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This is a letter dwelling on what appears to be a favourite topic of the Victorians, legacies. The letter discusses his brother William and his fathers will.
Smith is a common name, more so in Scotland I believe, there is little I can add.
The spelling is as per the letter. Note the arcane use of the f style s where there is a double ss as in grass. I cannot replicate this on the computer.
Herne Bay 4th July 1842
My brother William having received from you a copy of my letter to you dated 9th May, has led to a rather long correspondence with him, which it is inconvenient to continue, as it might do, for a further indefinite time, as I had no alternative but either to write at considerable length as I have done, or to make no observation whatever -- and it is not convenient for us to meet -- Under these circumstances I send you extracts from the correspondence and shall feel obliged by your taking the matter in hand with William. Personal communication between you and him, especially as you are so well acquainted, will save trouble to all parties -- and I shall be perfectly satisfied with whatever you think right in the matter -- I am perfectly tired of the correspondence -- and have informed William that I have sent it to you, and requested him to communicate with you. I also sent him a copy of this letter
I think it probable that William is in error as to his interest in the bequest from my Father. The will, I believe, provides that in the event of the death of any of the legatees who has children, before the division of the property, the share of the deceased shall be paid to his children. The question therefore arises whether the Trustees might not be obliged, in the event of Wms death, (far distant may the period of it be!) to pay the share to his children, without being entitled to set off William's debt. Whether it would be so you no doubt perfectly know, or can at once form a correct opinion -- If Willm be really in error upon it, he might no longer, if for that reason alone, to continue the reluctance he has exprefsed to pay off the £200 debt. -
It does not appear to me that the Trustees are liable for the claims of lien made by Wm on Thomson's deeds -
I am Dear Sir
very truly yours
Alex Smith Esq
96 Union Street