Woosey Letters



Nicholas Woosey was lawyer to John Pearson who bought the Manor of Coppull in the 1720s. Pearson was trying to assert the traditional privileges of the Lord of the Manor and Woosey was acting as his Steward in the Manor. Here are two letters to Pearson.

Nicholas Woosey to Reverend John Pearson of Crook

Preston 25th June 1734

Good Sir,

Before I received yours of the 20th some people came to see me about some brick they had made on Coppull Moor but as I had not then your leave I did not know well what to say to them any further than that they had no right to get clay or make bricks there without your leave. They came again on Saturday Mr Fenton Mrs Crook’s brother in law on behalf of Foole who is her tenant came along with them. I repeated the same over again and that I was surprised anyone should presume without your leave to do so and told them I had your positive order to bring actions against them all. I added that there had been great liberties taken in that Manor by the countenance of some people of fortune and that you was determined to make examples of some of them not so much for the sake of the damage done as to assert your right which you would never suffer to be trampled upon. Upon this Mr Fenton immediately desired I would write to you to desire leave for Foole, Mrs Crooke’s tenant to make a few bricks for repair of a tenement he holds under her which I promised to do. Some of the other people told me they are your tenants and if so I think you should give them leave but as to Fool and the rest who are tenants to freeholders themselves I think you should besides obliging them to ask your leave make them pay you 6d a piece or some small acknowledgement. This I only speak as to these people who I find have prepared their clay and this method may discourage others who are more obstinate. I ???? to Ralph Taylor and unless he submits and agrees to your own terms I think you should sue him. I am Sir, your most obedient servant. I should have sent this by the last post.

Nicholas Woosey


Preston 1st July 1734


James Fool was here on Saturday with your letter and Robert Clievely came with him. I find Bibby is the principal aggressor he has not been with me but sent word with Clievely he could submit to what I should ???? and that he proposed to get his landlord Mr Clayton to intercede with you for him. You must either agree with Bibby and all that are concerned with him or none of them, for I take it to be a certain rule in law that where two or more do a trespass jointly and an agreement is made with one it will be a good bar for the rest in any action to be brought against them for the same trespass. I therefore told Fool and Clievely that they must all come over to you to Crook tomorrow or on Wednesday and ask pardon for what they had done and your leave to finish the bricks and pay you what you thought proper and I told them I would write to you what I thought you should do. I would have some of your neighbours present when they make their submissions and ask leave that they may be witnesses if there should be occasion hereafter. I propose besides their submissions and asking pardon that they pay you 2s 6d apiece and my fee amongst them though if you think proper you may make Bibby pay something more but as I said before you must agree with all or none. You must remember the same doctrine will hold as to Ralph Low and his partners so if you must not accept of Smiths submission unless you agree with them all. It is likely Smith or Taylor had this in view when Smith came to you. There had been so many freedoms taken in Coppull that your priviledges as Lord of the Manor are become precarious you should therefore behave with caution and though it be against your inclination upon submission and satisfaction forgive some offenders that ???? if not and by this means we shall in a little time bring the whole town to be sensible of your right. The way lot to ???? Gillibrand I presume was before the purchase and if so you can do nothing about it. Mr Crook’s agent was not in town yesterday but I’ll take the first opportunity of speaking to him. I will hold a court whenever you think proper. This I intended to have with yesternight but was so ill I could not do it. I am

Good Sir,

Your most obedient servant

Nicholas Woosey