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Document 89, Draft Affidavit of R Heron, 4 April 1788, p 1

In Chancery Henry Errington Esqr Complainant
Gawen Aynsley Esqr & Others Defendts
Ralph Heron of the Town and County of Newcastle upon Tyne
one of the Attornies of his Majestys Court of Common Pleas and a
Solicitor of this honourable Court maketh Oath and Saith that pursuant
to Directions by him received from the said complainant he this Deponent
attended at the General Quarter Sessions of the peace held in and for
the County of Northumberland on Wednesday the Second Day of April
instant and then and there informed the Justices of the peace assembled at
the said Quarter Sessions that he this Deponent was desired by the said
Complainant to appear for him and to request to be informed if the said
Justices were disposed to receive any Proposals from the said Complainant
towards an Accomodation as he the said Complainant had authorized this
Deponent to make Proposals in Case they were disposed to accept of
any, or expressed himself to that or the like Effect, to which this
Deponent received for Answer from the said Justices that they did not
think as Trustees for the publick they coud be justified in acceeding to
any Proposals to be made on Behalf of the Complainant but that they
wou’d be glad to accept of a Shilling or two pence if they cou’d be
justified in so doing or to the like Effect. And this Deponent Saith
that the Justices then present were the Defendant Gawen Aynsley,
Thomas Fenwick Thomas Charles Bigge John Askew William Charlton
William Orde Shafto Vaughan William Hargrave Esqrs and the Reverend
George March Clerk
Sworn at Newcastle upon Tyne the
fourth Day of April 1788 Before me

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