Boyton
Codford St Mary
Bath

 

June 5 1885


Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

            I write to say that I wish you to have a lamb killed on Monday, and when quite cool have it carefully put in a hamper, and send here from the Central Station at Garston, you will know whether it should be cut in half or sent whole-we do not want a very large one, but send a good one

           Address

               Miss Watt
  
         Boyton
  
         Codford Station
  
            Great Western railway
              Per Midlands Rly to Bath

 

              Codford Station
             Gt Western Railway
             Goods Train

 

             Yours faithfully

 

Boyton

Codford St Mary
Bath

June 13 1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

        I herewith return time sheet for week ending June 4 and enclose cheques in settlement of all outstanding accounts the ? Mr Northcroft, New Ferry Brick Co, Taylor Pierce & Co, John Hudson, John Barrow and Sons, Hutton sons & Co.

                                                                                                                                                    John Barrow’s A/C
        I find I paid an A/C to him ending May 19- for month ending May 14 £6:18:7 why has another been enclosed for the same time? I cannot have the trouble of writing more cheques than necessary-please explain how this has arisen
        I only saw today that discount was allowed on Taylor Pierce’s and Hatton’s A/C up to June 10 if either of these ? object, as the time has expired the difference must be arranged.
        The last lamb arrived safely, and was a very good one, have you sold any ewe’s + lamb’s yet?
  
     Let me have the A/C for the Shetland Cattle when processed by you.
  
     When at Speke the other day I observed that the side of the river walk and about the gate at the bottom of the avenue appear much trodden-this should be closed when the family is away, and until an unclimbable gate is put up-join the barb wire fence, I wish you to make up the opening temporarily with the few spare undesirable hurdles that are against the wall at the back of the six stall stable. They were over from the fence put round the garden closet, and I think should be just sufficient for the purpose, the two gates might be taken off the hinges.
  
     I am willing to pay £3 for enamelled slate mantle piece for Tewit Hall, such as you described, and you can order same accordingly-beyond that piece I should not wish to go-this season I think like you, to commence the hay as early as possible so that it be long ? made it will not be dead ? to start with

Yours faithfully

A Watt

Boyton
Codford St Mary
Bath

 

June 20 1885

 

 

      I enclose cheques in payment of the following A/C’s
    Minton, Hollins & Co                                        £5:7:6
    G Fleming                                                             £11:15:0
    L&NW Rly Co                                                     £5:19:2
    Doulton & Co                                                      £1:19:2

I also send a small A/C of Doulton’s and return an A/C of Warning’s, now settled
                                                                                                                  Mawdsley’s entrance floor
   I have looked through Minton’s designs of the tiles at 6/- and find they are all ½ inch thick only- for a farm house I think they cannot be strong enough to stand rough usage and before ordering from Minton, I wish you to enquire if stouter tiles of a plain pattern can be had from some other maker. I do not mean so rough a tile as the Buckley, used at Mount Pleasant- perhaps the man who contracted to lay the tiles in Mount Pleasant entrance could supply something stronger.
   I hope you have begun to cut the hay-also that you are feeding the stock that ? cake, on the Stockton’s wood side of the park.
   It will be well to get as many more sheep to feed at 6d per week as you can. I see the agreement for what you have was for 1 month-let me know how the various works are getting on

            Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Boyton
Codford St Mary
Bath

 

June 22  1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

    I herewith enclose cheques in payment of poor rates
   

Get the demand note back from the collector, for reference, as well as his receipts – I have included the school house rate in the cheque, as formally but as this item will have to appear in the school A/C I am not sure whether in future it would be better to pay it separately – you must however give me the receipt for this rate and file with other school A/C
  
Let me have any A/C for school expenses up to March 31last.
  
I am sending a telegraph about a lamb only half is wanted, one quarter and one hind- quarter and the other half good must be left also send the head as you mentioned that the Cheviot ewes are not feeding so well as the South Down, very probably the lamb of the former would be better therefore send Cheviot this time – it might be somewhat larger than before, the last lamb was not nearly so good as the previous one. Tell White I should like him to get the chickens on by feeding them well send 2 with the lamb, also two Leverets if possible – the hamper should leave Garston Wednesday morning by 7.48 train and be packed only that morning- marked “to be kept cool”

Cheques for  tithe shall follow              

            Yours faithfully

A Watt

Boyton
Codford St Mary
Bath

June 23 1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

I now enclose cheques in payment of the following A/C

With regard to J Houghton’s accounts what was the Woolton red stone used for chiefly from July 1884 to March 1885 besides the quantity used at Mount Pleasant? I observe a good deal was in Nov & Dec, was this for Mount Pleasant?
  
You can put a good lock on the hand gate near the six stall stable and tell the house – servants and others that it was done by my orders, and that they are not to climb over the gate or the wall, but go round by the sunken fence.
   As regards the new water cart you can leave fixing of any pump to it, an open question, until the one in the yard is at liberty.
   Ask Mr Northcroft to send me a drawing, showing the elevation of one side or either of the stables or shippon with windows & mullions shown exactly as decided upon when I was last at Speke – a pencil drawing rough will be sufficient for the purpose if drawn to scale.
  
I have not heard again from Mr Farwood in reply to my second letter – this I should have been glad to receive from him

            Yours faithfully

A Watt

Does Sutton’s A/C for wheelwright’s work to new cart include wood used?
      I have decided to sell the bay carriage horse that came from London last year – what would be best to do about it, in the first instance

Boyton

July 3 1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

            I now enclose cheques in settlement of all A/C entered in disbursements sheets ending June 25
New ferry brick Co                                                           £21:10:6
W Standing                                                                        £8:5:0
George Atkin                                                                     £41:10:3
Mr G Northcroft                                                               £1:10:0

I hope draught courses have been thoroughly well done by Atkins & Co.
         Regarding Standing’s A/C it seems to me that the new road to the quarry might have been constructed for less money and that some expense in labour might have been saved by not making the cutting so deep in the first instance.
          I send blank cheque for Dougherty let me know if both the other Garston men signed the same acknowledgement relating to my shore rights as Tushingham did, and if the documents are in the possession of Mr Simpson and North or of yourself

            Yours faithfully

A Watt

Boyton
Codford St Mary
Bath

July 8 1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

                You will please hand Mr Northcroft the enclosed drawings on receipt of this, with my letter within, which you can carefully read first. I did not like the effect of the windows as settled upon, so I showed the drawings to Col Yeatman Biggs and his suggested alterations have much improved the look of the buildings – I have said nothing to Northcroft about the west elevation of the court stables – I am inclined to have say two windows here, but of course they must be sufficiently above the horses and also the appearance of this must be considered as it faces the hall – so you think that by making the harness room and loose box windows a good height from the ground they could be uniform within the stables? The size need not of necessity be as large as the other windows as long as they are of the same proportions

Yours faithfully

A Watt

Boyton
Codford St Mary
Bath

July 9 1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

                I herewith enclose cheques as follows
Sutton & sons                                                                          £13:17:11
A Stenhouse                                                                             £20:7:0

With reference to Sutton’s A/C I made arrangements with them to allow half their ? discount big 21/2 % on their Speke A/C owing to the large transactions I am having with them for Spott farm. I have written a cheque accordingly. As regards the accounts for the new court, I have thought it better to send one cheque to Mr Stenhouse so you will ask him to settle them.

I have looked over the plans of windows and do not like any of them as well as the sketch I sent yesterday, I shall certainly keep to that for the stables – the straight head with dirt course is so much more in keeping with the hall and surroundings, then the segmented arch – these will however be a difficulty as regards the proportion of the windows on the opposite  side of the yard, as I think there will not be room enough even for 3 openings, as marked for the loose box at the end of the court stables, ask Mr Northcroft on receipt of this to send a sketch on same ? as before, showing elevation of court stables as now allotted and I will return it immediately, with definite instructions. I suppose the glazed brick and blue Staffordshire brick are built in to full height decided upon? You must be sure that 4ft 6in will be sufficient for cleanliness, (from the ground) what was settled about blue glazed bricks for the inside of the shippon? I cannot recollect. The new ferry bricks carefully picked will be quite good enough for walls round the covered yard, without having special ones, blank cheque for Boughty enclosed

Yours faithfully

A Watt

Boyton
Codford St Mary
Bath

July 11 1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

                Enclosed I return time sheet for week ending July 2 with cheques for A/C

  G Northcroft                                                                          £54:12:0
Do                                                                                              £1:10:4
Edwards                                                                                  £17:1:3
Barrow                                                                                     £2:1:3
Healy                                                                                        £1:10:0
Ferghough                                                                                £9:3:1

Ask Mr Northcroft to be good enough to cash his cheques according to date, as I find looking over the past book that some are not cashed till after others of a subsequent date. Explain how it is in the time sheet herewith enclosed one joiner only is named have the others been discharged? Also why in (I think) the previous time sheet, one day was left blank?
Say to Mr Northcroft that on looking at Ferghough’s account I think many of the items are too dear, considering that the roughest quality only was required.
  
                                                                                         Cook & Townsend A/C
  
Also for Woodsend farm house has been sent here to me and is enclosed. I do not know the previous charge but what are enclosed are too high for such a purpose as barracks, especially blankets and quilts – the former appears to be charged 12/11 a piece, which is to much. Could any discount be allowed by Cook & Townshead?
  
I am carefully considering the question of the additional work to the windows, I have gone over all the drawings I think by bracing out the drift course to work of the mullions might remain rough, as before, but having the former with, as you say, substantial more finish throughout - I will write fully on this point as soon as I can, on account of the work progressing – in the meantime Mr Northcroft will no doubt be able to fully ? the ? is ? shoddy for walling.
    You can have the two horse boxes in the centre block only divided by a wooden partition if you think its best – the objection would be in cases of infectious disease, which could not be kept equally isolated as with brick partitions.
    What is your opinion as to having the division wall  of each pig – court dispensed with and instead, a strong unclimbable iron railing substituted, struck into a stone curbing, flush with the pavement? This plan when adopted is found to answer, as far as I can ascertain the ?, space gained, free ventilation, and ease of completely flushing each court. Somewhat like the division of dog kennels, but stronger.
   I will attend to Lunt’s request for a settlement, I wish you to look in the large light O&R envelope case that is mounted with brass on the breakfast room writing table and among other papers you will find a newspaper cutting, relating to the Liverpool branch of the “Corps of army commisioncies” enclose it in your next letter. George Weir, the postman has left my service, after disobeying my orders and in other ways behaving very badly.
    Relating to the Oak from Stock Estate I received your list, with your comments thereon. I would at this time the subject was mentioned by yourself, I find as follows
800ft (say) = £160
At 4/ per cube foot
You put it now at 4/6 what makes the difference? The carriage could not account to this.

                As far as I can tell now, I shall be back at the end of this month

                                Yours faithfully

                                Adelaide Watt

I am glad to hear the glazed bricks are of better quality   

 

Boyton
Codford St Mary
Bath


July 15 1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

            I enclose 4 tickets for the Manchester + Liverpool society for the Royal Show at Preston- the Manchester + Liverpool tickets are usually transferable, so I suppose these are, but am not certain-my own members ticket sent by the Royal is certainly not transferable- I think like you to go over to Preston and see the show one day for certain, and if these tickets are not available you must pay the entrance-give the others to anyone from Speke who intends going to Preston, on the above understanding. Make note of any information likely to be of use-I believe the stock will be very good.

            Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Boyton
Codford St Mary
Bath

July 16 1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

                I herewith return time sheets ending July 9 and enclose cheque for Mr Northcroft for £1:8:2 I also send blank cheque for Doughty and enclose cheque to Lightbound +sons for £30:12:8 and observe as to ? account.

                                                                                                                            New Farm Buildings
  

                                                                                                                                    Quarry Fence
   I am prepared to renew my offer to the highway board, viz to give land for widening the road, and build a substantial fence if on their part they will make the road on there fresh ground-I do not bind myself to build a wall as estimated for by Milner’s, as he no longer works for me-and I think the road might do something towards forming a bank on the field side, if 1 ??? for a new hedge there.

                                                                                                                                Home Farm Rates
    Have you ascertained that your right to a vote is now properly made out?  This should be attended to. 

                                                                                                                                Mawdsley’s Entrance
I do not understand from your letter of July 9 if the tiles of which you sent a pattern sheet, are all the same price as Mintons’ 6/3 per yard and if they are 1 inch thick the common Staff black and red tiles you alluded to can I know be had in different qualities and I suggest those in the church are either of an inferior quality of laid on a bad foundation. Those in the servants hall at Speke were laid in 1878 and I think are wearing well I cannot consider Mintons’ tiles suitably for a house like Mawdsley’s.

                Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Boyton
Codford St Mary
Bath

July 25 1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

                I have been very carefully over the accounts relating to the final settlement for Greyhound buildings, and find so many items entered as extras, of which I know nothing, that I must enquire by whose orders they are done, before finally closing the A/C ‘s and this will be better seen to when I am at Speke, and can have an interview with Mr Wainwright I also observe extras which I consider should have been included in the specifications and estimate, I therefore enclose a further cheque to Lunt on account, for £100 and you can explain to him why I have deferred the remainder.
    Also enclosed is a blank cheque for Doughty

                Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Address after Sunday to
St Georges Hotel
Abbercastle St
Piccadilly
London

  P.S Is the new water cart completed? If so, John Cartwright might have the use of it to convey water for drinking purposes-I dare say the supply is good at the new well near Robert Leadbetter’s and at Mr Mawdsley’s and you can take water from these to any place where the supply is very bad, so that the people have something fit to drink-I am quite willing to give up a horse for this purpose, to go with the new cart, if you will ascertain if the two wells I have mentioned can stand the extra consumption

A Watt

Spott House
Dunbar N.B

Sept 10 1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

                You letter of 7th duly received with enclosed
      I now send a cheque in payment of Mrs Hodgeson’s wages, from July 6 (when she was last settled with) to September 11 the day you say they will leave-this is 9 weeks, 24 days at 10/ per week = £4:15:9 I also enclose cheque on account of petty cash disbursements £10:0:0  and on A/C of weeks wages ending Friday, Sept 11 cheques £28:0:0 you do not mention what would be required-please let me know for another week.    Have you kept on the young man who came before I left Speke? (Candidate for the police force)
   I am sending you a telegram with instructions to at once send some evergreens, moss and ferns to Mrs Oliver at the Garston church towards the decorating on Sunday next, the 13th – Mrs Oliver requested they might be sent addressed to herself on Tuesday 8th this I promised to do, but unfortunately forgot the subject until today.
    With regard to the dairy woman’s wages as I expect the woman to assist in laundry as much as required, besides her dairy work, and also to milk the cows, I will give the same as Mrs Hodson has had, 10/- per week. I observe what you state about the farm paying these wages but do not see how this could be ? as when in the laundry the woman must be under the housekeeper’s orders, though knowing what Mrs Spencer is, I do not wish her to have management of the dairy-I would have written this so that you might have received it by Thursday, but was out for the day.
   With regard to the commissioner to succeed Cross, Mr John Stanley I concluded would come as a single man and his wife would remain at Southport, is this so? From what Colonel Brind says, Stanley sounds a very suitable man for the odd work, and I should like you to see him and explain all the duties and find out what wages he would come for. The story in Colonel Bind’s letter about Cross finding the cess-pool work so despicable does not agree with what Cross told you, which is the true version?

                Yours faithfully

A Watt

Spott House
Dunbar N.B

Sept 23 1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

                I have heard from Mrs Watkins that the harvest festival at Speke is to take place on Friday and Sunday next-if you have not already done so, please instruct Hurst to get all the flowers he can from the garden for decorating the church, also any evergreens if they require them, and ferns and moss-but I do not wish anything brought from the vineyard on my account for decoration.
    I observe what you say respecting the cow man and his wife, Greenhouse, they are much to blame in not having clearly stated when they were at liberty-if you consider these really likely people, and if the woman was willing to do all the milking herself (which was to be an essential part of the agreement with any new couple) do you consider it worth while keeping on the Hodgson’s until Nov 11 and engaging the Greenhouse’s from that date? I cannot judge of this not having seen them.
   I enclose cheques in payment of Healey’s A/C £16:17:10 also cheque for L&NW Rly Co £1:10:11 I have not settled their house A/C as there is an item I have to enquire about.
     I want to see you about various matters and also to see the buildings, and propose leaving here tomorrow (Thursday) morning for a few days at Speke-unless anything occurs to alter this you may expect me on Thursday evening. I will bring with me all outstanding time sheets and other papers requiring attention

                Yours faithfully

A Watt

Spott House
Dunbar N.B

Nov 3 1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

                I have just heard privately that owing to the encouragement given in certain quarters in Garston to the Orangemen, it is expected that serious disturbances may take place there on the 5th as the priests assert that they cannot hold back their Irish Roman Catholics from retaliating-I cannot say if there is much ground fro this report, but it would be as well for you to mention it to the authorities, the head of police in Garston on receipt of this.
   I also wish you to have a special constable on duty at the hall on the 5th in case of anything occurring and he should remain till late at night

No time for more

                Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Nov 27 1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,
            Your telegram received by this mornings post, in reply, I wish to have one bullock killed for rent dinner and one left for xmas, that for rent dinner should I think be killed on Monday next to get tender – it is possible that all the meat may not be required, if this is so, there should be no difficulty in disposing of remainder at market places in the village, no doubt the farmers or cottagers would be glad to buy it-owing to having no butler at Speke, I do not intend to have the farmers dinner in the hall, but, as on previous occasions the farmers can have some lunch when they pay their rents, and the cottagers will have a substantial dinner in the servants hall-you must arrange for the cottagers to come in good time, so as not to keep Mr Wooliscroft waiting. I intend to be at Speke for the rent day-you spoke of the Wellington Hotel being in a poor way the last time the subject was mentioned-where would you suggest to have the dinner for the farmers?
         The objection to the new school would be the want of proper accommodation for cooking close at hand-as there must be no mess made in this building-if you can arranger for all this and think the school better than the Wellington Hotel, I have no objections to try it. Let me know upon this point.
          I observe the Widnes division polling day is Wednesday Dec 2 I am very pleased to hear your report about the feeling throughout Speke being so much in favour of Mr Edwards ?? – I had thought of going to Speke before the Election Day, to endeavour to get the people to vote on the right side, but from what you say, I suppose this will not be necessary, if it suited me better to go later in the week? Have you used your influence in this direction yet? I have filled up the enclosed form, sent me the other day, promising the use of the break? To convey voters-please forward it at once to the authorities in Garston. I shall have to take out a licence for the break? And propose hiring a pair of horses for the day, for ??? to division. I conclude this would be perfectly legitimate, please see about getting a pair

            Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Nov 29 1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,
                I refer to my instructions about getting a pair of horses for the day on Wednesday to be at the disposal of the conservative committee, with the break? You must ascertain from the committee rooms at Garston, if having horses hired for the day could be objected to?
               My own coachman would drive them and you might explain that my horses are here.
              Also enquire if it would be admissible for me to allow my own men a half day holiday on the following day

                Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Dec 1 1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,
                I duly received your letters of the 27th and 28th with various enclosures.
                I am very glad to hear that the Speke people appear so unanimous in favour of Mr Edwards ??? who I hope and think will be returned tomorrow for the division-with regard to the break? I noted your remarks against hiring any horses I shall depend upon you to make the best arrangements under the circumstances. If you succeed in borrowing a pair of light horses from the tenants for the break?, a licence for a four wheeled carriage must be taken out, which if for a whole year would be £2:2/ but I believe that only half the rate is charged on a licence taken out between Oct 1st +Dec 31st. You can get a licence from Garston, Woolton or Hale, I did not take one out, owing to the doubt about getting horses for the break? In any case the luggage cart with your horse would be available, and if there is no likelihood of damage being done, I will consent to the Brougham being taken out, if the break? Can’t be managed.
                I shall probably be at Speke for the rent day, but I find there is a possibility of my being unable to do so.
                It would be a good plan to kill a pig, if not already done-they were too large last year
                Enclosed tithe statement

                Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Dec 5 1885

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,
                Your letters of the 3rd and 4th reached us this morning, and I have been out all day since.
                The cheque you require for rent day will be prepared this evening and sent by tomorrow Sunday’s post-if you do not receive them with this, by Monday evenings post, send to Garston for the middle of the day mail.
               Mrs Spencer told me she had not sufficient wine-please consult with her about this, and order some from Garston for the farmers lunch say from the Wellington-they must also have a bottle of Whiskey + Brandy.
                Say to Mrs Spencer that I have no time to write to her this evening, but that I hope she will prepare a good lunch for Mr Wooliscroft and whoever is with him, by the time they are ready for it.

                Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt