Document ReferencePl C 1/792
TitleLetter from John Cossen to Edward, Lord Harley, Dover Street, London; n.d. [1717-1724]
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionReports that he attended the Land Tax appeal at Caxton where he attempted to get a reduction in the tax on the newly-purchased estate at Kingston [purchased in 1717]; refers to the total rents in 1715 which are now increased; describes his arguments about the tax on the underwood; writes that Mr Kimpton did not appear and he [Cossen] was not entirely certain about the rent; will do some research into the parish rates.

Adds that he has demanded damages from one of the assessors, Mr Sparks, who has cut down trees on Lord Harley's waste; reports that the brick wall around the Mellon ground is finished, but that work on 'the new Building' has not progressed since the floor was laid; refers to the provision of bricks and stone; requests instructions as to Mrs Judith Brown who is asking for boardwages though she is not on the list.

Date estimated with reference to Lord Harley's style of address and to the date of purchase of the Kingston estate.
Termtaxation, land tax
land, purchases of
building works, Wimpole

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA38992Kimpton; Edward (fl 1722-1727); Mr; tenant of 2nd Earl of Oxford at Kingston Wood Cambridgeshirefl 1722-1727
NA39372Sparks; - (fl 1722-1724); Mr; land tax assessor in Cambridgeshirefl 1722-1724
NA39373Brown; Judith (fl 1722-1724); Mrs; servant at Wimpolefl 1722-1724
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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