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Samuel Wood (Trevalyn) to Sir John Trevor (Little St Bartholomew's, London): the brickmaker has written a long letter to recipient requesting tools and moulds to be sent and that they should be 'reduced to the London scantling' or the bricks will not be so good; writer has made ready the rooms in the Lodge for the brickmaker and his company and for the Cheshire brickmakers. Edward saith they are to have all their beds provided for them (except sheets)'; he has agreed to buy the property for widow [Joinson] and gives the terms but what troubles her is that 'the house (set up) is but bare walls thatched and although she be offered to have it made up for 20s yet she thinks that much will go hard with her … but… she did resolve to adventure on it …'; Critchley's daughter is claiming some building charges; 'the pew Nicholas will not promise me to part with all but by exchange for some other seat of yours in some other place in the church less convenient to the pulpit. He affirms he never promised to part with it in regard his son hath other lands in the parish where he now means to settle him'; financial arrangements with Lady Tirringham and Nicholas Lloyd; 'both orchards are stocked (except only a few pear trees in the nearer next to the barns) and the long trees in the court are down which must be very well levelled and then there will be a pretty depth of soil. I think we shall find the best and deepest soil in the further end of the orchard next the Lodge. It looks black and fine. I have 60 pear stock come and they must stand in a nursery three years yet at least and I hope the garden will be now open to the sun and fit to make them a nursery on that side which will be out of the builders' way. Mrs Worden the last week sent Sir Richard Grosvenor's gardener to take up her asparagus and I stood by him and he found much of it utterly spoiled with the wet and stiff soil about the roots of it for that great thickness ofmuck laid under it is shrunk to nothing and the ground about the roots of it is cold and wet and stiff clay. He hath given his opinion how to order the rst of it and for that purpose I have laid 60 loads of good short dung at that orchard door (within the park) to be wheeled in with barrows and buried and mingled with the earth to see if it will be made higher and fitter for use'; Whitoff has not yet come about the mills but other Cheshire men have been but do not like the terms; writer's friend may still be interested 'but the reparation of the mills and the way to Holt are 2 principal matters to make the mills valuable, so would a kiln be'; will try to send up a ?fountain and 'another side of Hopley bacon fed with mash which my wife is persuaded will eat better than this side which you will I hope receive by Leech and is sent from Trevalyn… and was fed here for I bought the swine of the widow and fed them myself and in the judgement of Robert ap Ellis and others it was commended before some larger bacon which I thought to have bought in the neighbourhood, only my wife fears her maid hath oversalted it …'; writer has given his wife charge of recipient's fowl and she is having the carpenter make pens and coops for them; has been to see Randles' tenement in Llay and values it at £20 but has been 'promised by an old friend of mine in Shropshire (who is a plotter [surveyor]) that he will come over shortly and plot all your lands as you desire'; '… I have bespoke also a dam maker at the spring to make the ponds there but I think they will be but little things and breed but little store of fish'; has delivered recipient's uncle's letter to John Wright; news of his negotiations with Mr Lewis and writer's view that the property should be reorganized to provide fewer and larger holdings notmore smaller ones; Griffies is still hoping to sell him his lands; difficulties serving a writ on Mr Powell; John Trevalyn's affairs and possible dealings with Mr Gregory.

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