Letter to Robert Bower Esq, Welham, Malton, Yorkshire  from Joseph Saint, Haltwhistle Fulling Mill, 13th July 1837.


Transcribed by AMV and WJ Higgs


Haltwhistle Fulling Mill July 13th 1837


Dear sir,


I am under the necessity of wrighting to give you a statement of out present situation and  to now  if any repairs can be made, as we cannot do work to perfection in our present station.

First the damlead or ponding that turns the water ought of the Burn is taken away and every small flood leaves the Mill without water.

Secondly have for a number of years made repairs on the building would not have been tenable this forty years or more had we not repaired it ourselves, the roof of the dyehouse has fallen in this spring and the Mill and Mill house is in a bad state almost dangerous for men to work in.

Thirdly the River Tyne for upwards of thirty years has been taken away parts of the best of the Haugh Lands will have taken away five or six Acres for which no recompense was ever made   the railroad comes through the best of the other part of the Haugh Land should think we do not farm more than six or seven Acres, should like to have the land made up by letting us have some other, there is three small fields right before our door which is about three Acres and a quarter which will help to make up the loss will be in your power to grant  Smith gave me a promise of them but was not so good as his word they would answer well for the drying of our goods

Fourthly perhaps it would be proper to inform you that there is a Gentleman commenced Dying in opposition to the interests of your situation and contrary to an agreement you have in your possession as they have to pay 2/6 per year for the water they use for their mill on condition that they do not come in contact with the interests of neither of your mills that is to say the Corn mill and Fulling mill and this gentleman has commenced very much against ? Mr Bell ? mind, that is his landlord he new the consiquences that the water would be forfeited,  as the landlord told me himself

Miss Cuthbertson sought about ?three? days for the agreement was with difficulty she found it. Although a fortnight before her death sent down her compliments to me to say she would immediately stop his water, there is no doubt the water is forfeited more ways than one and if allowed to proceed in ?dying? will make your situation of less value.

Should think a letter from you would stop his proceeding.

Dear Sir submitting the above statements to your inspection and hoping you will take our present situation into consideration, we as a family has lived under your friends the Cuthbertsons for about four score years and for many years had the Townfoot  farm with this place  what demands immediate attention is the damlead  as can only be done in summer when the water is low and if you think well of it  I could get it done and keep accounts of the expense, ?or? Mr Stainthrop is often up could manage it- if things could be arranged would have no objection to take this place for a term of years- should be happy to have an interview with you the first time you come to Haltwhistle

Believe me when I subscribe myself yours truly


Joseph Saint


PS please wright me first opportunity should like to ?have? something done before winter



( Elizabeth Cuthbertson died Dec. 17th 1836)