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TitleLetter from John Cossen, Wimpole, to Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford, Dover Street, London; 3 Jan. 1724/5
Date3 January 1725
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionWill change his plans in relation to the poll in Elsom's Grove and will meet Mr Brown the next day; had heard rumours firstly that 'Smith has fix'd again wth Sr George Downing', and secondly that Papworth has bought an estate and will live there; gives reasons for keeping Kimpton's farm in hand rather than letting it this year; points out that hay grown there can be used at Wimpole and that animals can be kept there; writes that he was 'in a great affright' about the level of water in the reservoir since the mechanism for draining excess had not yet been built; reports that he had the men work there through the night using lanterns and that reinforcements were called in from Wimpole and Arrington; writes that the water continued to rise 'to the very brink' until mid-morning.

Is sure that if it had rained for two hours more the head of the reservoir would have burst and a number of houses would have been ruined by the surge of water; thinks it a miracle that they managed to clear a passage for the excess and that the head was not damaged; adds that the men deserve extra pay for their hard labour working in water and in the rain; wishes to make the sluice good as soon as possible; believes he can mend the brickwork without causing any extra damage.

Letter dated 3 Jan. 1724/5.
Termestate business, Wimpole
building works, Wimpole, reservoir

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA38985Brown; - (fl 1722-1725); Mr; steward and agent on the Wimpole estatefl 1722-1725
NA39098Smith; - (fl 1725); Mr; potential tenant of 2nd Earl of Oxford at Kingston Cambridgeshirefl 1725
NA39051Downing; George (c.1685-1749); 3rd Baronet; MP of Gamlingay Park Cambridgeshire; founder of Downing College Cambridgec.1685-1749
NA39020Papworth; Richard (fl 1723-1725); Mr; of Knapwell Cambridgeshirefl 1723-1725
NA38992Kimpton; Edward (fl 1722-1727); Mr; tenant of 2nd Earl of Oxford at Kingston Wood Cambridgeshirefl 1722-1727
NA38705Cossen; John (fl 1713-1738); Mr; wood agent later chief agent of 2nd Earl of Oxford at Wimpolefl 1713-1738
NA1047Harley; Edward (1689-1741); 2nd Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; styled Lord Harley 1711-17241689-1741
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