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Samuel Wood (Trevalyn) to Sir John Trevor (Little St Bartholomew's, London): … a letter had gone astray so preparations for Sir John's arrival are not as advanced as he would have liked as he had not known when to expect him, 'only I have made the little stable fit I hope for your 3 horses and the great one for grass horses and hay and oats there is sufficient, and I have laid into the buttery 4 or 5 barrels of Chester beer a fortnight ago… and more I will provide speedily either from Chester or Mr Forsters (which some think not to be so good) and this shall be ready for your use … As for coals I thought to have had 10 or 12 loads home for my winter's provision ere now but the damp came into the pits and hindered the getting of them … and had but one load home, but here are coals enough at the Lodge which may be used … the widow hath a brother will be ready to serve you as a cook … I have repaired the bedsteads in all the chambers in the gallery which were far out of repair and if my Lady will furnish you with bed curtains, sheets, etc. for the 2 best chambers (which I am now going to know and be sure of) then I doubt not but out of the beds at the Lodge we shall find enough for all other beds. And 2 other bedsteads I have set in order in the corner chamber next the Lodge and the [?matted] chamber adjoining to it which may be for those servants which lie nearest about you and the rest may have lodging in the other room below in the parlour being a ground chamber and in the old house, our greatest want and trouble will be curtains and valance, etc. … You are mistaken in the situation of the chambers for there is no chamber over against the wainscot chamber but yours and Mr Feilder's will be both of one side and 2 other against Mr Feilder's which was used and is to be hanged with the hangings if my lady do not furnish you with linens or with 2 beds yet I believe I shall find means of them. Ashes and furniture for the latrine will be the greatest want. The time is too short and the grass too long grown for buying and keeping of wethers but I intend to deal with your tenant Morris for muttons … on Sunday night last the Lodge was broken and all the locks and trunks and all the goods tumbled abroad but none missed but only your uncle's pocket pistol and a little piece of kersey and glannyn[?] and although I forthwith caused 2 of the workmen to lie in the Lodge yet on Thursday night last there came some again about the Lodge attempting to come in and the people therein called about midnight and then help coming the other fled but could not be taken or known…'; matters relating to various tenants, collection of rents, etc.; he will have to go to London for a few days and expects them to meet somewhere on the route.


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