Samuel Wood (Chester) to Sir John Trevor (Cannon Row, Westminster): concerning the assessments to be used for calculating subsidy payments, including the comment that they were based on land values because 'few in these parts are assessed by their goods'; recipient's name had been queried and writer had answered that his uncle's lands in Denbighshire had never been assessed and the commissioners were 'half minded to spare you there yet I find a great inclination to have you assessed in Denbighshire. I think the Commissioners will not much press it now but some of the assessors will and there will be two companies of assessors one for the 2 first subsidies and another for the later '; has not heard anything yet about the assessments in Flintshire but writer expects recipient will be assessed in both counties; 'we have so much asparagus that all the ground and dung we have will not receive it. My lady Trevor requires a good quantity of it. It is backward enough in sprouting especially the young plants sown last year. I think we must leave those that grow thinnest to grow till the next year for we are not able to compass the setting of them nor to find fit ground nor dung for them '; Mr Weston is very keen to buy John Trevalyn's property; 'Morris the butcher, your tenant of the 4 plains had his platt which he made there to carry his sheep out of the lane over the ditch into the plains was cut down the last year and I have been assured by many old men that Sir Richard had (sometimes) a platt there for his use because he would not go over ? meadow with his cattle and indeed in that time it would spoil it and the plains have been arable and pasture grounds not meadows only and such a way for driving cattle to and from it it could not want and the lane which leads towards Radley from other the low grounds from Allington is the usual drift and carriageway thither and joins to the plains in the upland where the platt was laid and cut down. The ditch is your own and by all rules one foot of ground belongeth to most ditches more than the very breadth of the ditch '; writer therefore recommends erecting a new platt and, if it cut down again, going to court about it; gives details of various shipowners who have been exporting coal without paying duty; ' the trenchermaker hath looked on the sycamores and finds them begin to speck already at the ends. I cannot tell here the exact number of them but I am confident they are above 20 but some are small. I think they will make 20 gross of trenchers if they be made square and not over large. The firs will be the better for their trenchering I hope for they did not prosper well here '; ' your laurestines do prosper and all things else but arbour vitae and we have had ? flower, the purple primrose and others and the eminies [?anemones] now put up above 40 young ? here and the tulips to begin to double in their leaves...'
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