451 Palmer Cleaveland to Henry Flynt

    North Kingstown May the 29 1738

    Mr. Flint Sir these sentencs comes to let you no that I have a desire to haive the Land which we haive discorsed about. I have sent you a letter and haive heard nothing from you since and I should be glad to hear from you as soon as you can haive convenately for I wanto nowe What to Depend on. No more at present but yours to serve

    Palmer Claveland

    Cleaveland has a double house, land and 4 acres which he values at £300.

    Reynold desires we would consider these offers as concerning the bringing of New Land to and encouring him and his sons to work upon it for he designs nothing but to [build?] the place and serve himself thereby. He offers to have it put into his bond to give a £100 for the first year after his Term of 20 or 14 year is up or for 1 2 3 or 4 year, he observing the rise of the value of land there.

    Mr. Reynolds offers if we wil prolong his lease for six years more he wil bring 200 acres to mowing English grass or ploughing, or if we dont encline to prolong the Term if we wil give him £90 to buy a 100 Goats he wil bring the 200 acres to mowing and plowing within the term of his lease and will bring bondmen to acceptance for performance and the reason of his offer is because he has a mind to make a good place of it, having four sons capable of doing mens work and after this the 20 or 14 year be bound to give a [£100?] a year for the place. This man seems to be thorough and honest in his pretensions.

    Reynolds says he is worth a 100 pound and three Brothers each a 100 pound and one worth £2000 to be his bondsmen one or more of them. Reynolds says that when he workt upon this farm 14 years others may come and bid upon him and take it from him by out bidding him. His offer is partly to save himself from this inconvenience.

    Nov. 10th 1738 Mr. Bordman Proposeth seeing Reynolds is mainly concerned for a longer term that he and not another may enjoy the fruit of his labour about the orchard and clearing and fencing &c. so much land that the Colledge don’t advance now the £90 because death and poverty &c. and many accidents may happen to make it hard to demand the after rent of £100 per annum and therefore that the said rent be abated so as that he may pay £50 or 75 the first year and to advance yearly by 10 or 5 pounds til the rent comes to a £100 per annum which may be further considered.

    [Endorsed:] Received June 16 1738 from Palmer Cleaveland about Narragansett farm.

    [Addressed:] To Mr. Flint [deliver?] in Cambride.

    Narragansett Farm Papers, p. 7. The additional notes, following the letter, appear to be by Tutor Flynt.