1883

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Spott House Dunbar N.B

July 2 1883

Dear Sir,

I have received your letter of the 29th & 30th June with the enclosed
I now send you 2 cheques for tithes, as follows

Smiths and Gore £26:15:1
Davies and Stephen £4:1:11

I would be as well to look over the figures in the "tithe appointment" you have and see if they are correspond in some way with the amount claimed – in Smiths receipt for 3/3 that you sent me I observe that he does not fill in particulars in the line headed "No’s in appointment" please instruct him to do so in the receipts which he will have to send you, as it is more satisfactory

I believe you ascertained that the claims of £4:1:11 was correct for the "small tithes"

I have retained receipts for 3/3 you will understand that I was anxious to get all information this year about tithes, on account of having Home Farm now in my hands.
Please make a note in the Yew Tree Farm A/C book of the payment of £12:0:2 Robert Leadbetter is correct in saying he was not paid his allowance for week Sunday June 23 or rather Friday 22.

I wished you to pay for the garden netting, as you have done.

I suppose the heifer you have sold is the Irish heifer, in calf.

I will consider about Green and let you know, in the meantime could you ascertain if more of the tenants will be willing to employ him if he remains so that so much work may not go out of Speke.

You can order the crane for the quarry from Sutcliffe, I suppose you are satisfied that it will be of the most suitable kind for the work.

How are the piggeries getting on at Yew Tree? It struck me after, that it would be a pity not to leave sufficient room beyond them for a cottage freeing the yard, should that be founds the best situation for one – no doubt there would be room, however.

I send you a letter from Wood about the cottage gates. You will consider if he should be allowed the whole 30% for collecting them – the note to the executor of Mr F Watt should be sent to Mr Wooliscroft to be forwarded by him.

We had a good journey on Tuesday – the country here looks fairly well

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Spott House Dunbar N.B

July 5 1883

Dear Sir,

I enclose a cheque for the wages, £21:0:0 I shall always try to post the letter with the cheque for wages so that may, without fail, receive it by post of Friday mornings – but the post between this and Liverpool is rather uncertain, and if you do not at anytime receive my cheque by the postman on Friday you should go to Garston and call at the Post Office for letters arriving by the mail at 2.15pm this would give you time to cash a cheque before the bank closes at 3 O’clock. Regarding the Shetland cattle, you are quite sure there are no restrictions between Leith (the port of Edinburgh) and Garston – you should have notice what day to expect the cattle.

I have received your note of the 4th the wet weather seems to be general – it is unfortunate for the hay.

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

 

Spott House Dunbar N.B

July 16 1883

To Mr Graves

Dear Sir,

I accordance with your letter dated 13th I enclose a cheque for £10 for petty cash. I hope you have been able to get all the hurdles painted with black varnish.

I hear that the kitchen ceiling is commenced please look at this work occasionally

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

P.S a day or two ago I received the A/C from the Railway Company which I enclosed they do not appear to have kept the farm and house A/C separate, as instructed, and I fear that this will never be carried out properly. Except by having the A/C written out again at the close of the month.

Under your directions, after they have been? I have marked the items which I know about connected with the house.

The empty bags Carlisle charged 8d appears to me very high, as they where only light flour bags and on the L&NW line throughout. You must ascertain that I am charged the right proportion for the cement – there seems some confusion in the entries for this.

Adelaide Watt

Spott

July 20 1883

To Mr Graves,

Dear Sir,

Miss Watt has asked me to write to you to let you know that Mr De Lauce cannot go to Speke tomorrow ( in case you have not heard of his change of plans) .

Miss Watt received the telegram enclosed a day or two since – Miss Watt telegraphed to Mr Wardle her permission for the children to walk through the grounds at Speke, she wishes me to say that some one must accompany them to see that they do not ? ? into this plantation nor do any mischief, also that the party cannot be allowed to picnic in the grounds – Miss Watt thinks Freston might go with them or Davies – they might walk through the courtyard into the gardens and down to the river but not into the house.

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Spott House Dunbar N.B

July 24 1883

To Mr Graves

Dear Sir,

L&N Western Rly A/C

I enclose a cheque in payment of the estate A/C £5:14:4 – why is the cement charged for at different times, as I thought all mine came together and what for the school afterwards, it is paid for by Mr Milner? I also send stamps for 4d in payment of the house A/C which please return to me when receipted.

Coal Accounts

Please examine and sign Evens A/C also Bramall’s for school both enclosed.

Proposed

I wish to look over the specifications and with them write to you on this subject

Cattle in the park

Have you any reason against giving them oil cake instead of cotton? If not I should rather have oil cake and you can give the same at once, as it no doubt do great good to the land and perhaps heifer the cotton cake at this time of year, when there is plenty of grass, but I have always seen oil cake being used in preference to the other. The Shetland cattle are coming here first, so that they may not be on the road so long at one time – I will choose the ones to send to Speke after they have been here a week or two – the additional railway charges will not be very great.

New School

 

I have heard from Mr Milner respecting a gateway for a cart to pass through – there should certainly be one, he sends me a tracing of the block plan, which I enclose, so I wish you to mark on it where you would recommend to opening to be in the wall, also where you think the rain water tank had better be – it must be quite away from the building. Being on the spot, you can see what would be best better than I can. Please let me have the tracing back as soon as possible. I will then write to Mr Milner – have the out buildings been? On with further ? I have decided to adopt the plan I showed you, as on the drawings from, say, the girls & infants building – it appears to me that the part for the "ashes" is to much shut in and could not easily be emptied into a cart, please say what you would advise on this – I send you a sketch, you must bear in mind as regards the gate for the cart, that I intend to plant the space between the lane and the wall on the village side of the playground and probably the side near the old cottage as well.

I am glad you have found a cheap place to get the sanitary pipes from

 

I observe what you say respecting the inspection of the school – I have not yet received a report from Mr Coward or the Education Department. I am glad that you were present at the examination of the children and you gave me your opinion upon what took place.

New Ferry Brick

 

I notice what you say on this subject

A/C for quarter ending June 30

 

I should like to have these to look over, after you have examined them and signed them, please make notes of any particulars you can give me relating to them.

Joseph Leadbetter

I wish his allowance continued for one month after his return from hospital, after that time he should apply for parish relief, which should certainly be granted to him if he cannot work, for there are very few poor people in the township who receive any relief, although the poor rate is so high.

You had better mention to him about applying and see if you can get Mr Leigh to work on the case, as it is his township.

I am glad to hear a good account of the crops, here we want sun very much – there has been so much rain

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

 

Spott House Dunbar N.B

August 28 1883

Mr Graves

Dear Sir,

……………………… Johnson the coachman wrote to me a short time ago saying he wished to leave my service, but not stating any reason – I have written to him on the subject as I should be very sorry to lose his service. After writing to you about not building the proposed cottages this year, I had intended to write to Johnson about what arrangements could be made for the winter, if he would really not remain in the lodge – but before I had done so he wrote giving up the place, at one time Johnson said that the cottage where Hatton lives would do for him and his wife as a temporary arrangement.

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

 

Speke Hall

November 22 1883

Thursday evening

Dear Sir,

I enclose a cheque for the weeks wages £26 – also Turner & Mop on account for estate work £100 –

I wish to go over the railway A/C before writing the cheque for this - they shall be attended to at once.

I also enclose a cheque to myself, for £1:1:0 which please cash, as arranged.

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Speke Hall

January 16 1884

Dear Sir,

I enclose a cheque for £83:10:6 the balance due to Mr Lunt in settlement of all A/C up to September 30 1883.

I send all his A/C that you send me as I think this would be the opportunity to get Lunt to receipt these all in full and then file them and begin fresh from September 30 last.

I should be glad the A/C, also the memorandum, when you receive them back, I’ll look over again.

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

 

Ashton Hall Lancaster

Sept 9 1884

Dear Sirs,

Relating to the advertisements in the papers I should like you to forward to me here by tomorrows post, any applications that sound likely or that you have written about – also any other matter

(amounts of wages etc)

Yours Faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Ashton Hall Lancaster

September 9 1884

Mr R Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

I received your letter of the 7th and observe what you say about horses and cows – you are quite right now – you can order some linseed cake from Liverpool provided that the seller s guarantee it to be pure and to mark it in the A/C by doing so there is some certainty that it is good , as of course it is likely to be analyzed by the layer, and if guaranteed pure, the seller could be had up for supplying what is not genuine if found on analysis not to be pure. I observed Norman & Piggott have not marked "pure" on their invoice please instruct them to do so before I settle their accounts. This must always be attended to, either in the case of linseed or cotton cake.

I am told the waterloo round cake is very good for stock – you might try a small quantity, the objection is that animals get so fond of it they often do not take to linseed cake well afterwards.

As the grass will be now so much deteriated you must lose no time in selling some or the 9 of the fat bullocks, for a reasonable price.

Hatton can have what you think is right for the grates in his cottage – I enclosed a cheque for Blackburn £8: 2: 0

I expect to return home tomorrow but you can send me a letter by tomorrow evenings post if I have not returned by the time the post leaves.

I remain

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Ashton Hall Lancaster September 11 1884

Dear Sir,

As I shall not return home today I enclose a cheque for the weeks wages – I received yours of yesterday – The advertisement relating to the joiners shop should be inserted again.

I wish you to see Davis and say if he has not met with a situation he can ? as he is a short time longer – you can also speak to Garnett to the same effect as arranged.

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt