Document ReferencePl C 1/777
TitleLetter from John Cossen, Wimpole, to Mr [William] Thomas at the Earl of Oxford's, Dover Street, London; 8 Jan. 1735/6
Date8 January 1736
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionDescribes in detail the proposed movement of tenants between houses and cottages on the estate; lists which houses certain tenants would like to lease and the alterations which they would want made; states that one single woman presently living in a cottage would be put into service and her illegitimate child taken away from her; adds that one house would be divided into two tenements so no new houses would need to be built.

Mentions a proposal to divide the ground at Stephen Hawk's farm which he thinks will not be done as it is better to use the land which goes down to the river as a sheep walk; writes that the late Charles Gunter's brother Thomas has enquired after a box of clothes promised to him, which was sent to Dover Street and is in the custody of Mr Cuttle.

Suggests that when 'my Lady' [Henrietta Countess of Oxford] sends the box to Herefordshire she could also send the £5 left to him by his brother and which needs to be paid within three months of 12 November; writes that William Ratford and his men are waiting for orders before they fell trees for the year's repairs; was pleased to hear of Lord Dupplin's victory in the election; will distribute the usual charity on Wednesday.

Letter dated 8 Jan. 1735/6.
Termtenants, Wimpole
tenants, housing of
children, illegitimate
women, treatment of
estate business, Wimpole

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA39090Gunter; Charles (-1735); Mr; brewer candle and soap maker at Wimpole-1735
NA39357Gunter; Thomas (fl 1736); Mr; brother of Charles Gunter; of Preston upon Wye Herefordshirefl 1736
NA39113Cuttle; Godfrey (fl 1725-1736); Mr; servant to 2nd Earl of Oxford in Dover Streetfl 1725-1736
NA1048Harley; Henrietta Cavendish (1694-1755); Countess of Oxford and Mortimer; née Lady Henrietta Cavendish Holles wife of the 2nd Earl of Oxford1694-1755
NA39170Ratford; William (fl 1727-1739); Mr; tenant of 2nd Earl of Oxford in Cambridgeshirefl 1727-1739
NA11474Hay; Thomas (1710-1787); 9th Earl of Kinnoull; succ. 1758; styled Viscount Dupplin until 17581710-1787
NA39358Hawks; Stephen (fl 1736); Mr; tenant of 2nd Earl of Oxford in Cambridgeshirefl 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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