Mr Grey Mr Evans Finsbury Square London annotated Eliza & MA Grey March 33 Franked MR21 1833

Cleghorn Place, Newcastle 16 March 1833 My dearest George I am very sorry that you have not written to us since we came here except when we were at Mr Fenwicks where I received the letter which I answered from there we have put your letter and carefully by and sometimes take it out and give ourselves a treat by reading it. So my Father has at last given you leave to go to France. I am very glad that he has for I think you are perfectly to be trusted and it will improve you in the French language indeed I expect that you will be able to ?jabber French as fast as English when you come back. I hope however you will not turn conceited after all the ?advantages which you have had ?Postern/Rosters Master included but I do not think there is much chance of that. I suppose you will favor us with a call as you pass through Newcastle and I a sure if you do we will be delighted to see you it is a whole 6 months since I saw you longer than ever I was seperated from any of our family before this. Time is slipping ?past very swiftly I daresay my schooldays will soon go past and then Mary Anne and I will go and be your housekeepers at dear old Milfield Hill. I think my dear Father ?was to feel very much at leaving the place where he has resided all his life to be sure it is not so bad as if a stranger were going to inherit for he will be often there to look after you during your minority but perhaps you will think yourself above looking after. When my father was here he showed us a letter to him from John he is getting on very well with his studies and he says that if he studies very hard he may he thinks get the prize for Mathematics which it is more than I expected from John for I dare say you remember he used to be notorious for his putting off talent at home but he is so quick that if he applies himself at all he is shure to get on well he says he does not like Edinburgh any better unless because my Aunts ?Aitkins new house is nearer Arthur's Seat on which he sometimes gets a ramble on Saturdays Mary Anne and Mary and Jane Fenwick and I were at Mrs Johnstone's last Saturday and Mary Anne and I are going to spend our Easter holidays between there and ?Walker Charles Carr has got the jaundice and is as yellow as saffron I hardly knew him at first he has grown so tall and thin I like school a good deal better than I expected and I think am getting on pretty well with my lessons and I do not find them nearly so difficult as I did at first Mary Anne does hers very well also but she is rather given to distress over them however I think neither she nor I are so far back as I expected we should when we arrived there are some older than us in all case at/are first but there are some younger also as I suppose we may ?see or read governing/growing the ?mediocrity. I am learning drawing with Mrs Parker who is a very good teacher I only began when I came here so I cannot do much at it yet but I think I am improving a little. I remember at home you used to laugh at my milk maids and gypsy tents and things of that sort which I used to attempt to imitate you have been learning to draw but I suppose yours is architectural drawing I should think you would do it very well for you have a very correct eye. Mary since had a letter from Charley last week the first one he ever wrote in his life it was not very hard for him he says they have got Betty Clarkes goat to draw the carriage for Mr Cully's dog pilot had ?confied/confused it as he says and broken the shafts I remain dearest George Yours most affectionately H Eliza Grey

Newcastle 16th March 1833 My dearest George Since Eliza has written her part of the letter we have received yours for which we were very much obliged to you. I would have liked to have been with you when went to see the Docks I suppose you did not see any ships there like my red ? savers. You speak about a Mr Turnbull but I do not know who he is. You are much use?more? to him if you think . Eliza is always chairman of our society we elect one every week I was chairman last week. I hope you will get a nice companion to go to France with you. I thought Mr Selby was going with you. I thought Edward Carr intended to go to France he would be a very nice companion for you. Give my love to Grandmamma and Grandpapa and Mrs Morgan I am sorry to hear that Mr Morgan is no better I am afraid she will have a sad time with him but she bears it very well I think, tell Grandmama that there is a young lady here called Miss Bargate who knew her very well when she used to live at Newcastle and she sends her love to her We have got yours and Johns Likenesses here and Aunt Lundies. I often take a peep at you and think of the days that we used to ride and walk together. I am very glad to hear that John is getting on so well Mr Inglis says he thinks he is doing very well, I was astonished to hear that your French master says you are getting on so well I hope you will take good care of your self in France and bring yourself safe home and call on us as you go though Newcastle I remain Dear Brother Your affectionate sister Mary Ann

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From R Ducane at Grays Inn to George Annett Grey about the finances of Hon and Rev R F Grey. Annotated: No 1 R. Du Cane Rev.d F. R. Grey.

The Hon. and Rev. Francis Richard Grey was sixth son of Charles, second Earl Grey of Howick. The Grey Chapel at St James' Morpeth was built in his memory.

"November 26, 1857. This morning the Northumberland and District Bank suspended operations. This vast and thriving community - Newcastle and neighbourhood - was altogether unprepared for the intelligence, which transpired on the previous day, after bank hours, by telegraph from London, that the drafts of the bank had been dishonoured by it's London Agents, Messrs. Barclay & Co., and Messrs. Glynn and Co. Any vague hope, still indulged, that such a result might be averted were extinguished this morning by the bank remaining closed, and the following notice posted up:- "The Directors of the Northumberland and Durham District Banking Company lament to announce that, owing to the long continued monetary pressure and the difficulty of rendering available the resources of the bank, they have felt themselves obliged to suspend its operations. Deposits and credit balances will be paid fully as soon as possible."Source.

John Grey of Dilston, G. A. Grey of Millfield Hill, and C. Grey Grey of Ballykisteen, were all shareholders in the bank. A final liquidation dividend of 19d in the pound was paid. Other shareholders mentioned in Hannah's letter are listed here. There was a parliamentary inquiry See here.

From R Compton about the lease of Milfield Ninths. Annotated: R. Compton Blake. Blake refers to the owners of the farm Milfield Ninths. Compton was probably the Blake’s land agent. George Annett Grey bought Milfield Ninths from Sir Francis Blake in 1877.

Berwick 16 Oct 1857

Dear George, There will be no difficulty in granting the new lease of the Ninths. The only thing is about the 5 per cent for prompt payment. That allowance is much objected to by the Insurance people in London, whom I saw a few days ago. Would you consent to have that clause struck out? Sincerely Yours, R. Compton

G. A. Grey Esq.

Letters to George Annett Grey

Letters in Berwick archives (NRO 496 - Grey of Milfield) See also letters to him from his parents here.

Grays Inn 12th August 1857

My dear Sir, You are aware that several advances have been made to Mr F. Grey by the Duke of Sutherland, L.d Carlisle, L.d Grey & Mr Labouchere to enable the trustees of the deed of arrangement of 1857 to pay off some of the debts scheduled to that deed and to liquidate others since accrued - The sums have been advanced in the following proportions The D of Sutherland £1,500 Ld Carlisle 1,400 Ld Grey 400 Mr Labouchere 1000 Total 4,300 interest at £4 perCent is payable on £3000 in equal proportions to the Duke, Ld Carlisle and Mr Labouchere. £1300 has I believe been applied in payment of the Debts accrued since the deed of 1857- £1000 has been applied in paying off a Bond due to Miss ?Bramell & scheduled to that deed - as much of the balance as is required is to be applied in payment of the amt: remaining due to the Northumberland & Durham Bank also scheduled to the deed - and if anything remains it will be applied in payment of some other Scheduled Debt - The first charges on the income of the living ( wh: is applied to trustees by the deed of 1857) are to pay £300 a year to Mr Grey for the Curates salaries - £75-17-11 for premium on Policies (I am not certain that this sum is correct) - £65 the interest on Miss Craster's debt - the interest on the other debts including the £3000 now advanced & Rates and Repairs to the Rectory house and Chancels - Whatever surplus remains is to be applied in discharging the principal of the debts - I believe the income is about £1659 and the immediate charges thereon are abt: £929 - leaving rather more than £700 a year applicable towards paying the principle of the debts. Mr Grey’s affairs are now in your hands and I should be very glad if you would: send for the information of the Duke Ld Carlisle & Mr Labouchere a statement of the sources of income & the particulars of the outgoings and charges thereon that they may see at a glance how matters will stand in reference to their loan. Believe me to be faithfully yours Mr DuCane

G: A: Grey Esq.

D C Mar 9.57

My dear Mr Grey, I am very much obliged to you for your letter. I shall naturally wish to give all the countenance in my power to any Liberal Candidate for South Northd, who may be disposed to support the Gent of Lord Palmerston. I suppose we may rely on Sir George Grey having no trouble at Morpeth. Very faithfully Yours Carlisle

On reverse Ld Carlise Mar 9.57

Castle Howard

My dear Mr Grey I should like to know how far this unfortunate failure of the N & D affects the district, and myself. I hope the last Rents were not there. I fear the general effect must be very disastrous.- Has Lord Grey suffered at all?

Yours very truly Carlisle

Annotated: Ld Carlisle Bank 57

Annotated: Fowler July 11 & 12 Sheep
Dartmoor July 11 1848 Safe arrived are the 60 Cheviots this afternoon - they are a nice lot - I wish I had 100 of them. -The Ram from Dec.r 20 to the 3 of this month gained 42 lbs - I took him up from grass that day (July 3) he has now corn & cut grass on rich oak 3/4 of an inch asunder. - One of my neighbours who was hotly opposed to the use of the Ram when he came, now wants me to let him put half a dozen of his Dartmoor Ewes to him - the Lambs surprise the people & they now think the cross is a valuable one. - Next week I send to the large sale of Cotswold Rams to put to the 60 Cheviots one of this far famed stock; I am opposed in this step which strengthens my belief in being right. - I wait your debit note and with best wishes remain, dear Sir, Yours Truly, Geo Wm Fowler

Annotated J. Short with red chalk writing across the whole : “Stoppage of District Bank” Northshields 25, Nov Dear Sir, By this post I send you "Allgoods" form properly made out. You will observe in two of them .2 fields drawed to-gether . and the acreage not seperately given. Will that do? are they all in "Northumberland" I put in Pencil Improvement at 12pcent as it was at that rate in his former drainage. I will send off the others this week You will have heard the various reports set afloat by Officious Newspapers. Set afloat to be contradicted the next day – but calculated to do immense mischief. So far as I can learn there was no pressure whatever and I am glad to say (so far as my position allows me to judge) there is even yet no uneasiness manifested by the public ? Why should there? Their money is safe and the only thing they can do is mischief and possibly bring about the very thing they dread by insanely rushing who to be first. In my own opinion the passing thro' /47 has taught people here to pay considerable respect to the Establishment, but like every thing that appears above its fellows it has enemies and many to circulate even the most ?bazarre and injurious reports – this will not be posted till afternoon and I will see if all remains quiet. My only surprise is how people have kept so after that rascally daily express publishing such a paragraph – which they knew or ought to have known was contradicted two hours after being sent by the same parties who sent it. Our poor little girl is very ill- and I am not over well. Yours very respectfully Mr Short

I will write tomorrow

GAGrey Esq Milfield

I can just save post – we have received orders to Close the Bank Stopped payment

20 DE VERE GARDENS W. 12/4/89 Dear Mr Grey, Thanks for the trouble you are taking, I think the rent they are asking is a great deal too much. I will be obliged therefore if you will let them know I cannot entertain the idea of taking it. Yours truly Carmarthan George Grey Esq PTO On thinking the matter over as I am in no immediate hurry, supposing that they should not be able to let Coupland, I would give 200£ (a perhaps a little more) for it from July 1st to Nov 1st if the house is in anything like condition that it would be possible to live in.
annotated Burdon/Busdon ?Sanderson ?Jesmond 23 April 1857 Dear Sir, They say All's well that ends well. I regret the confusion that has arisen from my stupidity, but I have to thank you for your kind donation to our funds, and have also to add that Sir J Grey himself has also ?handsomely given us a second donation for which I feel the more grateful from the ?awkward mistake which I had committed with him. We are now looking forward with great impatience to breaking ground at ?Netherton/Kitterton which I hope is not now far distant. I am dear Sir faithfully yours ? RN Sanderson Esq George A Grey Esq PS I have forwarded your cheque to Mr ?Neive our secretary

annotated Col. Grey

?Ednb ?Dec 18/68 My Dear Sir, Many thanks for your letter of Saturday. I think 50 ?bales of oats for the moment will be enough – at any moment when you can spare time ?but ?are ?at/& ?Coupland I shall be much obliged to you to give James directions about having them properly put away, turned ?etc I enclose a note to Douglas requesting him to transfer £100 from me to your account and as soon as I get back to Coupland which I hope will be by Friday 12th ?Jan.y I will settle my balance with you. I am afraid I have been longer in your debt for rent ?etc Than I ought to have been. We are off tomorrow for Ireland for a fortnights ?hunting and I expect to be back here by Saturday the 6th . My direction during my absence will be H. Herbert's ?Esq ?Muckross Killarney Ireland Mrs Grey is quite well and desires to be remembered to you and Mrs Grey. I am sir Your very ?tru.y C Grey

The 2 eldest of George's younger sisters Hannah Eliz and Mary Ann writing to him from their school in Newcastle. In 1833. Hannah would have been 14 and Mary Anne 12 George was 18. Their father John was about to move to Dilston.
This may be from the Duke of St Albans who had married Lady Sybil Mary Grey (28 November 1848 – 7 September 1871, London), daughter of Lt.-Gen. The Hon. Sir Charles Grey and granddaughter of Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, on 20 June 1867 in London. The family seat was Bestwood Lodge in Nottinghamshire and he also lived at 13 Grosvenor Crescent SW in London. His eldest son was called Albert who succeeded in 1898.
annotated 13 Gros. Cres. written on black edged paper Dear Grey, It is very nice to see your handwriting again. The reason I did not answer your kind letter before was that I was very uncertain of my financial position. Of course as you know my father's property was not very large. There is a colliery that brings in regularly about 12-14,000 a year. After my father's death – without going into figures It looked like my having about 10,000 a year – but those d-d death duties of Sir W. Harcourt means 3,000 a year to come for 8 years . And - ?Tes/Mrs/Tues Ufield although he wrote the will did not know – or pretended not to know that 1/4 had to be capitalised. As you know I am very fond of your Cheviot Hills and proposed to Albert to give you a pack of hounds and horses nothing which I should have liked better to have done – and taken Copeland until the d-d death duties had been paid. Everything has been so tightly tied up I fear that is almost impossible. I am letting ?Bestwood and as ?this/ones that covers ?our/one family at present - it is necessary to have an establishment -I think I could afford rest missing

annotated R Compton Blake  Berwick 19  Oct 1857 Dear George I will show your  letter,  or rather state its contents, to  Capt Blake  tonight,  so far as they  relate to the ?abatement  for prompt payment. As to the rent  charge of  £10 on  ?Stotford not noticed in the conditions of sale ,you are entitled to an abatement on the farm ?house  money equivalent to the value of the £10 per year. Truly yours R Compton

G A Grey Esq Milfield Hill

annotated Blake Tillmouth 5 September 1857 Dear Sir, I have just received a letter from Gray who wishes me to inform you that if the property does not come up to the reserved bidding fixed by the Court of ?Chancers/Chancelry he fully expects to be able to arrange for a sale by private contracts. This I trust will be accomplished, both on Sir Francis Blake's acc.t, and your own, but should the bidding even exceed the reserved sum you might still be the best bidder by which the object in view may be obtained. I do not know if anything more need be said on the subject than/then in my letters of the 2nd , but should anything arise I would have an opportunity to see on the 29 at the Sale. I am dear Sir Yours truly ?Carmichael G. G. Grey Esq Milfield Hill

illegible writing on reverse

My Dear Sir, I send you the results of a good deal of thought last night in the Club affairs. It seems a simple and plain case to me. Individuals ?noting expenses all/or ?liable for them. The Club collecting - that is – each member individually - ?being all answerable for his own ?subscription You may share my letter with Mr Robertson – Douglas - ? a.t them you please – if there is a meeting of the Club, ? I could declare the same opinion – and vote for an express understanding that one ?current ?subscription ? that /each? so in ? the first ?instance to the current expenses. Yours very faithfully C. Grey I'd rather like to keep a copy of my letter in case of anything being discussed ?a the ?meeting. Perhaps you will let me have it again when I come back from London. ?An understanding on this subject/conflict is a clear one there must be a ?risk ?of /as become a member again on that condition

annotated Col Grey June 12 – 48 Club

annotated Cunningham July 4 48 Coldstream 3rd July 1848 Sir, I am favoured with your letter of the 30th also accompanying copy of the late George Winter's Will which I have communicated to James Hume. I have advised him under the circumstances to give up the articles to Eleanor Winter contained in the list you sent him on payment ?by her of the funeral expenses £1-19/- and the Surgeon's charge for medicine and attendance upon Jane Winter during her last illness 14/6 together £2-13-6d Jane Winter's next of kin also reserve right to claim any Interest that may be due on the amount lodged with Mr Cully upon which she informed them that she never had received any Interest during the whole period she survived her husband. I will feel obliged if you can acquaint me to whom application should be made to ascertain if any part of this Interest is still due or if it has been all paid to Isaac Winter. I am Sir, Your most obedient servant Wm. Cunningham George A. Grey Esq. Milfield Hill Nr Wooler

annotated Captain F. W. Grey purchase Howick Grange Nov. 29 1848

My Dear Sir, We do not differ in the number of year's purchase at which we value the land – nor apparently much in the annual value except that you do not allude to the plantations which must increase it considerably above the present rent - £24, 000 divided by 28 gives £857 and I think this not an unreasonable value to put upon the farm and indeed except under the peculiar land circumstances Lord Grey would hardly have been inclined to sell at this rate. Since the present depression of land is not I think likely to continue many years. I shall forward your letter to him and shall expect to hear from you again. You will probably have already heard that the Colonel's wife has been safely delivered of a girl and was doing well. I have some thoughts of a visit to your part of the country this ? I can hardly say exactly when – would it be convenient to you to receive Mr and Mrs Grey ?Yours truly Fred Wm Grey G A Grey Esq.

Liverpool July 10 1847 Dear Sir, I am fav'd with your address to your father who obligingly intimated to me you have a young man Jn.o Black I think the name who is qualified and disposed to come to me as Bailiff. May I ask you to say to him if he comes and suits me, that is if he is steady and vigilant in overlooking the men, gets me good Root crops and looks sharply at all the matters connected with the draining and improvement of about 400 acres of rough common land , he will find a very comfortable situation, this will entirely depend upon himself. I will find foreign manure to start Root crops to begin with and afterwards Cattle for it will be a Stock farm must produce manure. The Title to the land I daily hope to have made good and as soon as it is I sld wish ?Jn Black to come to me at ?L'pool and I will put him in the way of going to the estate which is only about 15 or 16 miles from Plymouth – 8 miles from Tavistock and 20 from Exeter – it forms a part of the celebrated Dartmoor with the river Dart running through the grounds. I cannot close this without saying it is my wish for Jn Black not to leave you until quite convenient to you that he may do so. I will write again as soon as I can take possession. As to the ploughman alluded to – if he is first rate and willing to turn his hand to any work, I'd do with him at usual wages, £50 to ? ? ? for the Bailiff and house ?fee/free I am dear Sir Yours truly ?Carobles/GWSobles

I do not want a Bailiff to do much work himself but actively early or late look after others

In case Jn Black should wish to ask me any questions the cover with this has my private address-


Buckingham Palace Dec 15th 1847 My Dear Sir, I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, telling me that you have paid £24 to my account for your sheep feeding. I am much obliged to you for taking the trouble of writing to me about the ?hedge I think the ?drying ? the ?clothes will be no difficulty to ?Hendrick /Frederick making the arrangement he proposes. I should not like to have them hung out upon the hedges by the road side – but I have no doubt some convenient place may be found where they will not ?signify The frost broke up here on Saturday night and we have today one of the finest days I ever was out in. I hope we have now got rid of winter for good, and that the end of the season may make up to Lord Sliho and his field for their disappointment hitherto. The run you describe must have been a regular Clipper, and I hope with all my heart that you may have many such before the hunt closes. Yours very truly C Grey

annotated on reverse Coln Grey Buck.m Palace Feb 15 47 receipt for £24 to do F

annotated Coln Grey April 20, 47 My Dear Sir, I arrived in London from Italy and the Mediterranean the night before last, and received your last letter, as well as that which you wrote to me to Rome about Lord Sliho, which was sent back to England. As Lord Sliho has got Etal, I need say no more about this, except that if I had let Coupland, I could not have wished a better tenant, but I do not reckon I am to live myself during the winter if I were to part with it. I wish I could see the possibility of being able to keep two such nags as you request but it is much probable that the little pony will follow the others, and that unless I make up my mind to sit on the rump of a Cuddy without saddle or bridle, I must be content to go for the future on my own feet. However for the present I have my pony, and I shall probably want some one in the shape of a helper -Meredith's giving me a spare cottage. I don't know what James' plans are as to his Housekeeping, whether he is to stay with ?you or not. But if he liked to have one of those cottages, to serve me in the capacity of Helper , making himself generally useful, at 14/- a week, without any ?clothing from me , but with food in the house while we are there I should be glad to take him back on these terms. And his wife ?Fatune if she liked it, & ?child there was nothing to interfere with her working, might undertake the laundry on the terms of wages and food while we are there. I do not want to take James from you, I merely mention this in case it should suit the young couple, tho' as to the laundry part of this arrangement it would be necessary to speak to Mrs ? Ryrie first, in case she should have engaged any one else, I will write to her to speak ?again about it and if by possibility this arrangement should suit Mr Mr James ?Harris/Baras I shall be obliged to you to make it for me. I give the gardener, of course, the option of moving in to Meredith's cottage, should he not wish to move James might have it. Whatever he decides, tho' I can ill afford it, I should wish to give him a little help, and if you will give him five Pounds for me, I shall be obliged to you. I write waiting ?in/on the ?l and shall lose no time when it is over in getting once more down to the ? ? County/Country work being in. Believe me Yours very truly C.Grey

annotated Joseph Hardy Alnwick 12 June 1820 ( Note: this cannot be correct , the letter must be after 1848, posse 1850?) Dear Sir, I received your favor of the 10th inst with a Ck for Seventeen pounds which is payed to your credit – there was no occasion to apologise about a short delay in sending it – any time that suits yourself will suit me. I am glad to hear Mrs Grey has accomplished her trip to Holy Island and sincerely hope she will receive much benefit from the change of air etc - it is to be regreted your matters would not allow you to give a little of your time to join the party. I would indeed have been most happy to avail myself of your kind invitation but my very precarious state of heath and great weakness prevents me leaving my own fireside or a change of bed. I have not done so since I visited you & and Mr C Howey for years – excepting a day and a half on my visit to your sister at Charlton Hall as a Bride in Sept -1848 -nor is it likely I shall be enabled to do so. I hope however Mrs G. Grey will be able to pay me a quiet visit whenever it is convenient – that we may not quite forget each other – it will afford me great pleasure. I write with great difficulty and am as usual tired and weary – and with kind love to your good lady and yourself must conclude this scrawl. I am Dear Sir Yours most truly Jos: Hardy

G A Grey Esq Milfield Hill

annotated Woodman. Blake Morpeth , Sept. 1857 My dear Sir, I have just received the particulars of the sale of Sir F. Blake's property, as I suppose you have also. Three lots are to be sold 1. Harper Ridge; 2. Stotford head or rather so much of it as is to the south of the lane leading to the garden & 3. Part of Stotford Hd and kiln ?of ? ute/Kilngute lying between lot 2 and the Mansion House, containing 37 a. Would not the purchase of the last lot serve your object? The ?corner of the mansion house would be at your mercy. The sale is on the 29th Sept; you and I might meet Mr Martin in the week previous. ?Truly W. Woodman

G. A. Grey Esq. Millfield Hill

annotated Mr Robertson Ladykirk 25 June 1848 Club Mr dear Sir, I have your letter enclosing a copy of Colonel Grey's to you. I was at Couplands yesterday, calling on Mrs Grey as Mrs Robertson was unable to go over. I wish the Colonel had spoken to me about it, as there is much to say, it is much easier to speak upon a subject involving so many points, yet unexplained to him or to anyone. Besides it it one in which I hardly like to trust myself to write , as I felt and feel so strongly on the result and of the last meeting of the Club at ?Wooler - and I ?cured/?could discuss it with the more profit rates further with Col. Grey or indeed any one who knows the circumstances and will hear ?in ?has ?know/hand both sides of the question. Besides there is no difficulty about the matters or of the Club getting out of Debt, if any examination had him made in regard to subscribers or more ?men/new made but you know as much as I do that no one but myself and latterly yourself ?had ?under taken any trouble about it. Col. Grey is also quite right in his advice to you and in his principle also that the members of any Club or any Body ?are not legally (however this may be morally) liable for any debt incurred by their manager till they make such Debt their own by approving at a meeting of the Club the accounts and passing them Such, whether fortunately or not was done. & as ?entry as you know made to that effect and signed by Mr ?Hughes as Chairman . ? I think that I was not present. But you may ask any lawyer if you would like for ?many notes on it