Letters from John Hill to his brother, Hon Richard Hill
- Document Reference: 112/1B/10/1-109
- System Reference: X112/1/3/10
- Level: Item
- Date: 1700-1716
- Description: Reporting on the Hawkstone estate, including the building of the new Hawkstone Hall; on the very beginning of the building of Tern Hall and the death of Robert Hill; and on arrangements for the late Robert Hill's daughters. Also copies of wills, bonds and deeds.
The extracts below are intended to focus on family matters and work on the buildings at Hawkstone. Content not mentioned tends to relate to property transactions. Throughout this period there was a programme of purchases and exchanges aimed at the consolidation and expansion of the exisisting holdings in north Shropshire. Towards the end there is also talk of copper ore.
/1 4 Nov 1700: "I went this day to Hodnet by our father's order to Sir Richard Vernon for a rent roll of his estate, but had none, for he says he has altered his resolution of mortgaging again but proffers to sell to any that give most the reversion of Peplow, Bolas, Moston, and Longford and hopes to keep all Hodnet. Our father seems to very indifferent in treating with him about any of these places and thinks you will not care he should, by reason these lands are are all in lease and yield but little [?] profit ..."
/2 2 Dec 1700: "I have underwritten sent you a copy of our father's will and do desire to know whether you will have an inventory made and sent up or whether you will please to come down to see it done and to settle your concerns. ..."
/3 22 Dec 1700
/4 31 Dec 1700
/5 17 Jan 1700/01: "... I will as speedily as I can get as much brick and other materials in readiness as will serve for so much building as you mention, and I will send you a draft next week from as able and [?] a workman as any you have at London. ..."
/6 25 Jan 1700/01: "I have sent you a draft of the building you propose to be done at Hawkstone, the charge of which although you have timber of your own, the workman says will amount to near 300. ? Brother Robert will send you a draft of his house next post and an account of the charge he will be at."
/7 7 Feb 1700/01: "... I bought all the building this week of Captain Corbett for 20 whcih belonged to the Stone Farm ... The building will be of use for Rowland Burrey's (?Burrowes') tenement, for his barn is lately fallen down to the ground ... The barn which I bought of the Captain stands by the street side and hides your house so that it cannot be seen at that end of the town till come past it. But I am pulling it down for Rowland Burrey's use...."
/8 24 Feb 1700/01: "... I have begun to make brick of the clay in the Cooks Lane which the workmen say will make as good as any in the county, and I have employed masons to get hearth stones, quoins and [?] tables, and timber is preparing so that I shall begin to pull down the old building to the entry in the beginning of May ..."
/9 11 Mar 1700/01: "... Brother Robert is at a stand about the house at Atcham by reason he has not his health. He is at present brought very low with a diarrhoea which he has had for 3 weeks but now it abates and Dr Hollins thinks he will recover."
/10 22 Mar 1700/01: "... Brother Robert is in a very hopeful way of recovery and begins to go abroad again and will go on with the house now at Atcham. I hope he will have better health there than he has had at Salop ..."
/11 12 Apr 1701: "... My wife says I am the father of a daughter. She was brought to bed a week since and is now as well for the time as can be expected and so is the child. Brother Robert is much better than he has been and rides every day to see how the building goes on. When my wife can come out of her chamber I will order the workmen to come take down part of Hawkstone House."
/12 28 Apr 1701: "I received yours of the 16th and observe what you say about the height of the rooms and will order the workmen to make them higher than they intended. I shall have all materials in readiness in a short time. The carpenters begin to pull down the next week..."
/13 6 May 1701: "... I have given order to the carpenters to make the roof so that the rain which falls may come into a pipe and fall into a cistern either into the garden or orchard. The cellars likewise shall be full as long as the building and arched over, and paved with our brick which proves to be very good and so does the tile which is making for the cover of the house. There is no good slate to be had but what is 20 miles off in Wales. ... Brother Robert is now very ill again. He has begun the house at Atcham but I fear he cannot live to see it finished."
/14 21 May 1701: "... The hall parlour and buttery with the chambers over them are taken down and the cellars are sinking. This wet weather hinders the brick makers and other workmen from going on so fast as they should. Brother Robert grows very weak [and] is gone from Salop to part of the vicarage house at Atcham for the benefit of the air. I see very small hopes of his recovery."
/15 5 Jun 1701: "The enclosed paper is a copy of Brother Robert's will, only the preamble not in it. His estate in land at Poynton and in Cheshire is 180 per annum besides a house in Salop which he lately purchased worth 8 per annum where I believe my sister [in law] and the children will live..." "...I will send in my next the particulars of what Brother Robert discussed at Atcham. Brother Harwood will go on with the house, and when finished go live there. Our sister has not her health at Salop pays dear for a house in the country."
/16 18 Jun 1701: "According to your order [I] have sent your first draft which we purpose to go by. If you do not like so well of the second which Cousin Hill sent up, I have sent another of the same that you may still pitch on which you approve on best ..."
/17 25 Jun 1701: "I ... have told the carpenter Mr Broughton that he must go according to the first design, and he will observe your order in it. He says the first story now can be but 13 foot high by reason the stairs are already framed, the second story will be the same height, the garrets will be 8 foot and a half. The sash windows will be 8 foot 9 inches high and 4 foot 9 inches wide from cut to cut. ... I will prove Brother Robert's [will] next court at Shrewsbury and take out letters of administration ..."
/18 11 Jul 1701: "I ... did send to the joiner who lives near Drayton to send by Mr Husband the intended model and the dimensions of his wainscot and panels, also the size and number of the glass panels which will be used. I have bought very good oak for the frames of the sash windows and will be sure to get the best that is for the wainscot of the lower rooms. I hear that marble chimney pieces may be had in Wales and I will see about them. The chimneys will have no timber in them but be arched with brick. If you send any glass down it will come safe by Thomas Chatterton of Prees who inns at the Castle and Falcon in Aldersgate Street. I suppose Mr Husband has been with you before now and shown you the joiner's dimensions of the panels for the wainscot and glass. If you do not approve of them I desire you will be pleased to send a model down from London..."
/19 26 Jul 1701: More on window glass and wainscoting.
/20 2 Aug 1701: Tenants of Peplow estate to pay their rent to Richard Hill in future. "I will do my endeavour to get a very acceptable present for the Earl of Rochester of fish, fowl and venison. I think I can have a very good buck from Oately Park . I will enquire when his excellency is to be at Whitchurch that it may be sent thither against his coming."
/21 8 Aug 1701: "... I shall have a good present of fish and fowl for the Lord Rochester. Sister Harwood has promised to help me to Severn salmon and Heath game and I have a promise of partridge and pheasants from one who makes it his business to take them. We have young turkeys feeding at home, and we have pigeons at this time. If I cannot have all these things and plenty of them I shall send nothing. But I do not doubt but they will be had. I should be glad to know the day that his excellency will be at Whitchurch that I may have them in readiness..."
/22 13 Aug 1701: The Vernon mortgage etc.
/23 18 Sep 1701: "I ... am more concerned than you can be about my disappointment of the things I designed for the Lord Rochester. I could not possibly doe what I did purpose to my content. The building is now up and the roof is in and I hope it will be covered in less than 6 weeks. I have 3 tons of lead to come from Chester next week and as soon as the plumber has laid the gutters etc. the tilers will begin. I have laths and tile enough in readiness. The sash frames are almost all finished and I will get the windows glazed as soon as the glass comes... I did plant all the Robins Yard the last year with apple and pear trees, and I have thought, after St Michael to enclose (if you think well of it) some of the Dowhouse Yard, I mean that part betwixt the barns and the dung and to plant it with apple and cherry trees. I know not how to enlarge the garden, it being walled with a high brick wall."
/24 29 Oct 1701: "I ... will cause a walk to be made on the top of the orchard which is by the dung side and will get a holly hedge set before it. One of yew will be longer than a holly one before it come to anything and not so apt to grow..."
/25 11 Nov 1701: Tilers done, plumbers finishing, wainscoting in progress.
/26 22 Nov 1701: More on sashes, wainscoting, also tree planting in the garden.
/27 14 Dec 1701: "I have had the opinion of the masons and gardeners concerning the walk along the dung side and they say it will cost more than 20 to make one in that place. The stone which must be cut there will be useless by reason of the softness of it. If you please I will set about it when the days are longer..." Election of knight of the shire at Shrewsbury. "Sister Harwood desires me to acquaint you that Mr Wingfield of Preston [Brockhurst] who is a very worthy gentleman and has an estate of near 1000 per annum has sent to her since I last wrote to you to desire our Niece Atcherley for his eldest son who has been at Oxford and is now about coming to live at home. She highly approves of it, and so [do I]."
/28 20 Dec 1701: "... The enclosed came to me this week from Madam [Jane] Gardner of Sansaw. I hope you will excuse my sending it up to you. Her son [Thomas] is a very hopeful young man, was 3 or 4 years at Sidney College in Cambridge before he went to the Temple. I should be very glad if it were in your way to do him any kindness."
/29 30 Dec 1701: Jellicoe land in Marchamley; Thomas Harwood's negotiations with [Thomas] Wingfield for his son [Borlase] to marry their niece [Anne Harwood]; a basket of chestnuts has arrived and will be planted; wainscoting etc. to be completed by Ladyday; linen purchased, but difficult to find in winter as bleaching cannot take place.
/30 24 Jan 1701/2: A plan of the house will be sent shortly.
/31 4 Feb 1701/2: Paving Cook's Lane etc. Has sent the plan of the whole house. "I shall be very glad if Brother Price will succeed Mr Jones at Hodnet. The parish will be well pleased with him ..."
/32 17 Feb 1701/2: "I have received yours of the 7th and did acquaint the carpenter that you did dislike the plan of the house which I sent up by Mr Husbands, so he has drawn another which I now send, and he thinks you cannot but approve of it, there being no jetts out in it but very regular. ..."
/33 2 Mar 1701/2: Chatterton of Prees will transport the window glass back from London. "I have here sent the design of the first story. ... I think to begin to pull down that part of the old house which is standing before May ... The new building will be [?] enough to dwell in this summer, having had fires in it ever since it has been up, but if it be not, I can have room at Podmore's house for my wife, self and the child. ..."
/34 26 Mar 1702: "I have received yours of the 17th and the two curious almanacs for whicj I return you many thanks. Mr Chatterton has this day brought the three cases of glass for the windows, also the case of looking glasses for the chimneys and the piece of stuff. I hop all the glass is come whole, but as yet I have not had time to open the boxes to see. The carpenter says he will observe your order in every particular relating to the back building. He is drawing a new draft of the whole which I shall send up by Brother Price who will be in London of Wednesday or Thursday next. I should have written to you now about other matters, but being he will see you so soon I will desire him to inform you of what else I should now have written about."
/35 6 Apr 1702: "I ... have given one of your almanacs to Brother Barbour who is now at Hawkstone but thinks of going away tomorrow. I should be glad if he would settle anywhere near here. I have told him of a very good house of Mr Mainwaring's at Prees which I hear will be sold or set, and he thinks well of it ... I though Brother Price would have been in London last week; he is this day gone from Drayton and may be with you ere you receive this."
/36 16 Apr 1702: "... There is a tenant in the house at Prees at present, but it's thought he will remove next year and if he does Brother Barbour may have it before anyone. I did offer him the Lighteach last year, but he thought the place would be too cold and wet for him ..."
/37 30 Apr 1702: Mention of various local property transactions. "Mr Mainwaring's steward was here on Saturday last and did offer you his master's tenements in Darliston and Prees ... I told [him] that I thought either you of Brother Barbour would be willing to deal with his master if would sell with them the house in Prees where Mr Howle lived, which is a very commendable one ..."
/38 4 May 1702:
/39 5 May 1702: "I ... am glad to hear that Mr Mainwaring will sell the house at Preese ... I sent last week to know if the chimney pieces were ready that I might send for them, but the workman sent me word that they were not all finished but should all be ready in a month's time. They are made of excellent good marble and are all of different colours. I am to pay for the six 27 and must fetch them 2 or 3 mile beyond Oswestry. There are none to had any nearer. The workman says he cannot work one up in less than 5 weeks' time which is the reason they are so long in doing. We have 6 joiners now at work and I hope they will have wainscoted all by Midsummer. We shall pull down the remaining part of the old house next week."
/40 19 May 1702: "[PS] The old house is now pulling down. The new hall will be just as large as you desire it should be.
/41 1 Jun 1702: "[PS] The old house being now all down we are sinking the cellars which are to be made. The bricklayers will come on Thursday next to work."
/42 10 Jun 1702: " ... according to your order have here enclosed sent a plan of the whole house by which you will see that the hall will be full 25 foot broad in front and 20 foot deep. The door will be in the middle of the hall and a sash window on each side and a flat stone is intended to be in the middle of it with the inscription you formerly ordered, but as to the light on the top of the door the carpenter is of opinion it will not be proper by reason there will not be room for a frontispiece, as you will see in the design. I have consulted with the workmen about a better staircase, for that which is already made is not so broad as the fashion now is. There was not room enough in the place where it is to make it larger. The joiner says he can make a neat one in the new room which will be 5 foot 8 inches wide. He thinks it best to let the staircase which is already made stand for backstairs, there being no occasion for more closets than are already, but he will observe your order." Samuel Barbour is preparing to buy the Mainwaring property.
/43 17 Jun 1702: More on the value of the Mainwaring property.
/44 20 Jun 1702: Lengthy deliberations as to the best place to put the staircase.
/45 1 Jul 1702: More on the positioning of the staircase. "... The workmen go on apace , will have all the building up and covered by St Michael or soon after. I will bespeak a marble chimneypiece for the hall. I have six good ones for the rooms built last year. I will get stone chimneypieces for the rest from Grinshill. I have fine diamond flags from thence for the hall and plain ones for the kitchen."
/46 6 Jul 1702: "... I did last week receive a box from Chester from Mr Edward Harwood directed for you at London but no letter with it. I will send it up by ... Mr Chatterton ..."
/47 22 Jul 1702: "... Mr Broughton ? will make a cupola for the top of the house in which a good clock with 4 dial plates shall be set ..." PS concerning the parliamentary election.
/48 3 Aug 1702: "... Mr Broughton says he will engage the cupola so well that no rain at all shall come within the house ..." Details of interior fittings. "... The house is now almost up and I hope it will be covered by St Michael ..."
/49 18 Sep 1702: "... The mason ? asks 2s 6d per foot for to flag the hall with black and white marble, which will come to 60 but because of the charge I make no agreement with him before I hear again from you. It will be done for little more than 12 with Grinshill stone, but it does not look so well as marble. ...My wife has 5 or 6 weeks to go with child yet. She will go to lie in at my father in Lawes, the house being yet damp and cold, it will not be safe being here at that time ..."
/50 2 Oct 1702: Details of the Mainwaring property, which is now being secured.
/51 14 Oct 1702: More on the Mainwaring property etc.
/52 4 Nov 1702
/53 17 Nov 1702: "... I have bespoke diamond flags from Grinshill for the hall, they will look almost as well as bastard marble. Mr Broughton has set up the cupola and is now laying all the floors in the house. The masons are flagging the kitchen with Grinshill stone and laying the cellar floors with brick."
/54 8 Dec 1702
/55 19 Dec 1702
/56 15 Dec 1702
/57 1 Jan 1702/3
/58 20 Jan 1702/3: "... The cupola is now covered and finished. The kitchen is paved with Grinshill stone but the hall is not yet done ..."
/59 25 Jan 1702/3
/60 3 Mar 1702/3
/61 9 Mar 1702/3
/62 9 Apr 1703: "I have received the letters you sent by Cousin Sandford and the watch, and Mr Payne the carrier of Whitchurch sends me word that he will send to Hawkstone tomorrow all the goods sent down by him. He should have left them at Sandford before he went to Whitchurch, but he says they lay in the bottom of the wagon and he must have unloaded it all to have taken them out then, which would have been a great trouble ... My wife and I return you many thanks for them and all other your exceeding great favours and kindnesses, and we are glad we shall have the happiness of seeing you at Hawstone in the summer. I hope there will be lodging rooms ready in a short time ... I am glad to hear you are in treaty for a match for our niece Atcherley and that our nephew Barbour will be placed at Eton. I think he will make an honest good man. Sister [Rebecca] Hill is married again to a boy who is a son of the vicar's of Atcham that has nothing."
/63 27 Apr 1703: "... Two of Brother Robert's children are at Chester with their grandfather who is careful of them and keeps them to school. The other four are with their mother in the country at Wroxeter. I am willing to take them either to Hawkstone or to send them to Chester to their grandfather where is good schooling, but I fear she will not consent to it, nor do I think the children will care to be taken from her, but I will act as you shall advise in the matter. I will send you up the model for the outbuildings in my next, and you shall the know how many foot will be left between the house and them .. "
/64 13 Jul 1703: "[PS] Since I wrote this I received a letter from Mr Husband who says you are going beyond sea. I am sorry to hear it. I pray God send you a safe and happy return."
/65 9 May 1706: "I am glad to hear of your safe arrival and so are all our friends. ... I approve of your design for the building of new stables and coach house, but not having brick, stone, nor other materials in readiness am afraid the will not be done this summer. All the masons here about are now employed in making a stone wall 3 yards high along the Cooks Lane ..."
/66 17 May 1706
/67 20 May 1706: "... I shall provide brick and stone as fast as I can for the new stables and coach house. You may turn the Cooks Lane into ponds when you have bought [Captain Corbet's] lands, whereby a new way may be made ..."
/68 1 Jun 1706
/69 4 Jun 1706
/70 14 Jun 1706: "... [Chatterton] will bring the table for the hall down mow if ready. My wife says we want chairs for the parlour chamber to answer the fine bed you was pleased to send down, and we want for 2 or 3 other rooms above and below, but think we can be furnished from Chester with some from chair makers there. ... [PS] Cousin Whitehall desires you to stay another year for the 500 he owes and he will pay use for it. He also desires you will be pleased to help his second son to a clerk's place in the Treasury or any other office. He writes an excellent hand and understands arithmetic very well."
/71 25 Jun 1706: "... I am sorry to send you word that no end is yet made with Captain Corbett ... I wish you would never more seek after him for his land here but be at ease without it." They are preparing for a visit by Sir James and Lady Bateman.
/72 8 Jul 1706: "... I am afraid the deed relating to the house in Coleman Street which Brother Humphrey gave Mr Elmes is lost. I have no such lease myself, neither is it at Sister Butler's in Salop. [PS] Since I wrote this Cousin John Sandford came to tell me there is a vacancy of a supervisor's place in Nantwich, and desires your interest in the thing. He had rather be there than in any other place."
/73 23 Oct 1706
/74 13 Nov 1706: There had been a break-in at Hawkstone, but the burglars missed the money. "I suspect two of [the joiner] Mr Naylor's men who were hanging of sashes and doing other jobs in the house, but they deny it and I cannot make oath it was them. We are now so safe with bars and bells to all the shutters that it's impossible for any thieves for the future to break into any part of the house. ..."
/75 19 Nov 1706
/76 16 Dec 1706
/77 24 Dec 1706
/78 27 Dec 1706: "... Mr Broughton is now here and sends you the enclosed draft of the stables and coach houses which will be placed opposite to the old stable and hay bays and in a line parallel to the brewhouse ..."
/79 14 Feb 1706/7
/80 11 Mar 1706/7: "... I am much concerned to hear that Sir Richard Vernon deals so scurvily with you. I will endeavour to get a true rental of his whole concern and send it up in my next, and I shall forbid the tenants paying any rent for the future to him or his order. ... Mr Husband was buried at Drayton on Thursday last."
/81 21 Mar 1707: "... Mr Husband has left his son at Eton a lease in which is his own life worth 40 per annum. His elder brother will receive the rents and return the money to Eton to him during his stay there. ... I am glad to hear of your great care and concern for Brother Robert's children, for he was a good man. I do give two of his daughters their table, the eldest has been with me ever since her father's death and is a very pious and good natured girl and much admired for her parts. My wife is very respectful to her and glad for her company. A younger daughter has been here but a year and I think it requisite she should go again to school in Salop for some time, and her mother desires she should. Another of the children is at Chester with the grandfather Bevin who keeps her at school and says he will do well for her. So there is only 3 at Salop with the mother. She has one daughter by her latter husband. ... Cousin Whitehall desires his son may ride your pad up and I think he will send him here on Tuesday next. Goodman Forrester [a servant] goes with him and rides a horse of Cousin Whitehall's own and brings him back. I bought the pad at Wrexham fair. A neighbour that has judgment in horses did assist me..."
/82 13 May 1707
/83 22 May 1707
/84 11 May 1709 "I was yesterday at Burton [i.e. Boreton] and the tenants there are well pleased with your being their landlord ..."
/85 2 Sep 1709: "I did write to you per the last post and did then tell you how forward we were in the new buildings. I do now send this to acquaint you that Mr Duncomb was here on Thursday last to offer you an estate for 800 at Tilley, a quarter of a mile from Wem, which a relation of his, one Mrs Alsager must speedily sell. It is let for 38 per annum to a good tenant. I did at Ladyday last bid 800 for it on condition the house might be put in better repair. I had at that time so much money by me, but being Mrs Alsager would not accept of it, I lent all the money to Lord Kilmorey and Mr Witcherley and have not any new by me but what will be laid out in building, nor do I think I can get such a sum ready in so short a time as Mrs Alsager expects to have it, which must be in the beginning of November next. The estate is all freehold and cost 900 not many years since. I think it may fit Mr Bates but I have not yet told him of it but will if you think meet to buy it.
/86 23 Aug 1709
/87 14 Oct 1709
/88 7 Nov 1709: "... when the lime trees come they shall be set as you have directed. ... I will let Dr Tombes have Bridgford for the 550 he offers. I design to buy a pretty tenement of 26 10s per annum called the Pool Head near Wem with the money. I will send the cloth, ale and some brawn next week by Paine of Whitchurch. I cannot send them sooner, my wife not being well. She was 3 months gone with child but had the misfortune last week to miscarry. Hadnall is a very dirty town, but the land is good. Brother Harwood has not yet sent a particular of it."
/89 4 Apr 1710: "... Mr Adderton sent me the enclosed last night and I have sent him word that I will treat with him after I have heard from you again. I did tell him on Saturday last at the assize at Salop that you would make our niece's fortune 1200 on condition he would make her a jointure of 120 or 130 per annum and settle the rest on the children she may have. You will see by the enclosed that he will accept of 1200 and settle his estate and quit any title to any part of Brother Robert's estate that the while may go to the other 5 sisters. Mr Adderton's mother is living and he is to pay her 20 per annum out of his estate during her life which I did not know of when I last wrote to you concerning him."
/90 9 Jun 1710: "... I do send [this] to acquaint you that on Wednesday last Mr Robert Pigott paid me 465 16s being the last payment of the bond he gave you for 1265 16s on account of interest owing to you from Sir Richard Vernon. I do design to pay the same amount to Mr Adderton after he is married and has signed the settlement and the 2000 bond he is to give not to have to do with any share of Brother Robert's estate, and at the same time I will give him a bill on you for the remainder he is to have. There is no time yet set for the wedding. It will be [?] and not above a month or little more before it will be over."
/91 14 Jun 1710: Further to the above. Also work carried out to Robert Brown'e tenement in Boreton.
/92 28 Jun 1710: "... Mr Morton says he has not only made Mr Adderton covenant to relinquish all his right and title to our niece Rebecca's share of her father's estate, but also to the share of the 5 sisters. It was not so expressed in your letters and I did not know when I last wrote that Mr Morton had so ordered the matter. Mr Adderton did first consult one Mr Thomas Philips, an attorney, who did not object against anything in the settlement, nor did Mr Adderton himself, but did agree to settle the whole estate on our niece and her children and told me he would order Mr Morton to progress it with speed. It seems he has since advised with one Mr Wase, a lawyer in Salop, concerning it, who last week sent me the enclosed, and I wrote him word I would send him an answer to what he said concerning the 30 per annum he would have excepted in the settlement and to the other objections he made after I had acquainted you with the matter. I believe it is usual and but reasonable to have some part of an estate at marriage unsettled for fear of contingencies when there is room for it, but I think there is scarce sufficient room here. I believe Mr Adderton will not break off if you do not comply with his request..."
/93 26 Jul 1710: "... Cousin Hill of Sutton came yesterday here and showed me you letter to him and desired me to acquaint you that he would not make a demand of a fortune for his son but leave it to yourself. He tells me his estate is 400 per annum, but owns his debts are considerable, but would give me no particular of them. He also owns the 1500 on the estate to Mr Lloyd who married a daughter by his first wife. He has by the latter wife 3 daughters which he says must have portions but would not say how much, so that you will be much in the dark in relation to this matter. I am sorry for him and concerned to see how low his credit now is in the country, and I believe it's a grief to him to have so great debts on so small an estate. I am sure it's not more than 350 per annum. I told him I would write this day to you and would wait on him after I had your answer. ? Mr Adderton was here the last week to desire me to write to Mr Morton to engross the settlement as soon as he conveniently could. There are not any alterations to be made besides that in relation to the 30 per annum to be at his own disposal. I tell Mr Adderton I shall pay him 500 ready money here and give him a bill on you for the other 700 to be paid a four days' sight. ?"
/94 2 Aug 1710: "... Mr Adderton has seen what our niece and he are to sign in [?] next. It is understood by Mr Morton that the share of Brother Robert's estate is to be sold and made over to yourself. I think the settlement will be engrossed the week after the assizes. They will be married privately by Brother Price at Weston Chapel and will stay a week or 2 after at Hawkstone with [me]."
/95 8 Aug 1710: "I ... will this day write our cousin Hill and show him your letter. Our niece Mary is very well pleased that you do not approve of the matter. She had surely been undone if it had gone on. Cousin S[amuel] Hill will tell you the character the young man has in the country. Mr Morton has not yet engrossed the settlements which are very long but will make what haste he can. He does rightly apprehend you concerning Mr Adderton's and our niece's quitting and selling to you all the share of Brother Robert's estate which they are entitled to. I will ask Mr Adderton if he will accept of Captain Corbett's bonds. I did several times tell him that he should have all ready money. His sister must have 800 of the fortune which she has in hand ready, for she is made a party to the settlement and will not seal before she has it and I think Mr Adderton will want the other 400 to trade with. I shall send the measure of the ground where you would have the portico by Cousin Hill. It will prejudice the Towers Walk and make the hall and chamber over it very dark, for there are no sash windows in either of them but what are in the front of the house where it must be. Cousin Hill will inform you how it is, having been here and seen. ..."
/96 30 Aug 1710: "... Cousin Adderton and his bride came here on Monday from Tern and will stay a week. I did yesterday pay 400 to him and 100 to his sister and before she goes from hence shall give her a bill on you for the other 700 she is to have. She lends the money to Sir Orlando Bridgman on land security in this county and gives him the bill as soon as her attorney has drawn the security for him to sign." At end: Mary Hill's receipt for a gift of 10 from Richard Hill.
/97 3 Nov 1710
/98 9 May 1711
/99 11 Jun 1711
/100 26 Jun 1711: "I ... have acquainted Sister Barbour that Captain Hanmer's son of Shrewsbury will bring her down this week from London letters of administration. She is very well pleased that the court has nulled (sic) the old will. She has received the letter from her son at Turin but not yours as yet which you left with Dr Harwood. ..."
/101 14 Jul 1711: "... I design the latter of the next week to send the deeds of the family settlement by one Mr Andrews of Hodnet who married a sister of Mr Robert Pigott's. He will convey them to Cleveland Court so soon as he gets to town. I also send by him the conveyance of Cousin Adderton's share of Brother Robert's estate. ..."
/102 25 Jul 1711
/103 11 Aug 1711
/104 27 Aug 1711: "... John Grume [i.e. Groom] is come to Hawkstone and shall be here as long as he and I live. He went from me about 2 years since on his own account to Mr Burrowes'. ..."
/105 1 Sep 1711: "... I have acquainted Brother Price that you are content to let him have Cousen Hill's estate at Bletchley, paying me the purchase money, and he thanks you. ..."
/106 21 Sep 1711: "I ... will next week send you a particular of Brother Robert's estate. Mr Butler will come here on Monday next from his father's funeral at Atcham and bring me with him. I did think the deed I sent up had been a conveyance of the 6th part of Brother Robert's estate to yourself, but it seems it's merely a covenant from Cousin Adderton to convey when his wife came at age. She was one and twenty last February and did then sign to the covenant. Her husband did execute it at the same time he sealed to the marriage settlement. ..."
/107 9 Oct 1711: "... The enclosed is a particular of Brother Robert's estate which Mr Butler gave me last week. I have told Cousin Mary that you will give to her the share her sister Adderton should have had and she thanks you. I have received safe the fine tables, chairs, and close stool you were pleased to send by Payne."
/108 25 Oct 1711
/109 12 Jun 1712: "... I now send this to tell you that Cousin Hill was here last week and did then assure me he would pay one year's use on the 24th of this month. He has sold the estate at Bletchley and Drayton for more than 1400, which I will see shall be paid to Mr Lloyd before you do execute the conveyances to the purchasers. ..."
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