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Hexham estimates

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An Account and Estimate of the damage done by the late great and dreadful flood in the River Tyne in Northumberland to Edward Forster the elder of Tyne Green near Hexham in the parish of Hexham in the County aforesaid a Poor Old Man Seventy Years Old and able to do very little for himself who Saved himself by getting out at a Back Door of the House he then lived in just in time, the Water having broke into the House in different parts thereof and being into then about a yard deep and in an hours time after Side Wall hight so that he had no time or opportunity to remove or save anything belonging to them but the Cloaths on his back and after the most diligent search the next day after the flood for his cloaths wearing apparel necessary provision of victuals and Household Goods and furntiture and recovering and coming at all that was possible his damage by the said Flood is by a moderate valuation and computation as follows £ S D To the value of wearing apparel victuals Household Goods and furniture entirely lost and the damage 4. 0. 0 done to that part thereof which was saved We whose names are hereunto subscribed to hereby certify that we very well know the above named Edward Forster and believe him to be a very honest industrious Man and that we very well know the House in which he lived at the time the above mentioned flood happened and were eye witnesses to its being near Swept away by the said flood and the destruction and Damage it occasioned to the said Edward Forster and that We have examined the amount and Estimate above written and believe the same to be a true and moderate amount and estimate of the damages the said Edward Forster Sustained by the said Flood and that we have reason to believe that the said Edward Forster by such loss is reduced to no small difficulty and distress and that it would be a real charity done/

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