Clayton Pearson 1791
From the context, the first section appears to be the draft of a letter sent to Sir Richard Clayton, the Lord of the Manor of Adlington, by Jane Pearson, the Lady of the Manor of Coppull, regarding their respective mining operations in or near Coppull. The letter shows that Jane Pearson was undertaking mining operations at the time whereas Richard Clayton’s tenant William Norris had not extracted coal from his mine.
When you did me the favour of a visit you mentioned you wanted the liberty of cutting throw a narrow Lane, that the Lordship had a right to, the coals in that Lane are of small value but perhaps the cut throw may greatly injure the mine belonging to me, I don’t think you would ask me anything that you knew wou’d injure my property, I have to high an opinion of your honour but then perhaps mining you may be a stranger to & as I am very ignorant, I wou’d mention this to you before I [deleted consulting a collier of judgement] mention it to any one, I shall be very glad to oblig’d you & wish this may not interfere with Coppul mine to damage it. I was in hopes of seeing you again, before you left Manches[ter] & then I should have spoke of this which wou’d have been better than writing, I am with respectfull compts to yourself & Lady, Sir your oblig’d h[um]ble servant
Bath 12th December 1791
I had Mr [illeg] a few days ago & with respect to what I mentioned as to the colliery in Coppull, mine is neither worked nor likely to be – I granted the [illeg] Wm Norris of Chorley on lease of it for twenty one years & that lease will soon expire without his or his ex[ecut]ors ever having gotten a single coal. Whenever the lease expires I will make a point of appraising you, provided there is any probability of the mine being worked & then I may perhaps request the favour of cutting thoro the Little Lane which I mentioned to you to let the water off through Mr Crooks land down to the river, which will in no place whatsoever come near or interfere with any of your property. From the friendship which you have so long shown me I owe you a return of every thing in my power & I shall be very cautious [illeg] of doing any thing or asking any thing that might inconvenience you in any shape. What I mentioned I may not have occasion for of some years & perhaps never but if I have any [illeg] of it, I shall think myself obliged to you if you can accommodate me after having first consulted your friends & agent on the business, provided they are of opinion it may be allowed without either inconvenience or disadvantage to you – I was extremely sorry I had not an opportunity of paying my respects to you before I left Manchester, but I came away [?] several days sooner than I at first intended, which prevented my calling on any of my friends.
Lady Clayton joins me in comp[liment]s & I am madam your most obliged humble servt
St Ann’s Square
[in the handwriting of the draft letter] this letter must be kept.