Samuel Wood (Trevalyn) to Sir John Trevor (Little St Bartholomew's, London): has received various letters and papers; ' the trees on the west side the asparagus are those old ashes which grow by the walk which have been cropped and half of them are hollow and dead and the other will be shortly yet I never meant to do any otherwise with them but to crop them again though if they were removed a new hedge might well be planted in the place which never will be till they are gone. In digging the rest of that quarter by the asparagus we find their roots are come half as far into the quarter as the middest of the asparagus and have so barrened it (which was as base ground before as ever I saw in an orchard) that I wonder how the trees could live there so long for (except only the top of that ridge where the trees stood) the soil isnot above 3 inches deep before we meet with a base clay and gravel in which nothing can live. I cause them to mingle good and bad together and yet I think we must carry better earth to iy or else none of those things will prosper there which you appoint to be planted there. I believe some of the birches growing in the northeast side of this orchard must be cropped or cut for they hang quite over that walk and will annoy the plants on that side but this may be hereafter done. That walk (now full of plum trees and other decayed trees) reaching from the garden door to the park I do conceive is to be cleared for part of the kitchen garden must be there '; difficulties in getting the brickmen to agree to the terms recipient suggests and writer's opinion that he cannot try to get others so late in the year; these brickmen will try to burn with coal if he can give them full directions how to do it; predicts 200,000 bricks will be needed for the proposed wall; has been informed the usual rate for bricklaying a wall is 2s..6d per thousand or 8d the square yard and that 'most bricklayers hereabouts are either botchers or slight workmen who if they be not heeded hourly will spend the mortar and mar the wall'; has heard of a Londoner who had made excellent brick about Ellesmere 6 years ago and used coal well so he intends to try to get hold of him; lime to be bought costs 6d a bushel which is 4 levelled Winchester measures or 3 Wrexham old measures; is still enquiring about where to obtain the best coal slack as he understands it differs widely; reports the coping stone at Plas Teg to be too narrow for the brick wall as it is only 11½ inches wide and 10 inches high and it needs to be 15 inches wide; further negotiations with Nicholas Lloyd; ' there is much labouring for Sir Roger Mostyn's son to be the Knight (already) I will warn your tenants forthwith as you direct me '; legal business; ' I have the note of the plants you first sent but we cannot distinguish them by it one from another by their names'; 'I forgot to acquaint you by my last letters that in the ?weaven is 25 beasts' grass. Sir Thomas Powell for Hoseley 5, his son for Allington 6½, Mr Sutton for Mr Puleston 10, the widow Lloyd 2 and your tenant Jenkyns 1½ and the keeper 2 but it is a coarse pasture being used as it is, for the keeper's is supernumerary and he lets in more and over? it and it is often overflowed '; 'Mr Roden's lands were once bargained for by Mr Vicar Lloyd for the Lord Bishop for £1340 but I hear they are broken off about a piece of building or a matter of £10 value. Roger Griffies' wife haunts me daily to lay out 8 score pounds on their lands by Mr Forster's. It is worth £16 p.a. in possession and lies very convenient and are not of the basest kind of cottages. I have answered her negatively 5 or 6 times yet still am pressed by her and Richard Bolt and Robert ap Ellis to enter into it and the rather because Mr Forster would fain be so doing if she would agree to it '; 'our curate we hoped to enjoy hath preached to us 3 Sabbath days and now is gone. He was feared away because they thought he would not conform nor I think he would not (fully) and how far I know not but I found he could not be suffered to stay here. I presumed to give him 6s..8d and Mr Sheriff and his wife a crown and more (I believe) towards his charge home again. I know not if any one else gave him anything. He was very thankful for ours and I wish he would have conformed'; has had an application from a man who offers himself to recipient as a butler and caterer; his plans for fetching better soil to the orchsrd and the acquisition of a tumbrel for the purpose; further comments on a boy aged 19 who would be willing to serve recipient for 8 years; 'Mr Marshall prays you to send him down some slips of your vine at St Bartholomew's or any other good vine and to send some fullain and Windsor or any other early peas to be set in any place here you please and some to be bestowed on himself in lieu whereof he will let you be furnished with bush peas and ?rominvalles from him and with red and garden beans. I pray you send us word how thick the rows of currants, gooseberries and strawberries and in what forms they are to be set and whether the places where the trees must stand must be left void or whether it must be all in walks between the rows or whether the whole (besides the banks) must be a nursery only. We think that if you would give leave and graft all the crab trees in the pear orchard hedge and let them grow till they may be removed it will be the best nursery you can have of that kind and then to plant a new hedge in the ? of the ? only which will be worth 10 of this and I believe there be stocks enough for you without any other help and stand better than in any nursery to prosper...'
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