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Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Sept 26 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,
                I have duly noted your reports as to the progress of the work at the Garston churchyard wall in your various letters – and I shall have some remarks to make to you in reference to the design for gas lamps before deciding on them – I have not the estimate for this matter before me at the moment but there was some mention is it of a “meter” and of repairing or renewing the present gas pipes – do you not think this part should be undertaken by the Vicar and Wardens, if it is necessary, as I do not see that I should do it?
               Since writing this I have looked out the gas fitting estimate and enclose it, so you can look it over and then let me have your opinion upon the question of what the Wardens should do themselves.
               I have received the enclosed letter from Mr Cox – is it the fact that any old work such as he describes has been found and has any been taken away by the contractors?
                If Mr Cox has anything to say on the matter, he should have applied before the work was so advanced – of course using up any old pavements in the new church yard boundary wall is very much the same as what Edward Norris did, if he used them in the foundations of his church as Mr Cox states.
               By the way, the old church was not taken down below the ground level I hope this has been strictly attended to, as it was my intention to rail off the old site, at any rate that part of it where the vaults are. Without having the foundations disturbed.
               I shall be glad to hear from you on this matter, as of course any fine old work should not be destroyed or taken away – you might show Mr Cox’s letter to Mr Gold if you think fit.

                Yours faithfully

A Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Sept 27 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,
               I note from your letter received this morning that the contractors will have finished their work this week. I do not wish them to remove their plant if it can be avoided, as the Lych gate had better be furnished this season. I have been working through the papers connected with the Garston churchyard wall and cannot find the copy of the estimate with details to alter to, so you must have it. I therefore am unable to compare the cost of Yorkshire ??? for the approach near railway bridge or the granite slay. From recollection I do not think there was a saving of expense by using the later, but that Mr Gold was rather in favour. I wish you to get what information you can on this matter and decide for me to save time. Where is this in Yorkshire stone that the quality Barries & Wales, the contractors obtained it from a good bed, it probably would not wear as long as it ought to do. As to the lych gate I should like a tracing on a larger scale of what Mr Gold proposed, as one could not judge of it from what he sent before, and I should like, if you can get Mr Gold to do so, I have sketch of an alternative plan at the same time, to choose between the two.
                It struck me the Lych gate he drew did not correspond with the church as regards height and pitch of roof. I am not writing to Mr Gold myself

                Yours faithfully

A Watt


                        Garston church Lych Gate                Garston church approach near railway bridge

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Sept 27 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,
               I enclose 4 pieces of brown paper, and I want two sets of shoes sent here for each of the chestnut horses, for the smith in the village to put on, as I cannot get them concave as I like-the sizes are taken across the feet, from outside of shoe. Jones has not taken the patterns quite as I intended, but no doubt the farrier's will know from this the right size-the shoes both fore + hind must be of the concave pattern I usually have, and of full size and good metal, as there is a good deal of wear and tear on the hills-the light chestnut horse falls a good deal and I hope more concave shoes may prevent this in some degree. I also want good nails sent you will know about the quantity, please see or write to the Mossley Hill farrier's about this and send the shoes and nails to me yourself either by parcel post or passenger train if to heavy for parcel post. Do not let him send shoes light enough to be likely to spread.
               Just received your letter and herewith enclose cheque for weekly wages A/C £29:1:8
                Have not had time to send remainder of your letter as postman waits

                Yours faithfully

A Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Oct 1 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,
                I have duly received your letters of 28th + 29th Sept and will wait to hear what you have done about the Lych gate with Mr Gold, before replying in full thereto – I think it would as well for Mr Gold at the same time to furnish details + plan of what he considers most suitable for entrance gates and iron railings near railway bridge – the latter I wish quite plain, but strong.
               You mentioned some of the Garston people were not satisfied with the work as it now is – unless I am very much mistaken the work must be more substantial and better executed than they would have had it done and of course their remarks would not influence me in anyway – I should however be glad to hear from you what they can find to object to and what they wished different

                Yours faithfully

A Watt

What is your opinion as to my putting up the gas lamps where ??? but having nothing to do with laying the pipe, or with the gas supply – they could make use of the lamps or not as they wished

A W 

    

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Oct 7 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

Garston Church yard wall

As regards the lighting of the approaches, I have no wish to undertake the supply of gas + meter, as I think the churchwardens in fairness see to this part of the work. They might put up very unsuitable lamps and therefore I am willing + wish to provide the ornamental lamp brackets and ornamental lamps, but should wish them to undertake the gas pipes + meter and they will then be responsible for the working, as they will certainly have to keep the lighting arrangements in repair themselves – I therefore accept the estimate Mr Gold obtained (herewith returned) in so far as it related to the brackets + lamps for both entrances and will thank you to inform Mr Gold this at once – if you consider there is a probability of the church wardens ???, or interfering with any of the work I have done, when they come to run the gas pipes to the lamps and put in the meter, then I will do the whole, but if they cannot do much harm and the gas pipes are mostly seen outside it is certainly not my wish to supply and lay the pipes. I will therefore leave this matter in your hands, to act for me as you think best I shall be obliged if you will instruct Mr Gold at once. I prefer P No 179 for the brackets lamp, the design P No 182 would do for the suspending lamp. I note you consider 2 lamps at the main entrance not sufficient for the length of footway (although Mr Gold seemed to think it would be when this matter was discussed) and I am prepared to provide a third of corresponding design, whenever it is most necessary. For effect I think 2 lamps at the head of the footway (i.e. one on either side would perhaps look better than one half way down but if the latter would throw a better light, then it can be so – if you decide that there would be no objection to leaving the churchwarden to fix the service pipes to the lamp, they should be notified of what will be done, immediately, so that they may be prepared what they need to do. I presume they could not make the objection that I have removed their existing pipe (stated to be corroded) and by not replacing the same have left them in a more unprovided state than they were before? You had better consider this point – my objection is, to do no more than seems fair that I should do. As regards the wall being used at the railway end, I suppose it is carried out according to plan laid before wardens and local board, and as no objection was made to lowering the level of the churchyard slightly, to suit the height of the wall, I cannot se that anyone can find fault with it now – from what I have written to you about the lamps etc I think this can be proceeded with in one way or the other without waiting for communication with me.

Mr Sutton’s Farm

As regards William’s application for this, please ascertain for me if he wishes to live at the farm himself also inform me, after you have obtained the information, whether he is a churchman or dissenter and if Conservative or Radical

                Yours faithfully

                A Watt

P.S
   
I am very glad you took the Brougham to the station on Friday, as it was such bad weather.
   
You were quite welcome to make use of the bedroom at the hall for your son.
     As the harvest festival at Speke is to be next Sunday, please see that flowers are supplied as far as can be – but of course Hurst must cut them, as also any evergreens etc they want. If the Garston people ask for any decorations, they can have a little – but you might explain to them that the Speke festival is to be at same time

                                Yours faithfully

                                A Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Oct 9 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

                Since writing to you earlier today, I have received a letter from Mr Bold which shows that he is not preparing any alteration sketch, as he states what he has sent is the most suitable for the purpose that he could design-at the same time I should like to have this drawing I asked you to send in my first letter-the tracings in detail I now have from him are doubtless exactly what he showed on the original plans and I should be glad to hear your opinion as to the design being suitable for placing so near Garston Church. The roof does not appear to me the same pitch as the church Mr Bradbury’s roof did look more like the church roof.

                Mr Bold mentions he will have difficulty in getting Mr Thornton to do the work at the estimate cost of £30 as there is no stone left from the old church-please inform if it would be feasible to use the old carved stones, found in pulling down the old church, in some part of the lynch plate if Mr Bold altered his plans accordingly? It would be a very good use to make of these and better than letting them lie about the churchyard.

                I thank you for your kind enquiry in one of your letters as to my health-I still suffer from Rheumatism (at times more than others) but certainly not more than during the summer, I was sorry to hear you had a cold some little time ago and hope you were none the worse for going out to Chester on Thursday

             

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

 

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Oct 19 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

                Dear Sir,

Oglet Farm House Grates

                I have worked over both Reynolds and Rutters catalogues which you sent with your letter of 8th and do not see any that I think particularly good. I conclude that only 2 mantel shelves will be required for the two bedrooms, as you mentioned the two present stone mantel shelves for the downstairs rooms-I prefer the enamelled slate slab chimney piece perfectly plain as shown on Reynolds page 44 No A101 to either Iron or stone and certainly not wood.

                No doubt you could get these just the same in Liverpool, the price appears to be only 14/8 (cheaper than the iron ones) I do not care about the slate being in two colours-for the kitchen mantel shelf I conclude the present one will do (I should say stone was most suitable for the kitchen) I do not care about the “ Yorkshire “ ???, as I should think the greatest economy in fuel for the heating surface obtained, would not be had with these. I think for this house either a “Kitchener” (close) or an “Excelsior” open fire ??? as on page 19 of Rutters No 4 list would be better, provided the chimney breast is deep enough to allow such a range being put, the opening could no doubt be contracted to suit-I have seen at Bennett’s a good open fire range, with oven low enough to form a hot hearth and you might perhaps buy one better from them as you could see more to choose from. It might be hinged far enough back, I do not like any of Reynolds register stoves you marked for downstairs rooms but No A303 slow combustion might do-I suppose you have marked the ??? stoves of a round design to correspond with the existing mantel shelves? I have not Barnard & Bishop catalogue here, but I think I could see there some good slow combustion bed room grates inexpensive to show you what I should like-in choosing slow combustion grates, it is necessary to ascertain the fire place itself is not larger than that wanted to heat the room, and I think that with a false bottom for the ashes are good-whatever kind of grate you get, whether with hobs or otherwise for the bedrooms, do not get them with iron backs, fire brick is better

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

It is not likely you will get the grates by the time Mr Tushingham wants them

 

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Oct 26 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

                Your telegram ??? could you arrange with Hatton, Mr Heigh’s gardener to sleep in the house for a few nights, to take care of it? Or could you put up a bedroom of Everly’s ??? in it?

                I think Mr Heigh is not behaving at all well ??? without proper notice and should certainly not accept a substitute as a tenant, will write my views

Adelaide Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Oct 27 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,

                I herewith enclose cheque Frances Mortuce & Co Ltd £171:19:0 for Iron shed Tewit Hall and paint. Is the whole painting of this now finished?
   
Please pass to me any accounts for cake due Norman & Piggott that are not already in my hands-I should like you to get a quotation and samples for linseed and cotton cake from Phoenix Oil Mill Co Liverpool. I hear a very good account of what they supply-I have received several quotations of Millers St Petersburgh cake but all for lots of 4 tons and upwards.
   
Please say how many of the cattle you have sold and the price per head they have fetched-I also enclosed 2 cheques Hampshire Turner & Co- Home Farm A/C £3:9:9 house A/A £2:19:3 I presume the item of 4/6 relates only to sugar supplied to the house and that there was no additional charge on the sugar supplied to the farm?
You will of course not enter the cheque for £2:19:3 but forward the receipted A/C to me when returned to you by Hampshire Turner & Co. Please note on this A/C before you send it to me, how much sugar the farm had from this lot and how much you had yourself.
I shall write fully re this ??? There is no doubt Mr Heigh was bound to give 3 months notice from Oct 11 as I have the agreement before me which Mr Wooliscroft had in his office

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Nov 16 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,
   
   I am sending you a telegram to see that Evans completes all registers etc in the proper form before he leaves, and that I wish you to take an inventory of books etc belonging to the school.
   
   From what you said, I hope Watson may prove a suitable master, but it will be a very good plan to have him on trial for a time-you have no doubt explained to him that he cannot now act as organist and choirmaster-and I shall be obliged if you will from the first intimate to him that he must not accept any office or employment (other than school master) either in or out of the parish, without my consent.
    I also wish to reserve the right of requiring his services in the evenings, to teach a night school, or otherwise as I may think fit.
    I observe Evans is to leave the house at Woodend for next week-before leaving Speke, I told Loading he might have the part of Woodend house when Evans left, at a rent of, I think about 4s/ per week, but this I will not be sure of, I however told him that there would be only two bedrooms-so that you had better arrange for the additional room to be placed to Everley’s part of the house, before Loading has intimated that he can do these.

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

(Note this was a note with no date so estimate it is from about  Nov 18 1888)

As regards the Turkeys, I will take the lot of 10 but do not think it of any use giving in charge of the Pearny’s-perhaps White would be best to have charge of them, or they might mix with your own poultry-in any case they must be well fed.
                Can you remember if Watson was the schoolmaster who left his last place partly on account of the Lady of the parish not being satisfied with his conduct of the music and church as she wanted a more “ ornate service “ I cannot see anything alluding to this in the testimonials you forwarded, but cannot remember which of the applicants stated this-was it the man from Newport

 

Adelaide Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Nov 22 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,
                In reply to your letter of the 20th notices for the rent day, and your remark as to any abatement being made on the half years rent due, I shall be glad to hear by return of post, what your views are upon this matter, as being on the spot, you are able to judge what position the Speke tenants are in a present, as regards prices and yield of crop, and whether the rents as re-adjusted would be fair to exact on the present occasion-I do not remember giving any return to the tenants on a Dec rent day-only in June if you consider it would be advisable to make some return, to what extent, and in what form, would you recommend?
               I wish to know what kind of kitchen roof you chose for Oglet Farm House, and if yet fixed, also if you chose any of the grates required besides.
               Has the contractor removed all his plant from Garston churchyard wall (I ask this in reference to ???)
               As regards forming the new footpath and applying for the private constable, are matters as they were when I saw you, or are either of the fields to be crossed under seed wheat?

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Nov 23 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,
               Re funeral expenses of the late Mr Hewson and your reference thereto in letter Oct 15 1888.
               I thank you for obtaining all the information on this subject-after considering it, I have decided to allow the cheque in Whitefield’s A/C for labour £3:4:0 but having given no instructions as to Turner + Moss’s work, I merely return their A/C. It is unusual for all accounts relating to a funeral to be settled through the undertaker and I therefore send the cheque (herewith enclosed) for Isaac Wright in full settlement viz his own charges, which are quite correct
                Amounting to                                         £7:5:0
                Whitefield as allowed                          £3:4:0
                Cheque                                                      £10:9:0

                You will please see Isaac Wright and give him the cheque and explain from me that the matter would have been settled long ago, had not the accounts been sent the items of which I never ordered, and which I had no intention of incurring- he must receipt his own A/C and obtain a detailed receipted A/C from Whitefield also for the £3:4:0 and Whitefield must be told how the matter lies-this is of course a private affair, and will not be entered in your books, so send the receipts to me when you get them.
                Have you heard anything further from Mr Campbell-Brown as to whether he advises any further analysis of the Home Farm water supply, or if his previous examination was sufficient? The estimated cost of laying pipes to conduct this water to the hall appeared somewhat high-it could be reduced by substituting Iron pipes for Lead-what is the objection to the former?
                Your report on the loss of chickens and fowls was very strange and if not already done, please take steps to have the causes defiantly ascertained by analysis. Is White much troubled by poachers now?
              I may mention that Phillips+Lamonts bill up to May last is now paid-and receipt to be sent to me here.
                You no doubt expect to have further instructions in reference to alterations of Garston footpath-I noted your observations on what Mr Eaton stated in reference to the terms existing between himself and Mr Spencerly-after careful consideration I decided to let this matter stand over until after the election-as alteration such as proposed would of course create a certain amount of ill-feeling in Garston and would have made use of by the Radicals, and it being this subject on now might have done harm to the Conservative cause-yours of 21st received-will write further

                Yours faithfully

A Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Nov 25 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,
                I received your letter of the 24th this morning, and note your remarks in reply to my enquiries on the subject of the rents on full consideration I think the “P S “ which I have added to the usual notice, will be the best intimation to make to the tenants, and I will thank you to copy the same and send it (annexed to the printed form) to each of the farm tenants-I am anxious that they should not be the first to speak openly on this matter. I do not wish at present, to say anything that would bind me to make the whole returns in money, as I should like to leave for future consideration the question of allowing so much manure as part of the concession. Please bear this in mind, to settle on as early a date as can be.
                I wish the rent dinner to be held at the Wellington, Garston as usual-please order it at once.
                 I have added in pencil the words “ and myself “ on the rent notice (as last half year) and leave you to put in the words or not, as you like-I will send Mr W A Wooliscroft a copy of the “ P S “ added to the rent notice.
                I have not been able to finish all Taylor Pierce’s A/C., by this post, I regret, but am writing them to say I will forward the cheques to you tomorrow so that they may expect to receive these the following day.
                Will write again about gates for Oglet Farm House also footpath etc.
               You did not mention if the appeal in the Inc Tax amendments was allowed.

 

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Dec 2 1888

Mr Ashby Graves
            Dear Sir,
            I enclose cheque for remaining A/C due          
          
Barrow viz Hall +Estate £11:12:9 (2 quarters)
            Home Farm -                 £ 1:1:10
            In future please leave Barrows A/C for hall work made out separately in the estate A/C (general) as it is easier for reference.
            Also enclosed cheque to Mr W Mawdsley            £1:17:7
                                                            Mrs Helen Wylie           £1:1:11
                                                       W Hitchmough             £2:14:6

            I think it would be better for you to have a personal interview with the chief constable, Colonel Moorsom in reference to his selecting a suitable man as private constable
           Therefore please write to him asking when he could see you at Preston – the man chosen should not have a family living with him, and his wife would receive something, or get the lodge rent free, for attending to the gates.
            If you have not already put some metal on the low road to Garston, I wish you to have the ruts filled in with broken stones at once, during the wet weather

Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Dec 6 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,
                I herewith enclose cheque for £23:8:2 for week’s wages, I was glad to hear all passed of satisfactorily on the rent day.
                Please say when two of the smaller pigs would be fat + ready for use.
                When you next write say how the groom is doing and if Southern has left the stable.
                Will send cheque L&NW A/C by late post

                  Yours faithfully

  Adelaide Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Dec 13 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,
                Enclosed is cheque for Hunts Tenement A/C of C R White £3:6:9 cheque for his other A/C will follow by another post.
                I had expected to hear from you this afternoon, the result of your interview with Col Moorsom – if he cannot just at present find a suitable man, I think it would be advisable to have a “special” constable on the ground now the notices are up and with so much game about, in plain clothes

                Yours faithfully

Adelaide Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Dec 14 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

Dear Sir,
               I return the lists of Xmas coal +beef which you sent, and have noted a few alterations, which you will observe.
               Regarding the two beasts left, it would suit much better to have only one killed now, and the other later – of course the one left must have another animal to go with it, and as the two would be fed differently, Penny must take the fat one out of the field for its feed, or arrange in some way, for the time- I hope you sold the 2 beasts well that were in the old barn.

                I have no time for more by this post

                Yours faithfully
  
                         Adelaide Watt

Spott House

Dunbar N.B

Dec 28 1888

Mr Ashby Graves

                Dear Sir,
                I have just received your letter of the 27th and note your remarks as to further enquiries respecting the constabulary A/C. I herewith enclose cheque, not filled in for you either to cash yourself or forward to the superintendent – should you cash it yourself, I should prefer you doing so in Liverpool., on this reason, instead of at Garston, either tomorrow (Saturday) or Monday morning, so that it may appear in pass book for present year.
                Please keep for me a copy of the cheque, as filled in and also of the A/C when passed and settled.
               I note your remarks in reference to seeing Mr castle Spencerly.
               I think the constables withheld for now, kept the large gates shut of the back road, as well as leading to the front approach, instead of their standing open all day and you must judge if it would be advisable for one day to lock both large and small gate at Garston entrance (and have some one in attendance to open it) to claim the right or this might be done at anytime (once a year) instead of just now – if it would equally serve the purpose (and perhaps better)
               I enclose cheque for £128:3:9 as amount of my contributions to balance Speke School A/C. For you sending May 31 1888 please pay this to credit at A/C B at Parr’s Bank, Garston tomorrow Sat Dec 29th, I believe this is the correct sum.
               No reference to the settlement of Mr Spencerly’s A/C could we have (place among estate papers) some document that would at once prove, at any further time, the power granted by trustee session to close the old footway, and thereby save any investigations having to be made, if the matter hereafter was called into question? This has merely occurred to me as worth having

Yours faithfully
Adelaide Watt