Tuesday Oct 7th.
1851 [in another hand]
My dear Henry
As you say nothing more about coming down to Grasmere I conclude you have given it up and therefore I write to fix Friday for your sending Jones down. Saturday might do, if there is any reason for your not liking to spare him on Friday. Shall you send me the money by him, or have it paid into the Keswick Bank? The former would be most convenient if you think it safe. I have reckoned as near as I can and believe that £200 will suffice. I will put on another side my estimate for yr. inspection.
To Mr. Vardon<1> for 45 Lessons, in oil painting some drawing materials and loan of pictures, (studies) during last winter at Lacock, about £23.0.0
six weeks & ½ house rent about 60.0.0
Journey about 50.0.0
Pianoforte hire 3.10.0
Mr. Brown for beer & wine 11.0.0
for hay, oats & straw 24.10.0
Mr. Donaldson 4.0.0
William Pullings bed. 1.8.6
19 weeks at 1/6
Coal acct. probably 10.0.0
Carriers bill & other trifles not known _______
Bill for trays, suacepans kitchen utensils not known
I think my estimate will scarcely ^cover the latter bill, Mr. Bells, which I had forgotten and there may be a few other sundries. but I have still a small sum left of the former £300
I am going to speak to Mr. Brown <2> today, about the things left for sale Harrison strongly advises our taking the bedding away because he says the neighbourhood is supplied by recent auctions & there is sure to be a considerable loss Therefore I have decided to take it, as it will be very useful at home and some of the earthenware. I wish, with your permission, to make a present to Harrison, as he has gained nothing but extra trouble by our being here his wages being the same as when the executors paid him. May I give him a £5. note in payment of Pullings bed £1.8.6 desiring him to keep the change of £3.11.6 for himself? He has been extremely useful throughout, & very obliging and just as anxious now, that we are on the point of leaving, as he was at first. I have employed him & still employ him on many little messages of trust.
I shall perhaps be obliged to trouble you with more dull business letters. but that cant be helped It is quite squally again today when will the weather become settled? It wd. be too disagreeable travelling in such a storm I am sure Harrison will not turn us out. on Wednesday, if it should be like this!
If you pay the money into the Keswick Bank, it should be done as soon as possible
1. Alfred Thomas Vardon (1811-1892), artist & teacher, Grasmere, later Bath.