Private papers, letters and diaries: Letters of Samuel Waring


(p 70) 11 Mar. 1740 Letter from Richard Gumbleton, Tallow, to Mr Justice Ward, Dublin.

He acknowledges a letter of the 7th inst and has written to Mr. Bible 'but his being from home has hinder'd any progress.'

(p 102) 22 Apr. 1741 Letter from Richard Gumbleton, Tallow, to Mr Justice Ward, Dublin.

He refers to 'setting the lands of Mogeely and Curriglass, joyned with John Bible', whom he has pressed to collect arrears of rent. He has 'perswaded Mrs. Meade to consent to give a mortgage on her holding ... I chatted with Mr. Crooker about the exchange land ...' Councellor Charles Smyth is to speak to Judge Ward about purchasing Curriglass. 'I pray you will order Bible to settle accounts with the severall tenants ...'

(p 96) 20 May 1741 Letter from John Bible, Curryglass, to Michael Ward.

He sends 'Mr. Walter Crokers answer to that part of Judge Wards letter ... wch relates to the lands leased by Collr Maynard and Collr Croker to each other'. He refers to Mrs. Meade 'mortgaging her lease for Curryglass' and to Mr. Gumbleton's negotiations with her and also to the estate accounts.

(p 95) 2 June 1741 Letter from John Bible, Curryglass, to Michael Ward, Dublin.

He reports negotiations in which Mr. Gumbleton took part with Mr. Croker and Mrs. Meade about their leases. 'Since the report of Mr. Gervais's having a power to dispose of Curryglass and that he intends doing it very speedily, I was made some advantagious offers by Mr. Oliver for me and my small family'. But before engaging in any business for him he hopes to settle his accounts with Judge Ward satisfactorily.

(p 109) 3 June 1741 Letter from Richard Gumbleton, Tallow, to Mr Justice Ward, Dublin.

... 'I much wonder Mr. Smith has not wrote to you somewhat about Curriglass for he was full of it at Corke the last assize ... Mr. Croker is content to take a surrender of his land and keep Maynards land for the remainder of his lease' Mrs. Meade will assign her lease as 'she has not a shilling to pay'. He reports on the letting of lands at Curryglass and Mogeely and complains of Bible's delays in collecting the rents ... 'The orchards promise but indifferently'.

(p 92) 10 Aug. 1741 Letter from Thomas Squire, to Judge Ward, Dublin, readdressed to Downpatrick.

'... You have very justly preferrd Mr. Crips to the young man I recommended; ... if you would allow Mr. Crips to propose a reward for convicting any persons yt cutt trees on yr land it would be a great advantage to you. I this year took ye lower part of Curriglass for meadows ...' He reports a poor yield of hay and writes 'twenty years mowing without any manure must impoverish land'. He adds a postscript about the cutting of trees 'and if Mr. Gumbleton woud have Cashman his tent taken others would be in fear'.

(p 97) 17 Nov. 1741 Letter from John Bible, Clonodfoy to Michael Ward, Dublin.

'It was with the utmost concern and surprize I heard from Mr. Oliver that you were pleas'd to represent to him how unsatisfactory my accts were ... I presume Mr. Gumbleton ... was the instigator of your displeasure for upon my secureing the possession of Curryglass when be broughte the Sheriffe to take it, he threatned to be even with me ...' He has delivered to Mr. Cripps a rentroll for each year since Mr. Maynard's death. He asks 'what it is that gives you so much dissatisfaction' and hopes to 'redress the same without the expence of a lawsuit'.

Public Record Office for Northern Ireland, Ref: D2092/1/5
1740s



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