HALL FARM, WOOLTON ROAD
Holme named in Miss Watt’s birthday book 1878
Speke rents Copy Memorial from the Tenants
16 Sept. 1872. G.W.
James Sprot & George Whitley Esqrs.
the undersigned tenants of the Speke estate which you so honourably represent as
Trustees of the late Richd. Watt Esq. Prayeth
That owing to almost the entire loss of the potato crop, damage to the
hay & corn crop, the enormous extra charge for labour partly through strikes
& the unfavourable weather, increase in the price of all commodities we
require whether implements or manures, the low price of agricultural produce,
your Memorialists find it quite impossible to pay the present rents.
It has always been our wish to pay the estate (you represent) what we
promised, but under the present circumstances your Memorialists request you to
make an allowance which you kindly promised in May last
I must say I do not recollect such a promise having been made.