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Letter to Governor Thomas
Trenton, April 10th 1742


If I remember your proposalls at Yates, concerning the letter of your house nigh this place, they were that you would expend 200 pounds in putting of it into repaire & building of a wing for a kitchen to lodge servants: & would, so repair'd, let it with the grounds about it within fence for 60 pounds per annum -- that the lessee might cut his firewood, but not of timber trees -- that there should be a lease for 5 yeares, & that if I became your tennant, the lease should determine within the 5 yeares, if either I dyed or his majestie was pleas'd to remove me from the government. I should have added another condition, w'ch tho' it may seem unlikely to many that it should happen, yet your experience has shewn it to be possible, & I believe it not improbable in case those I have to do with take it in their heads, w'ch I have abundent reason to think them capable of doing, & that is -- withdrawing the house rent or sallary, w'ch if they do I shall be under a necessity of going to my own house, in w'ch case it would be hard to pay 60 pounds per annum. [The repairs necessary are then referred to at some length.]

A notion has obtain'd that it is an unhealthy place; & it may prove so for aught I know; but I own, according to the best Judgment I can forme, I cannot see any reason for it if the meadows be well ditched, the cellars be made dry, & more airy, and gutters fitted to the house. I shall then be inclined to take it if this can be done about or before the 25th of June next. I shall be willing to take it for three years on condition before hinted; but as your distance from mine is too great to transact this affaire by letter, I could wish you would employ some body on whom you can depend to agree with me that I may govern my affaires accordingly.

I am told there is little timber on your land, & I have observed it myselfe, but there will be some wanting to repaire & make fences, w'ch should be allow'd for that use when wanting, & the barne should be repaired.

emptyI am Sir &cemptyL.M.

To the Honble George Thomas Esqr Governr of Pensilvania

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