblige Sir
    Your Hble Servt,
    Robt; Ryding
Atherton
12th, Sepr, 1785

author RYDING ROBERT
1785

M~r Orford
Lyme
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Sir
    I Recd, Yours of the 13th, Instant, and send the same
to M~r Shaw, but I fully expected a Bill, I am much
at want of Cash, and hope you will not fail sending me
the Balance by the Bearer, for M~rs Rawstorne is much
displeas'd at it, for it disappoints us of making our payts,
regular,
    I am Sir
    Your Hble Servt,
    Robt; Ryding
Atherton
17th, Sepr, 1785

author RYDING ROBERT
1788

M~r Orford
Lime House
Cheshire
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Sir
    M~r Rawstorne desired me to
Write to You, to answer his last
letter to You, he says Mr, Atherton
is very disirous to know Mr, Legh's
Sentiments about the business, Your
Brother says You will be at Haydock
in a little time, and if You please
I will wait upon You there —
    I am Sir
    Your Hble Servt,
    Robt; Ryding
Atherton
8th, April 1788

author RYDING ROBERT
1788

M~r Orford
Lyme House
Cheshire
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        Atherton June 14th: 1788,
Dr, Sir
    I dont know how You have come off in
Your part of the World but we have such a
general scarcity here of Cash by the stopping of
Mr: Doncaster's Bank at Wigan, & the failery of
so many Persons at Manchester as never was
known before, I suppose any_bodys memory,
Mr, Rawstorne has just sent me Orders to
send off a considerable sum of Cash to Mr
Atherton, & unless you can give me some assistance
I do not know how in the World to raise
the Money, we have not yet received a Shilling
from the Estate in Wiltshire, but Mr, Jay mentioned
in his last letter having paid You a
Years Interest of the 3333.6.8, which was
due to Mr, Atherton from Stelthrop Estate at
the time of Mrs, Legh's Death, Now if you can
conveniently remit me that Money as soon as
possible, it will be a very great help on this present
mergency, as I assure you I shou'd not have thought
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of Writing to You if it had been in my power
to raise the Money wanted by any other means.
You will be so kind as to be as speedy as You
can with Your Answer, for the remittance must
be made to Sir Robt, Herries, the Banker
without delay —     I am Dr, Sir
    Your Hble Servt,
    Robt: Ryding
[smudged or scratched out is the faintly legible following text:]
Atherton
14th; June 1788
[on the back of this letter is a reply, drafted by Orford]
Dear Sir
    I am favor'd with yours of the 14th. Inst. And have herewith Inclosed
you the Acct. as it stands between you & me, which I hope you'll
find right, which is accounting ^with Mr, Atherton^ up to 25th of Jany. 1787. — I can get no
further order from My Master but settle the Acct. from Mr. & Mrs
Gwillym Senrs. Death, which will be in [word crossed out here] Mr— Legh's favor at
present — Mr. Jay has to remit to You 1/3 of the Clear Money
from Salthrop from Midsumer last 1787, I apprehend he has
now Rece~d the Rents up to Michaelmas 1787 which is 1/3 of a Quarter
of a Year, As I mentioned to you the Tenants in that Country has
always a half Years Rent in their Hands. You rembember when I
had the pleasure of seeing you last I informed you how I was
distressed, and sorry it is not in my power to render you assistance
I apprehend the Bolton & Newton Act is got into the Country before
this, if the first meeting is fix'd wish you wd. give me a line
to say when it is —

author RYDING ROBERT
1788

M~r Orford
Lime
Cheshire
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Sir
    I Recd, Your two Favors, and am
much Oblig'd to You for them,
And hope to see You on Thursday next
at Leigh, as it will be the Turnpike
meeting at Mr, Ellam's
    I am Sir
    Your Most Hble Servt,
    Robt; Ryding
Atherton
28th, June 1788

author RYLE JOHN
1772

        Macclesfield 18 June 1772
Mr Orford
Sr
    I take ye Liberty to trouble ^you^ with ye Inclos'd Paper's
which Shoud esteem a %favour if Mr Legh ^wou'd^ direct to Mr Burchal [tear in page]
& Please to Send 'em when you've Oppertunity & the favour Shall
be gratefully Acknowledg'd.. by
    Sr
    your very hble Servant
    John Ryle

author RYLE JOHN
1788

Mr Orford
at Hoo Lane
near
Stockport
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Dear Sir
    Mr Daintry desires me to make
his respectfull Compts, to you & to request (When
i'ts Convenient to You) that you'd fix a
time when You can favor him with a Meeting
in Wincle [three words crossed out], to Look at some
small Parcells of Land of Mr — Leghs which
Lays amongst his Estates there. When you
can fix upon a time Shoud be glad you'd
favor me with a Line and as this is the way
to that Part, If you'l call on my I'll go
with you .. I'm Dr Sir
    Your Mo Obedt Servt
    John Ryle
Macclesfield 9 Augst 1788
[in Orford's hand, the following note:]
fix'd for Monday 25. or 26 or Thursday 27

author RYLE JOHN
1788

Mr Orford
at Lyme
near Stockport
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Dear Sir
    I recd: yours & note the Contents, If
You can make it convenient to go to Wincle on
Tuesday the 26th. I shou'd be happy to attend you
If you'l be so kind to call on me, I suppose
you'd wish to there as early as possible. so I'll
write to Mr Daintry to give us the meeting
at Wincle Chappel at 11'OClock
    I'm Dear Sir
    Yours Mo Respectfully
    John Ryle
Macclesfield 21 August 1788
[Tuesday, 26 and possibly also 11 appear to have been added later in spaces left originally blank]

author RYLE JOHN
1790

Mr Orford
at
Lyme
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Dear Sir
    Just on receipt of yours Mrs Hancock
arrivd from London and is at Mrs Burchals —
    I informd her with your enquirey, Supposg:
that she might have Something to write you
    Shall be happy to give you meeting ye
Meeting on 2 June and am Dr Sirs
    Yours Mo Respectfully
    John Ryle
Macclesfield 25 May 1790
 

author SANDBACH S
1788

Mr. Richd Orford
Lyme Stockport
Cheshire
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        London June. 14. 1788
Sir
    I Recd your's this Day as also the
Last respecting two Bills 40. & 46 in favour
of Shaw Allinson 19 Apl. at 62 Days the
Bills are neither of them Accptd nor is there
any provision for them in my Hands as
I am over Accptd already will order them as
you have Directed to No 296 Holborn & also
will get them Noted &c — am Sir
    Your Humble Servt
    S. Sandbach

author SCHOLES ROBERT
1771

Mr Orford
    I have Been at the tenants of the late Richard
Plant John Flictcroft has too feilds at 5..5S. per year
which I think is the worth one feild is a_bout one have
Stuble the other have leye he would Sumer work the Stuble
and Sow it with wheat and Plow the other have which I
think may do well the other feild he will pasture and hold
them another year at the Same rent theis is another feild
and I have agree'd [the punctuation here represents a colon suspended in the position of the apostrophe] with the tenant his rent is 1—7S.
John Hopwood will not agree with me but puts me of and
Says he will See you before he plows any and I agree with you
whether he thinks to gain time or what I Can't tell but I
think it is proper that he is tyed or I dout he will use the
place not well if he has his own liberty to do as he thinks
proper I would have you either Come over and See him or Send
a letter to him that he must agree with me if you dont Come
I hope you'l let them ^me^ know when they must liver up the ground
the year following if they have it not and at what times
and to Send me a paper for John Flictcroft and John Hopwood
to Sighn the other tenant don't signefie from yours to Comand
    Robert Scholes
Blackley Jany 25th. 1771
P.S. I would let Hopwood Plow three ..re

author SCHOLES ROBERT
1773

[N.B. the hand is very different from R. Scholes' 1771 letter, although there are some similarities with later letters]

To
Mr. Richard Orford
in How Lane
near
Lyme
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Mr. Richard Orford
Sir
    These fiew Lines serves to Aquaint you that our affairs are at
present settled Amongst, us and I am to have that part of the hall
that is not in the Lease formerley in the posshion of John Royle—
as such make no doubt but your good Nayture will get me a grant
for a Lease of it, so hope this kind hint will Suffice for me if
aney_one should come over about it, so no more from your
Perplexed & Real Wishing & Affectioned Frd. to Comd.
Wn. Can be of aney Service
    Robert Scholes
Blackley jany. 28th. 1773

author SCHOLES ROBERT
1773

To
M~r Richard Orford
in How: Lane near Disley in
Cheshire

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        Manch~r. March 6. 1773
Sir
    The Present Serves to Let you Know
that your Letter and Advice to M~r Ogden in
Regard to Robert Scholes being an Accepted tennant
By you Does not at all Satisfy them as they
Now Declare it will not nor Cannot be Done to
there Satisfaction Without (your Master) M~r— Legh's
Approbation Now in this Case all that I have
to Say is to Desire you will be Kind Enough
to Write to M~r— Legh (as Speedily as you Can at
Old Ogden) but Soo{*} [tear in page] to Desire him to Sign your
Letter in favour of me, and as it will be most
Satisfaction to their unweary Heads your
Oblige^ing^ me in this favour will Confer an
Obligation upon One who begs Leave to
Wish you a Happy Enjoyment of
Many years. from
    Sr
    Your
    Hum~ Servt.
    Robt scholes
PS
Desire I may have
Your Answer as Soon as Possible
 

author SCHOLES ROBERT
1778

To
Mr Richard Orford
Steward at Lyme
Cheshire
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        Blackley Octobr 9th 1778
Sir
    This is To accquaint You That on Wedensday at Night
Last it was a very Wet Night and our Little
Brooks Was Very High Which has Done
Some Damage in The Water Courses which
I ham afraid it Will Do a great Deal More if
it be Not Secured and I Desire You ^would^ Send
me a Line Whether I Must Repair it or No
Before You Come over — — —
    From Your Most Obligeing Humble Servant
    Robert Scholes

author SCHOLES ROBERT
1779

Mr. Richard Orford
at Haydock Lodge
Lanceshire
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Sir
    This serves to advise you their is a Neighbour or Two of
mine wanting to build upon your Mr. Land, provoided th{**}
can Lease upon seasons and as the summer is now for
advansing, should be Glad for your answer to this to no
when I wuld have the Apportinuty to see you Ayether
coming throw Manchester or at Lyme House
    from yours
    Robt. Scholes
Blackley 11 July; 1779
NB Plaise to Direct for me at Dangrous Corner
Manchester

author SCHOLES ROBERT
1779

Mr. Richard Orford
in How Lane
Cheshire
[over the address is written the following comment:]
back to Manchester for better
Directions HL
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Sir
    I recd. yours bearing date the 28 of July. and in answer to it
my Sister does fix to Build in Hunt: Green now I'me at
a Loss how to Act in regard to a fiew Trees for Sister and
the other Two,, should be glad of a Line from you how
to proceed and at the same time could wish to no
if aney_thing is Settled about a Mr. Johnson's
Peapers, so remain waiting yours answer [the following word is crossed out]
    Robert Scholes
Blackley Augst. 5: 1779

author SCHOLES ROBERT
1779

To Mr Richard
Orford in How Lane
Cheshire
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Sir
    James Travis his Building Stands on the
Front 14 Yards one Foot and he Wants
Two Yards More To The Front if he has
Less Behind and My Sister Mary Wants
For ^so to^ have a Road Down the Lane 40 yards
Tard Mr Johnson or Moss House—
and the want Each of Them Some Trees
and I Desire To Give Me a Line Back
By the Bearrer. —
    From Your Huble Servant
    Robert Scholes
    Blackley august 12th 1779

author SCHOLES ROBERT
1781

Mr. Richd. Orford
in How; Lane
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        Blackley Novr. 11: 1781
Dr. Sr.
    This serves to advice you that Yesterday
I recd. a Line from a friend of mine in
London advising mee with the death
of Mr. Langdale, who departed on Thursday
the — day of Oct. now could wish you
not to make aney agreement with aney
person or persons than I see you, for
I make no doupt but their is persons
will Apply, I am going this Instant
to Aquaint Oliver Kay and at the
same time to let Bety Robinson
no, of his death — and then if the
should Apply to you to Lease the
Houses Late belonging to Jno. Royle
but now vecant on the death of
James Langdale, hope youl put them
of than I see you and in so doing
you'l Oblige your most Obet. Hble Servant
to Command Robt. Scholes
NB. Should be glad of a Line from you P~r. the Bearer

author SCHOLES ROBERT
1782

Mr. Richd. Orford
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Sir
    This serves to Aquaint you that Brother JOseph
has made things Agreeable wth. Oliver Widow &
Hannah Tiewson and I have had some talk
with Thos. Travis the Overseer of Blackley
and he says that he had Mr. Jones Opinion
about Widow Robinson and he said that
she must not belong to Blackley it was
is firm belief so remain Yours
    Robt. Scholes
Blackley Jany. 3rd. 1782

author SCHOLES ROBERT
1783

Mr. Richd. Orford
Agent
to Peter Legh Esqr.
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Mr. Orford,, This serves to aquaint you that J~no. Haworth
Esqr. hath been with Mike Hall and he wishes
to no where he could write to Mr. Walker about
the Moss, as such by order of Jno. Haworth Esqr.
and others, have made Inquiry and find he
is at Spring head near Hull Yorkshire, on
the rect. of this wishes you to write to Mr. Hall
that he may no where to direct to Mr.
Walker and in so doing you'l Oblige for
J~no. Haworth Esqr. Yours
    Robert Scholes
Blackley Novr. 29: 1783

author SCHOLES ROBERT
1788

Mr.
Richd Orford
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        Blackley May 22.. 1788..
Mr.. Richd.. Orford
    Sir../ I was took very bad on Sunday Last
of my old Complaint. Mr.. Adamson[there may be s added at the end of this word, or just a smudge of ink. If it is an addition, then it was probably a correction] Agent for Mr Perciful
was with me yesterday and said that he had been
informed that you would come to Blackley on Monday
Morning next to go with him & Mr Jacob Scholes to
the Moss the Gentlemen who are Land surveyors
had told him so who was with us at Carsal Moor..
as the greatest favour you can do for me wish you not
fail comeing on any Acct as I %am in so poor a state
of health and Mr. Jacob Scholes spoke to my friend
Travis to engage a Number of hands to be ready.
on Monday without fail so wish you to give me a
line by Jno. what time you can fix being here that
I may acquaint [the c in this word is lightly crossed out] them with it Mr.. Admison has wrote
to his Master that you will be there so no more
at present from your Friend
    Robt Scholes..

author SEAMAN PETER & CO.
?1777

Mr, Richd, Orford
at Lime
Cheshire
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Mr, Rd, Orford
Sr,
    To order the above is this Day sent to the Canal
& expect will be at Manchester tomorrow—
    From Your Humble Servts,
    Peter Seaman & Co,
The above was Order'd by James Grimshaw—

author NICKSON RALPH
?1781

Mr. Rd: Orford
at Pr.. Legh Esqrs.
Lime
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Mr. Orford
Sir
    The above Crate have
this day forwarded by the Dukes Canal, w[tear in page]
hope will soon be deliver'd to you safe, & the
Contents meet your Approbation, I am for
Messrs.. Peter Seaman &Co—
    Sir Your most obt Serv.
    Ralph Nickson

author FOSTER WILLIAM
?1782

Mr,, Rd,, Orford
Lime
      new page
Sir
    The above are this day forwarded
by the dukes Canal to Manchester, I hope
you will receive them safe & to your entire
approbation . an for Messrs,, Seaman & Co~,,
    Sir,'r Yr. mo. obt, hbl Servt.
    Wm,, Foster

author PORTER W
1785

Mr, Rd, Orford
at Lime
Cheshire
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        Warrington 21 Decr. 1785
Mr. Rd. Orford
Lyme.
    Bou~. of P Seaman &C~
2 Quart flint Square Label'd
Rum & Brandy —}— @ 2/30.4.6
Box —0.0.6
0:5:0
{*}rop w~ 10 {*}
      new page
Sir
    The above are forwar{*...} [page torn]
Jns. Spenser to Manchester. I hope you
will receive them safe & pleas.. I am for
Messrs. Peter Seaman & C~
Sir
    Yr— Mo— ob Servt
W, Porter

author NICKSON RALPH
?1785

Mr: Richd: Orford
at Pr. Leigh's Esqr,
Lime
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[an upper section of this letter has probably been removed, as there are some descenders visible on the remaining page]
M~r,. Orford
    Dr: Sir
    The above are agreeable
to an order recd. from Mr. Grimshaw forwarded
this day P~ Canal to Manchester — which {*} the same
soon safe with You &tc please — & am for P. S. &C
very Respectfully Dr. Sir
    Y~ most obt. Servt:
    Ralph Nickson

author NICKSON RALPH
?1788

Mr. Richard Orford
Lymm
near Stockport
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Mr. Orford
Sir
    Agreeable to your Kind fav~.
have this day forwarded the above P~ old Navigation to
Mancr. which wish safe with You & in every Respect
please — The Death of Mr. Seaman has not alter'd
the firm of the House — as such, hope you'l, when any
Commands address as usual & oblige the Company for
when I am Respectfully
Sir
    Your most ob Serv~
    Ralph Nickson

author SEDDON JOHN
1789

Mr: Orford How lane
near Bullack Smethe
Cheshire
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        Acresbarn 29th May 1789
Sir
    I have Receiv'd your Favoure and am Sorrey to
here you have been lame, if our Meeting will
be conveniant to you I will be at Didsbury on
Munday the Eight day of June Unless I here from
you to the contarary, if that day dose not Shute
you place to Send a line to my Son Will's and
fixx your day and Shall be your humble Servant
    John Seddon.

author SEDDON JOHN
1789

Mr: Orford
Howlean
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        Didsbury June 8th 1789
Sir
    I am Sorrey I had not the pleasure of Meeting
you at the above place but am afread there
has been Sum Mistake, at Receiv'd of this you'l
be ^so^ Cind as to fixx a time when you can Meet
Me, place to give Me a fue days Notis and
Will take Care to Meet you Direct to be left
at My Son Will. Seddon's Manchester
and you Will Much Oblige Your Humble Servt
    John Seddon

author SEDDON JOHN
1789

Mr. R Orford
Near Stockport
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        Acresbarn Novem~: 30th 1789
Sir
    I have Looked over the bill you Sent Me I think we
was [word crossed out here] at two seperat times Six days Looking over the
Township of Didsbury Each three Days at a time and one
day Setling the Books at Stockport Made Seven days Each
then the time you lost at home Setling the lay, that you
Must Make a %seperat charge, Bromily Six days Shueing the
land and one at Stockport Makes him Seven at 17S Pd: 1:15S:0d
R Orford 7 days ........7:7:0
Expencs at norden .....0:4:0
Do: at Stockport......0:11:6
Do: {*} days at home..1:1:0
J Seddon 7 days.........7:7:0
19:6:6
18:5.6

When you Examin the above you May ^make What Oltaration^
[crossing out] you think Right and Send it them but Bromily
Wants to See you to Ask you Sum questions Concerning
the houses that pays house tax When I Saw him he sed
he would [crossing out] Cum over Which am Sir your humble
Servant
    John Seddon



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