Samuel Wood (Trevalyn) to Sir John Trevor (Cannon Row, Westminster): sends £100 and will try soon to send more but 'moneys are not to be raised by any country commodity and corn, cattle and wool rather fall than rise'; widow Crewe's inability to pay what she owes; Mr Trevalyn and Mr Weston have broken off negotiations to the former's dismay and the writer thinks he will not be able to find another buyer in time so sets out the position in case recipient is forced to accept his property in lieu of his mortgage debt; the surveyor has drawn plans of several properties including 'the house and demesnes on the NE side Chester way, another of Rofft y Castle and that on the other side, a third of the Lon[or ?w]grounds, a fourth of Marford and Hoseley, a fifth of Gresford and a sixth of Hafod y Weddgar which riseth to 207 acres and I look for Mr Colly to treat with him about it. Those in Burton, Allington and Llay are all measured but cannot all be plotted they lie so dispersed Gwersyllt only and 2 in Burton are unmeasured. All in Flintshire (except Mold town) are plotted or measured but the plots are all in white paper as yet and no colours Gwersyllt and Holt shall stay till summer or spring. The house in Holt I wrote of is John ap Edward's and stood at the end of Harry Price's between it and Dee. He is a poor man but honest tenant and cannot build it of himself but will do what he can to help to re-edify it if he had timber '; ' for Nicholas Lloyd's seat in the church our agreement is this that if you please you are to have his best seat in Estyn church for a new made kneeling on the other side of that church and a pew (or room in a pew) sufficient for 2 kneelings in Gresford. I see none so likely as Richard Randles' which is at a pillar on the south side of the north aisle somewhat low in the church, if he be willing to part with it, it being anciently belonging to that house. That next the north doors he will not accept and Kynaston's and all the rest are in better places especially now that the pulpit is to be removed so that it will more respect the south side of the church than it did'; Mr Thomas Lloyd is trying to mortgage his best meadow grounds to Ri' Boult; 'your vines (13 in one bundle and 4 in the other) came to me on Thursday night late and put them myself into the very banki where they are to be set to which (the ground being much lower than the floor of the porch of the new buildings by above a yard and the ground along the wall near the house being base gravel and rubbish) I was forced to carry mould to the one wall to raise it a yard high and 1 yard and ½ broad of the best old and dry mould I could find and to empty out the base mould at the other wall and fill it as high as the other with the same good mould so that now it is done I presume there is not fitter soil in all the country for such plants to spread their roots in. Many of the plum stocks and cherry stocks you sent down prove very small. The peaches set last year are green leaved still but I know they have no sap in them'; 'the bricklayers are still murmuring for 2 things only, the one because they have not allowance for cutting the watertable, the other because they say you promised them work this winter and another year and have it not. I have found the strength of their argument for the former to lie in this that although (implicitly) they are to make a watertable else cannot make the wall according to the articles yet there is no express words in them to tie them to cut that table and where there is no expression of cutting there they use to make it by laying a back slope for a table and no more. They have this day been mad in running up to you again but I have stayed them and offered them such labour work as I had...'
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