Document ReferencePl C 1/491
TitleLetter from John Cossen, Wimpole, to Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford, Dover Street, London; 2 Apr. 1725
Date2 April 1725
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionHopes that Lady Margaret [daughter of the earl, later Duchess of Portland] has recovered well from the smallpox; reports that Mr Cole has received the broccoli seeds and that Mr Pridmore and Mr Belcher are about to start work on glazing the chapel windows; writes that a court has been held at Kingston Wood and an appraisal of Mr Kimpton's goods taken; lists meat sent to London; mentions that he has abandoned negotiations with Mr Papworth over Kingston Wood Farm because he demands too large a rent reduction, as did Mr Smith; has taken Mr William Woodham around the farm and wishes to know whether the earl would accept him as a tenant.

Proposes, if a tenant cannot be found, to let the outlying fields to the adjoining tenants and to keep the rest in hand; sends the letter with John Bouron who wishes to speak with the earl; requests an indications of how many candles are needed for the earl's family in Dover Street and Down Hall, and undertakes to account for the same with the Excise Office for the purposes of composition duty.
Termtenants, Wimpole
building works, Wimpole, glazing
medical conditions, smallpox, Lady Margaret Harley
taxation, composition duty
estate business, Wimpole

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1079Bentinck; Margaret Cavendish (1715-1785); Duchess of Portland; née Cavendish-Harley; dau. of 2nd Earl of Oxford; m 2nd Duke of Portland 17341715-1785
NA39021Cole; - (fl 1723-1735); Mr; gardener at Wimpolefl 1723-1735
NA38950Pridmore; John (fl 1718-1731); Mr; supervisor of repairs and rebuilding at Wimpole and Down Hallfl 1718-1731
NA39107Belcher; - (fl 1725-1734); Mr; glazier/workman at Wimpolefl 1725-1734
NA38992Kimpton; Edward (fl 1722-1727); Mr; tenant of 2nd Earl of Oxford at Kingston Wood Cambridgeshirefl 1722-1727
NA39020Papworth; Richard (fl 1723-1725); Mr; of Knapwell Cambridgeshirefl 1723-1725
NA39108Woodham; William (fl 1725-1731); Mr; tenant of 2nd Earl of Oxford at Kingston Cambridgeshirefl 1725-1731
NA38991Bouron; John (fl 1722-1731); Mr; servant at Wimpole working with horsesfl 1722-1731
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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