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Samuel Wood (Trevalyn) to [Sir John Trevor]: explains John Trevalyn's coming up to London and the current state of his attempts to sell his property; 'you are pleased to allow dung for the sowing of Cae fedwen because you will not use (you say) much dung this year (except a barrowful to every tree). Now I have found by experience that nothing is more hurtful to a tree than dung to come near her root until it be so rotten that it cease to be dung and become earth but I think you need not to provide any such for trees for I am confident we shall find old black earth enough mellow and good to set about all your trees but I mean to preserve and save one good share of the old dung to trench under in your plots and set flowers on them after and if your kitchen garden were set out that were the way to use it now long before you use it but I hope the dung will yield as good profit in Cae Fedwen and if all the old tenants to Maes Gwyneth could find enough to muck it I would let that to be so ploughed and mucked but they have it not …'; 'the garden plot begins to look somewhat near level already by bringing ground from the higher part to the lower (which was that before the new hall within the old brick wall). The other part riseth and must be abated and until it be digged over the roots and stones will never be gotten out nor be made fit for trees to be planted in but where the plot comes I mean for the present to purge no more of it of roots and stones than where the trees must be planted and the rest may be done aftereward. Now the great ashes be down I think the wall next the Lodge spring (which is the south east wall) will be excellent for vines and better than some part of the wall (which is north west but respects the south west and south sun) 21 vines are set at 9 foot distance on that wall and the wall next the spring and they reach from the corner of [the] house to the breach left for the gate there and a peach is to be set between every of them as your letter directeth. 17 of these came from you and 4 from the brewhouse chimney. Now Mr Marshall would have vines more sent down to furnish but the wall next the spring from the breach or gate place to the corner next the Lodge. A plot of the gardens and orchards how they run bias one to another I can not now prepare on this sudden having also spent the day in waiting on my Lady at Chester who sent to me to speak with me chiefly about helping her to a maid in nurse's place who has gone away in discontent and I cannot get her such a one as will fit her as yet for she would have her to take charge of her household goods there and to look to all her other business and she tells me much of the household goods especially bedding are much decayed and requires me tocome to Plas Teg to take an inventory …her ladyship tells me she hath recerived all her stuff from you and Mr Trevor except the 2 pair of shoes and 2 pair of galoshes which she hears nothing of but fears they are lost …'; 'the pulpit is removed at Mr Vicar's request that it may be larger and stand a little higher but it will not enlarge Sir Thomas Powell's pew a jot yet whereas now one part of the pulpit hangs over into his pew and so lets not a man sit full to the south end of it now it will be removed (as they shew me) more into the reading pew and so he may then sit (without any let) to the uttermost end of his pew but he doth not otherwise enlarge it. And as for your pew it was long since enlarged according to the decree and doth reach to the entrance into the chancel already …'; 'Sir my wife puts me in mind of those 5 turkey work cushions bought at Chester when you were here (one of them being sent up for a pattern) and of these 6 of the same work which you bade me try if I could get any more made which I did and cheaper han the other'; asks if he wants these cushions sent up or to remain there as his wife fears moths may get at them if they are not used; his continued negotiations with the vicar over some property transaction; a freeholder named Jones has offered to sell his farm next to Leeswood Farm to recipient but the writer did not like the terms or title so declined it but the man is not satisfied and wants an answer from Sir John himself; 'the garden peas were most eaten. My lady and good friends here had them yet we have of them 3 or 4 quarts but they be mingled and no doubt but new seed will prosper better than this'; comments on his dealings with Mrs Brereton for whom he feels sorry 'for she is cast off quite at her father-in-law's and her husband comes seldom to her nor she to him and her father doth so threaten her and exclaim on her that I fear she will be destitute of friends and means shortly unless some friend have an eye to her and she goes from one friend to another and rests nowhere and indeed I much doubt her brain receives harm … her father would compel her to live at Borras and she will not I fear be broguth so to do contentedly and, if not, her father threatens to use the power (he saith) is in him to restore the land to Mr Owen Brereton's power and claim by destroying their estate and leave [?her] and child to his mercy and pleasure…'; refers to matters relating to the collection of duty on coal at Liverpool - 'Liverpool owners now begin to offer since Christmas, 2 of them do openly deny to pay any impost money for coals (the subsidy they pay) and the ground of their denial is some letter that is sent down by one of the town and some of them at the custom house seemed to enquire after your grounds and to require to see that. I presume there is no prohibition made as yet...'

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