HOME FARM COTTAGE
HOME FARM COTTAGE
Sutton named in Miss Watt’s birthday book 1878
from letter from 29/3/1867 from Geo Whitley
Sutton assures me that all is progressing properly.
from letter from 11/12/1867 from Geo Whitley
I enclose a copy of Meredith’s account shewing a very favourable
balance to the credit of the estate with a good stock of produce in hand.
£1106. 4. 4½
to ½ years rent 157.10. 0.
Profit £382. 2. 3¼
in hand – Value about £600
from letter from 20/12/1867 from Geo Whitley
Meredith informed me a few days since that Sutton thought highly of the mare which you sent down here, only fault being shy at the sight of Railway carriages, but this with care may easily be overcome. Had not Meredith better remit the price?
from letter from 19/8/1868 from Geo Whitley
I send herewith a tender for the repairs, it is a large sum but the expense cannot be avoided. I blame Peter’s & Ball for not having, when they were making the alterations stated that the lower part of the walls were very damp which they surely must have known to be the case.
from letter from 8/12/1869 from Geo Whitley
Home Farm –
book post I send plan estimate etc for your approval. As Mr. Hill of Woolton had
been employed on the works at the Hall we thought we might as well give him the
from letter from 7/8/1867 from Geo Whitley
The crops at Speke are very flourishing & Sutton tells me he has sold his potatoes well. The hay harvest was a very good one
from letter from 2/8/1869 from Geo Whitley
– shed for loaded carts
from letter 5/2/1870 from Geo Whitley
Mrs. Sutton died peacefully on Thursday last.
from letter 30/1/1871 from Geo Whitley
I have had several interviews with James Cartwright who would take the
additional land pointed out to him provided an old loose box was converted into
a 4 stall stable*, 2 new cottages built for his teamsmen, and a new road made
for him [* at an expense of £30], this I told him had already been declined but
he wished me again to mention the subject to you as Mr. Leyland had called on
him & was desirous that this arrangement should be made, I feel sure you
will not agree to this & therefore shall, with your approbation, request Mr.
Fair to value the farm and offer it to Mr. Leyland at the sum he fixes.
from letter 30/1/1871 from Geo Whitley
The estimate for the repairs by Lunt (£140) has, as you are aware, been
accepted but on clearing the lofts over it of the hay and rubbish the floor has
been found to be in such a dilapidated state in must be renewed, & the
following is a copy of the estimate:-
“Garston, January 30 1871
I suppose this must be accepted
from letter 15/3/1871 from Geo Whitley
I have been quite unable to make any arrangement with James Cartwright
and as I suppose you do not wish to keep on the Farm for another year there is
no alternative but to press the acceptance of it on Mr. Leyland.
Extract from letter 6/7/1871 from Geo Whitley
I found it quite impossible to carry out this understanding and as
Meredith assured me it was taking no harm I consented to let it stand over until
Extract from letter 6/9/1871 from Geo Whitley
Mr. Fair’s visit has been arranged to take place as early as possible
as the harvest is over.
from letter from 21/9/1871 from Geo Whitley
I have not yet received Mr. Fair’s Valuation but expect it immediately
when I will communicate with you.
from letter from 2/10/1871 from Geo Whitley
I send you a copy of Mr. Fair’s Valuation which is now before Mr. Leyland for consideration and you shall have his determination as soon as I receive it.
from letter from 4/10/1871 from Geo Whitley
Richd. Sutton called on me this morning and gave me a rather better
account of his potatoe crop than that of his neighbours, he has 2 acres of
“White Kemps” which you will recollect we saw a specimen of when you were
down here which he think will prove good. The “Scotch Downs” are quite a
failure throughout the country.
have had incessant rains but today is very fine.
from letter from 25/11/1871 from Geo Whitley
at Home farm
I have this morning agreed with Mr. Halsall, a first rate country
Auctioneer, for a sale on the 14th December next, the barley is not
yet thrashed but have given directions that there shall be no delay on this
from letter from 9/12/1871 from Geo Whitley
at Home farm
I was obliged to postpone this as Meredith had sold the Barley which not
being thrashed we could not ascertain the quantity of straw to be disposed of,
it (the sale) is now however advertized for the 21st instant.
These not being yet audited I cannot send the Bills for your approbation
until the beginning of next week
from letter 16/12/1871from Geo Whitley
I will attend to your directions as to the straw &c
Will feel greatly obliged if you can accommodate him with the sum you have promised him or a part of it as he wishes to make some purchases at the sale.
have only just heard there is an old cart horse in the catalogue a faithful
servant 25 years of age. Don’t you think we should give him a rest?
from letter 21/12/1871 from Geo Whitley
I have received your letter of the 20th inst. enclosing cheque
on Barnett’s Hoare’s & Co. for £400, amount of your advance to Richard
Sutton and he will take the proposed security as desired.
sale to day.
I have sent over to Speke and desired Sutton to attend to your directions
as to the old horse which I think are very judicious.
I shall be from home for the first four days next week and on my return
will apprize you of the sale &c
from letter 30/12/1871 from Geo Whitley
advance to Richd. Sutton
I enclose his Promissory note to you for £400. On consideration I
thought it better to make the whole sum payable on demand instead of by
instalments as in case of any thing going wrong you would be in a position to
sue at once instead of waiting for the fixed periods when it might be too late.
The money may nevertheless be paid as understood.
The Auctioneer called on me this morning and said it was a fair average one and the gross amount was £1,089.7.0. he paid me £500 on a/c and the details will be furnished very shortly. I enclose his statement of the prices of all the horses which he says sold well.
from letter from 31/1/1872 from Geo Whitley
I send a marked catalogue which you have no occasion to return
from letter from 18/4/1872 from Geo Whitley
As desired I send you below particulars as originally agreed upon for the
take of The Home Farm.
& 2 Cottages
from letter from 26/6/1872 from Geo Whitley
Mr. Sutton has brought (as I first anticipated he would) £50 on a/c of
the principal you advanced him & £8 for half years int. on £400 (less 3/-
prop tax) making a total of £57.17.0. which sum I now enclose in a Draft for
Messrs Heywood & Co & I will thank you to acknowledge its receipt to me.
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.
16 Nov 1872
from letter from 1/4/1873 from Geo Whitley
It is essential that the floor must be renewed as the stones are worn
into holes and it is dangerous for the horses standing on them, they were old
ones when put down
from letter from 4/8/1873 from J Bubb
been here this afternoon complaining that is stable manger had fallen down. I
told that He should have called your attention to it on Thursday when you was
Suttons tank contains 14 sqre yds if Ball will not do it with Portland Cement
for 3/- per yd I can get a good man from Liverpool to do it at the price
from letter from 7/8/1873 from J Bubb
I have seen John Suttons mangers they certainly want doing two pounds
would be the cost of new ones I have ordered Crosbie to put a piece of board in
two of them which will act as false bottom untill you come to Speke again
Peters & Ball
accept your tender for the rendering of John Suttons cistern with Portland the
same being done in best possible manner & to approval you finding all labour
materials & carriage necessary for same @ 3/- per yd sup.
from letter from 18/12/1873 from Geo Whitley
Is in a sad state but Mr. Bubb thinks he can patch it up for the present by his own men.
from letter from 15/1/1874 from Geo Whitley
Richard Sutton I understand
has informed you he will be ready to receive Mr. Woodyer immediately and
accommodate him until Mrs. Dunbobin’s removal to John Sutton’s cottage which
is in progress.