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Samuel Wood (Chester) to Sir John Trevor, MP (Cannon Row, Westminster): has heard that the hangings they left in Conwy Castle for safety are ready for him to fetch them but 'Colonel Carter adviseth me to stay till he himself be there lest any soldiers should be unruly for the General and Colonel Carter both do think the soldiers will be much discontented at their going away unless they have some manner of sum of money as a gratuity not as a redemption … I do believe we shall not have the Colonel to go over till after the treaty at Holt which is to be 4 December. In the mean time your friends were a little dissettled concerning the ordinary report by every gentleman of the better sort in the county that either Mr M. was to be the Knight and yours the burgess or that it would be left to themselves and the votes of the gentlemen and freeholders so that every friend began to muster up their forces for you as many as did stand for Mr J.T. to be Knight and Sir Evan and Mr Eyton and Mr Roger H. and others thought fit so to do until this day that I came at the request of Mr Sheriff to give way that he might have the writ for the burgess that he might make the mandamus to the burgesses to prepare to the business of the burgess against the County day declaring himself freely that Sir Thomas had accepted that place for his son and that the other was left for yours, so that all your friends, Mr Eyton, Mr Yonge and others and Mr Hanmer too are all satisfied of the fair carriage of the business in that manner and therefore have almost resolved to labour little for bringing many freeholders for the Knight's election but to leave it to the gentlemen of quality and so save charges of entertainment at the election. But yet this is not fully resolved till they see Mr Trevor who is earnestly looked for and that he will be here this night or tomorrow, if not they know not what the gentlemen may do for or against a man that will not appear at his election, though Mr Eyton thinks it no great matter if he be absent so that there be no underhand dealing for another to have the place which he thinks is now cleared …'; they are very keen to have the under-sheriff and bailiffs sworn in as the Sheriff cannot do much until they are; has thanked Mr Thomas Edwards for 'his care and pains about the hangings' but thinks the General and Colonel Carter did more and were exceedingly friendly, the General particularly as he is allowing them to be taken back without the writer having to pay a penny as is Colonel Carter whilst Mr Edwards 'stands still upon having some gratuity for the soldiers though but the 5th and 10th part of the value put on them which was £10; requests directions what to do with these hangings and other goods at Plas Teg and Trevalyn; Sir Thomas Eyton still desires to lease Plas Teg but is in no hurry and would be willing to have some rooms excepted and reserved for recipient's use and in that case the hangings could safely remain there; matters concerning the mill and opposition to taking it down 'the mill grinds still and they give out you will in pity and favour of the widow and her children let it go still …'; 'Sir, we agree not about setting the trees in the lawnt, That piece is too long for its breadth and when 2 rows of trees are set 14 yards distant one from another one either side the way, then that ground left between each of those rows and the hedges will not be above 16 or 17 yards in breadth and so the ground being of such a length it will look like 3 lanes and no more. But I move it thus: that the lower end of the lawnt be cut off at the rising ground and the upper part of the ground next the little court be made as a base court with 2 rows of trees and the lower part below the ?paling next the gate be laid open to the lane as a large and void place before the gate for coaches to turn in or horses to walk in or such like and to be set with trees of elm or walnut or poplar or any other green or other trees (not to answer the rows) but towards the sides round about but however they are about planting the upper part with trees first and ere that be perfected your further pleasure may be known what is to be done to your best liking in that and in the setting of the pines and firs in the cross line at the end of the little court and for felling those young well-grown sycamores which grow in the sides of the little court which are not yet grown to be timber'; cannot tell him the price of pewter until he goes to Chester where he has not been since Lady Trevor's death; details letters received addressed to others; 'there is a petition framed by some freeholders in Holt and the bailiffs there for getting ease of their chief rents for this one year's rent now demanded. Their ground will be for that their houses are burnt or taken down and therefore (besides their losses that way) they are unable to make any benefit almost at all partly for want of houses for men to dwell in, partly by the means of the leaguer there so long, partly for that they are much impoverished by both parties long since and of late. Now your tenants' houses being burnt also or taken down they would fain have me join with them and so procure your appearance in the business but I mean to be cautious in it and think it not fit that your name should be used in it, the matter also being so small that concerneth you, your rent being but not above 22s or thereabouts at a day, about 44s or 45s in that year …'; 'The pewterers here will not yield to give above 11d a lb for pewter though it be London pewter. I will enquire if any private person will give more'.

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