[From Atholl Papers - AP X69-24]

[Report by Gov Cochrane] No 2 August 22d 1757

My Lord

My last was No 1st August 8th

The Controller who is far from being well in his health left this two days ago for London the journey I hope will do him good by him we remit to Liverpool 525 British and as we have had some very good cargoes of late believe we shall soon remit more

Inclosed I send your Grace a copy of a memorial given to my Lord Bishop and the Keys by two gentlemen from Ireland Sir Quayle Sommerville and Mr Moore two that call themselves land holders in the Isle of Mann Sir Quayle has about ten or twelve pounds a year the other has not as much land as will bring him sixpence a year. I return from my Lord Bishop's house yesterday who makes a great tack (?) of this affair thinks it very od that two strangers should take upon them to direct the people of this Island what they were to doe and farther told me that upon his coming to this Island he wrote to the Arch Bishop of York and acquainted him that there was Roman Catholicks in this Island and wanted to know in what manner he was to behave towards them. His Grace of York returned for answer that in case they behaved and lived like peacible subjects and did not make converts to take no notice of them and as the Bishop found upon inquiry that they had done nothing that was blame worthy so he saw no reason to persecute them and as for naturalisation he saw no reason why it should not be done here as well as by the Parliament of great Britain upon the whole I believe I have said too much upon the subject as the affair, is an idle foolish thing wrote I support over a bottle

As the clegys affair is in great measure over as the money now to be received must be disposed off by the Bishop the Arch Deacon and two officers named by your Grace my Lord Bishop desires your Grace will fix upon those two a coppy of the papers my Lord derby signed I here inclose. The two officers named upon that occasion was the Governor and either the receiver General or the Controller.

In my last I acquainted your Grace that I had offered parson Quayle an annual lease of the tyths and that it was to be understood that nothing should be taken for them. This it had to take it out of the method it has been to long continued in and for less my Lord Derby should have made a handle off and for fear the successor to Parson Quayle should insist upon possession and altho' my Lord Derby's affair is in a great measure over full we are not certain what my Lord might yett doe in the affair besides it was the same to the parson if he got it was only altering the manner xind ? Whatever part of the tyths your Grace gives the Parson the trustees will give him so much the less out of the money now to be disposed off got from my Lord Derby. So what he gets by the right hand he will loose by the left so that upon the whole I am humbly of opinion your Grace may give him what you think for the present and for the future take further advice a little time will clear up matters. The parson and his friends are very angry at me and the parson I am told setts out this week to wait upon your Grace and Mr Heywood goes the same road about his tyths andwho is the bearer of this

Included is a quarterly abstract

We have charming fine weather cutting down our corn fast I am with great esteem
My Lord Your Grace's Most faithfull and most obedient humble servant

Basil Cochrane


 

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