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Letter from William Gale acting attorney for Haughton James #26 who had inherited Haughton Tower in Hanover from his father and Hyde in St Thomas in the Vale through his mother.† This is one of 24 letters dating from August 1763 to February 1767 which appear to be an almost complete interchange† between them. This letter is particularly revealing as it links to the Hyde, Halstead, Emily, Baillie material already †on this site. See /Members/HydeHalsteadEmily.htm. Haughton James never returned to Jamaica, never married, and finally left Haughton Tower to his cousinís grandson, William Rhodes James.
††† I had the Pleasure to write to you Last on the 30th August and am lately favoured with your Letter of May 30th and July 30th the Delay of which in their Progress to me is a little unaccountable, unless they are retarded at Home -
††† The chief Subject of the first has been the late Object of my Attention & it is with particular Satisfaction that I assure you the Bond to De Stapleton can never affect you, but before I give you that History, permit me to touch on other Matters -
††† The Accounts arrived with you, show fully the State of your Affairs here, as Mr Venn left them, and your Circumstances are clear and independent now from the Application to that Purpose, of part of the last Crop which for the future may all go to you except some of the Rum for annual Contingencies which may be sold more advantageously here than shiped to you, & this should be a Standing Rule -
†† The Account with Mr Bourke charged to Mr Arcedeckne will have Weight to draw the Commission Business to a happy Crisis, which I wish accomplished between you at Home, and Mr Dunkley's Reconveyance being recorded, & a Receipt come lately to hand from Mr Launce (tho' not the usual Release) sufficiently discharge your Estate from the One, & will protect it effectually from any Ill Use than can be attempted to be made of the other Mortgage on Record -
††† Mr Dawes writes me every thing goes on well at Haughton Tower, where I wish to have your Permission to put on a few Young Negroes, and from whence I have not yet been able to get the bespoke Survey of the Lands and Cane Pieces, which shall be forwarded to you as soon as it reaches my hands.
††† I was a few Days ago at Hyde where every thing fourishes [sic] with the Appearance of a Good Crop, the Negroes and Stock in Health & good Order, the Plant. 50 odd Acres finished, and all the Estate clean - Nothing surely but the distressed State of Affairs here, and the bankrupt Conditions of publick Credit prevent the Sale of this Property, offered now at Market under every Sutable [sic] Recommendation to a Purcher [sic] without a Single Offer at it. The House in Town too, for the same Reason, is on hand - and as this Cause will not Speedily be removed, the Effects will probably continue to opperate so as to put it out of my Power to sell for you either of these Propertys while I stay here, and I am quite at a Loss who to intrust with them at my Departure, fixed for May or June next -
†† Inclosed is a List of some Old Papers, the Property of Mrs Baillie, which are now I suppose of little Value, however I took them from Mr Venns with an Old Silver Box, containing a Gold Snuff Box, some mourning Rings and Locket, which are left with Mr Sampson Facey, the Factor to Hyde Estate, to be forwarded to you by the first Conveyance, who has also Directions to prepare and send to you, the Pine Plants you desire
†† I now proceed to the Business you are most Anxious about at present, and am happy in Sending you so clear & favourable an Account of it, as the following - Richard James (your Grandfather) by Bond dated the 22nd of July 1724 became bound unto Leopold De Stapleton in the Penal Sum of 2000£ with Conditions (as Supposed from what is after mentioned) for Payment of 1000£ with Interest -
†† Leopold De Stapleton died in the Year 1728 - and by his Will appointed Andrew Arcedeckne, Alger Pestell, Edwin Sandys, Davey Kelly & Haughton James Executors - Arcedeckne, Pestell and Kelly proved the Will, and in Novemr Grand Court 1733 a Judgment was obtained on said Bond in the name of Andrew Arcedeckne as Surviving acting Executor of Leopold De Stapleton against said Richard James - This Judgment rested without any Writ of Execution being issued or other Proceeding had thereon untill August Court 1747 when on a Scire Facias brought on said Judgment in the Name of Andrew Arcedeckne, the Judgment was revived, & an Execution issued thereon returnable Feb. G. Court 1747 -
On the 7th of Decemr. 1747. Rich. James filed his Bill in the Court of
Chancery here against said
†† No Proceedings have been since had at Law or in Equity on said Bond and Judgment -
†† A Claim is made on Mr. Arcedeckne for a Legacy left by Mr De Stapleton to a Natural Daughter of his, now Mrs Wiley, and it is alleged Mr. Arcedeckne has no Fund to Satisfy the Same but this Bond and Judgment, which cannot affect your Property, but if payable at all, must come out of the Estates of Richard James in the Hands of his Son Montague -
††† Thus, my Dear Sir, tho' I have fatiqued both you and myself, with this long Search and Account, the Issue is, I trust, equally Satisfactory to you, as I assure you it is to
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Your affectionate Friend
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and most huml. Servt.
†††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††W. Gale
[To] Haughton James Esqr.
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