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Letter to William Holbrook Attorney at Law Ledbury.

This is a legal letter  concerning an alleged forced eviction from a property in Coddington, Herefordshire and carries the allegation.

Looks like the local worthies got the heavies in to "help" a chap vacate his "Tenements and Appertenances".

Lots of local names and a search will find a fair number of them, but, not the plaintiff.

This is the front of the letter, double click to enlarge.

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The spelling is as per the letter. Note the arcane use of the f style s where there is a double ss as in Rofs. I cannot replicate this on the computer.

Difficult words have been scanned and the image placed in the letter. Click to enlarge the thumbnail.

Hilary Term in the 48th Year of the Reign of King George the Third

Herefordshire, towit, Benjamin Archer late of Rofs in the county aforesaid Yeoman was attached to answer Peter Peaceable in a Plea wherefore with Force & Arms he entered into one thefse, one Barn one Outhouse, two Gardens, one Yard and one Acre of Land with the affects in the Parish of Coddington in the County of Hereford which Sir Henry Tempest Bart. John Stedman Esquire, Thomas Fairclough Ottey Allen Cliffe Clerks John Armishall Samuel Smith, John Lodge Clerk Thomas Webb Francis Lucy and Joseph Higgins Clerk had denied to the said Peter for a Term which is not yet expired and ejected him from his said farm and other wrongs to the Peace of our Sovereign Lord the King. And whereupon the said Peter by William Hollbrook his attorney complains that Whereas the said Sir Henry Tempest John Stedman Thomas Fairclough Ottey, Allen Cliffe, John Armishall Samuel Smith John Lodge, Thomas Webb Francis Lucy and Joseph Higgins on the fifth Day of May in the forty seventh year of the reign of his said Majesty at the Parish of Coddington aforesaid in the County of Hereford aforesaid had denied to the said Peter the said Tenement with the Appertenances To have and to hold the said Tenement with the Appertenances to the said Peter and his afsigns from the Fourth Day of May then last part to the full end and term of seven years thence next following and fully to be complete and ended. By virtue of which said Demise the said Peter entered into the said Tenements with the appertenances and was pofsefsed thereof, and the said Peter being so pofsefsed thereof the said Benjamin Archer afterwards that is to say, on the said Fifth Day of May in the said Forty-seventh year with force and Arms, that is to say, with Swords, Staves and Knives entered into the said Tenements with the Appertenances which the said Henry Tempest, John Stedman, Thomas Fairclough Ottey Allen Cliffe John Armishall Samuel Smith, John Lodge, Thomas Webb, Francis Lucy and Joseph Higgins had denied to the said Peter in Manner aforesaid for the term of which is not yet expired and threw Peter out of his said Farm and other wrongs and so forth to the grievous Damage and so forth and against the Peace and so forth whereupon the said Peter says he is injured and hath Damage to the Value of Ten Pounds and thereupon he brings this Suit and so forth Pledges to prosecute John Doe and Richard Roe. 

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I cannot read this bit of letter so click on the thumbnail to expand and have a go yourself.

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