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Samuel Wood (Trevalyn) to Sir John Trevor (Little St Bartholomew's, London): '…the lime trees we have set very thin round about the asparagus and we have trenched dung in the cross alleys between the beds so that now (if those cross space were planted) the beds would be all long beds. That space of ground which is undigged of the breadth of the asparagus we are now trenching and mean to set some young trees of some sorts in it as in a nursery to be removed and the rest of that quarter is it which Mr Mardshall would fain set with young trees in the places where they must grow 14 foot asunder as the old ones stood and they are all (he saith) grafted with excellent right pippins and he will bestow them on you if you please. In the spaces between we may plant gooseberries and currant trees which you appoint to come from Plas Teg. The trees in the court between the orchards grow all at the end next the garden and are most aspens, 4 fine young ashes and one old oak whose boughs are decayed and much tottered with the wind. Their roots and shadow do or will much annoy the orchard and yet they help to keep the one orchard and the house warm and free from the stroke of wind, but the orchard next the Lodge they will much annoy therefore I think it would do well to take them all away or to crop that oak all and leave only the 2 great hollies standing (if they). The sycamores in the garden have had all their underboughs shred off heretofore so that there is nothing on them but their top boughs and yet they shadow much allthe garden and their roots under ground hunger the earth much yet (since you will have them stand as yet) I will cause more of their tops to be shredded. Those ashes and trees which grew by the old gallery to the kitchen and those plum trees and elder trees on the other side of the brick wall in the court, I would fain take away for they drop on this side the brick wall and I think if both these were cleared we might get a good wall to plant any of your best things you sent down to be set to walls and might grow there till you begin to build. I beseech you let us know what those are which first came down for we are not able to name them or distinguish them. They have lain in the ground safe till now … and since then we have had such exceeding wet and stormy weather that we durst not meddle with setting them and it still continues wet only we set your cowslip and the other roots … and the woodbine with them up to the end of the kitchen wall where the rosemary grows and I think they grow very well in the warm sun. We think Owen's boy will serve you for a gardener. He can read pretty well and write a little which will soon be bettered. He desires the place and can graft and inoculate already. And in the mean time for the present we have found a pretty young man one Prince's son of the ?Geddyn but he is now at Plas Newydd with my Lady …'; a long discussion of the state of negotiations with Nicholas Lloyd about the purchase of his house and lands and his latest offer; progress of thebrickmakers' work and his negotiations with them; a likely new curate 'he preached in the afternoon at the chapel on Sunday last to the liking of all the congregation as I believe, only Sir Thomas Powell and his son came not though warning were given in Gresford at Morning Prayer. The vicar came and heard him and doth desire him by me to preach the next Sunday morning at the church which I think he will do. All my fear is that we shall not find him a house fit for him, his wife and mother … both Mr Langford and myself have told him how conformable he must be (because being a stranger to us he might haply presume unfavour that way) but he (as yet) gives us good trust that he will be tractable that way. If he prove so I doubt not of his honest behaviour and abilities and he will teach some scholars also. He will be well contented of £20 p.a. … he would fain have a house in a private place. The green is a lewd place and the ?rowine so/too strait?, the house at Marford too large and dear a rent, the Lodge I dare not think of. He will give £3 p.a. for a private house out of his £20 and if Mrs Lloyd will have more for hers I think we must help it out amongst us...'


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