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Samuel Wood (Trevalyn) to Sir John Trevor (Cannon Row, Westminster): discusses John Trevalyn's debts and his hopes of paying them; his dealings with the vicar over his holdings; John ap Edward ap Ellis, recipient's old field keeper, is dead and was so poor he had nothing worth taking for a herriot and his house is almost falling down; 'a great part of Mr Mostyn's house is fallen this wind and the rest stands so that one would be afraid to dwell in it. John Edwards desires me to write to Mr Mostyn to allow him money out of the rent and he will see it built and cries out on Mr Mostyn for his hardness and carelessness in letting it go to ruin thus …'; asks recipient's advice about this; promises to send certain legal documents and accounts; 'the garden plot is now almost cleared of all trees and brought well towards a level but wants a great deal of labour yet to be done to it before it be fit for a gardener to plant trees in it but by the next week's end after the plot is come, I hope it will. I hear Robert the bricklayer hath written to you again about something, if it be the watertable or the carriage of water. The mortar they made and used at last and the last part of the watertable is so ill (both) in respect of the first they did that they can deserve nothing though it had been promised. They did so smooth and rub it and the wall and so joint it that then the illness of the mortar or joints could not be discerned. Now winter makes it apparent how ill the mortar was made and tempered and how carelessly the table bricks were cut and chosen (and laid too) but this is not much (yet appearing) and towards the top of the wall and they are a little ashamed of it and say that in the end of March they can make it good by pointing and picking out all soft and cracked bricks and put in others. He imputes if to limestone that is burnt within some of the bricks that makes them swell and break but it is plain carelessness in choosing them and making the mortar but I will (as you do direct) keep a good correspondence with them till I have gotten them to work and I think they shall have work in Chester and at Darland (the new bought house) this next summer … Reece is afraid to send up his son to Hugh Ellyn (your letter calls him Henley) for the brickmakers have told him that they found him very poor and little or nothing in his house, but your care you mentioned of him to put him into the King's Ships doth much encourage him …'; writer thanks recipient for his help regarding the coal imposts adding 'but though I am much bound to you … yet I thank God these uncertain worldly things have not much troubled me (as to my own particular) but I am much more sorry if they should fall heavy on you (which I hope they will not in the end) for his Majesty is a just King and I hope the Parliament will be so too and wise withal …'; 'The Lord … grant us all wisdom to use the world as though we used it not and to set our hearts on our treasures in heaven' [small sketch of the garden on reverse].

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