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TitleLetter from William Wenman, Edwinstowe, to Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford, Dover Street near St James's, London; 26 Apr. 1729
Date26 April 1729
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionRefers to the recent forest fires, which have not damaged any of the earl's property; writes that the fire at Lindhurst was started in order to prepare the ground for deer but was done carelessly and threatened the woods at Mansfield and Harlow; thinks that they ought to be punished by the forest officers (Lord Byron being the chief) as this happens every year.

Reports that the other fire started in Clumber Park and caused damage both there and at Thoresby Park; writes that his fever and fits have returned but that after taking some bark he is feeling better; has also been treating himself using the 'South Method', as described; mentions that the winds have been high and have 'swept away many people, many sheep & all our Grass & I think all our money too'.

Wishes to know where the earl would like to check the accounts; can come to London if this is convenient; adds that he has sent a bill on Samuel Smith to Mr Winn for his fee farm rent; has not heard from Mr Bannister.
Termfires, forest
medical conditions, fits
medical treatments, 'the South Method'
rents, fee farm
weather, wind

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA38770Smith; Samuel (-1751); Mr; brother of Abel Smith; of Woodstreet and London-1751
NA38851Winn; Rowland (fl 1719-1730); Mr; recipient of a fee farm rent from Norton Nottinghamshirefl 1719-1730
NA38892Bannister; Edward (fl 1723-1729); Mr; attorney of the Templefl 1723-1729
NA38704Wenman; William (-1750); Mr; secretary and agent to the Duke and Duchess of Newcastle and the Earl and Countess of Oxford-1750
NA1047Harley; Edward (1689-1741); 2nd Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; styled Lord Harley 1711-17241689-1741
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