Document ReferencePl C 1/748
TitleLetter from John Cossen, Wimpole, to Mr [William] Thomas at the Earl of Oxford's, Dover Street, London; 11 Aug. 1734
Date11 August 1734
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionHas asked Mr Streke to send a buck to Dover Street as per instructions from 'my Lord' [2nd Earl of Oxford]; fears that not enough money can be raised from rents to pay off the big debts but will do his best once the harvest expenses have been settled; writes that he and Robert Pate discovered Mr Peck beginning to cut down the barley crop and prevented him from doing so; a man was left guarding the field as Thomas Masthil was in Shepreth with his family bringing in the crop there.

Writes that he again found Mr Peck trying to take away the barley, this time with 6 or 7 men, and told him to leave since he had no right to be there as the farm was let to Thomas Masthil; adds that the constable was called but the men left with a small amount of barley which they left in a barn; reports a discussion with Mr York about the situation who advised Mr Masthil to bring in the crop as soon as possible; he could not do so, so the earl's teams are to do it under the eye of the constable.
Termagriculture, harvest
estate business, distraints
crimes, theft

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA39138Streke; - (fl 1727-1735); Mr; dog-keeper and gamekeeper at Wimpolefl 1727-1735
NA39313Pate; Robert (fl 1733-1739); Mr; bailiff at Wimpolefl 1733-1739
NA39323Peck; James (fl 1734-1735); Mr; distrained tenant of 2nd Earl of Oxford in Cambridgeshirefl 1734-1735
NA39324Masthil; Thomas (fl 1734); Mr; tenant of 2nd Earl of Oxford in Cambridgeshirefl 1734
NA1047Harley; Edward (1689-1741); 2nd Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; styled Lord Harley 1711-17241689-1741
NA39144York; - (fl 1727-1736); Mr; attorney for 2nd Earl of Oxford; of Cambridgefl 1727-1736
NA38705Cossen; John (fl 1713-1738); Mr; wood agent later chief agent of 2nd Earl of Oxford at Wimpolefl 1713-1738
NA38810Thomas; William (fl 1715-1742); Mr; steward for the 2nd Earl of Oxford's Marylebone estatefl 1715-1742
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