Stivichall deeds and papers
Lease and release, the release being a conveyance, from Arthur Gregory of Stivichall, alias Stichall, eldest son and heir at law of Arthur Gregory late of the same, esq. deceased, at the direction of Charlotte Bale of London, spinster, to John Still of London, comforter, and William Morrice of Westminster, co. Middx., esq., with the following recitals; Marriage articles of 14 July 1718, wherein Charles Bale of the parish of St. James, Westminster, apothecary, in consideration of a proposed marriage between Charles Bale of the same, Doctor of Physic, his son and heir, and Elizabeth Palmer, daughter of Samuel Palmer of London, surgeon, and in consideration of 2000 pounds paid by the said Samuel Palmer to Charles Bale the father, assigned to Francis Still, citizen and clockmaker of London, the said John Still and William Morrice and Henry Levett of the Charterhouse, co. Middx., Doctor in Physic, his interest in an undivided moiety of diverse fee farm rents mortgaged to him on 23 February 1715/6 by Grace Countess Granville and John Lord Carteret, her son and heir, to secure 6000 pounds; to hold the same in trust that upon the redemption of the mortgage the said Francis Still, John Still, William Morrice and Henry Levett would expend the 6000 pounds on the purchase of lands not more than 120 miles distant from London, two thirds of which should be held in trust for Charles Bale the son and the remaining third for Charles Bale the father and Joan his wife for lives, with reversion of the whole to Charles Bale the son. Other provisions (specified) were made for the jointure of Elizabeth Palmer, but with reversion to the heirs male of Charles Bale the son, or in default, to his other heirs. The said trustees were permitted, before the purchase of the said lands, to put the 6000 pounds out at interest and to use the profits therefrom for the above purposes. The proposed marriage took place between Charles Bale the son and Elizabeth Palmer; Elizabeth died in 1721, having had issue two sons who died in infancy and the said Charlotte Bale; Charles Bale, after his wife's death, married Mary Mead and died in 1730, leaving issue by her Mary Bale, now aged 18. Soon after the death of Charles Bale, the son, the said 6000 pounds was paid to John Still and William Morrice, the surviving trustees, and in pursuance of an Interlocutary Order in the High Court of Chancery, dated 13 February 1730/1, in a case between Charlotte Bale, Charles Bale her grand-father and Joan his wife, plaintiffs, and the said John Still, William Morrice, Samuel Palmer and Mary Bale, defendants, the said 6000 pounds was laid out in the purchase of South Sea annuities to be held in trust. On 15 May 1741, Charles Bale the father and Joan his wife having died, and Charlotte having come of age, application was made to have the South Sea Annuities transferred and the interest from the same paid to the said Charlotte Bale; whereupon on 28 May 1741, it was ordered that £563. 10s. 2d. cash should be paid and £754. 9s. 11d. annuities transferred to her. Of the remaining annuities, half should be transferred to her and half sold to raise the money for the purchase of estates to be settled upon her, which sale raised £3037. 9s. 7d. It is now witnessed that the said Arthur Gregory, in consideration of this sum and an additional £12. 10s. 5d. (making in all 3050 pounds) paid to him by the said Charlotte Bale, and of 5 shillings apiece paid him by the said John Still and William Morrice, has conveyed to the said John Still and William Morrice the following; all the lands, etc. in Stivichall containing sixty acres, now in the tenure of Abraham Dry, and held for an annual rent of 30 pounds; other lands in Stivichall containing fifty-two acres in the tenure of Francis Ebourne, and held for an annual rent of 26 pounds; other lands in Stivichall containing twenty-four acres, in the tenure of Thomas Roads, and held for an annual rent of 12 pounds and other lands in Stivichall containing forty-eight acres, now in the tenure of William Wood and held for an annual rent of 40 pounds; to hold the same for the use of the said Charlotte Bale and her heirs, or, in default, for the use of the said Mary Bale and her heirs. Signed: 930) Arthur Gregory 931) Arthur Gregory, Charlotte Bale Seals: 930) one red applied 931) two red applied Witnesses: Edward Bowater, William Inge, Francis Hill, Asher Humphrys, clerk to Mr. Snell. Both bear notes that they were mentioned by E. Sanyer in his report dated 20 May 1742 in the case Bale v. Hill which was settled and allowed by him. Endorsed: 930) Arthur Gregory, esq. to Mess. Still and Morice; lease for a year, dated 19th May 1742 931) Arthur Gregory, esq. to Mess. Still and Morice; release to the uses in Miss Charlotte Bale's father's marriage articles, dated 20th May 1742.