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Sir Richard Simeon to H P Powys

St Helens Feb 26 1831

My Dear Powys

     I heartily wish for your sake as well and my own that any discovery would be made which might rescue the Barrington Hall property from the course which I fear it must take at the death of Sir Fitzwilliam and if through the means of your legal friend in Essex you should succeed in making any discovery which should effect this object you will be entitled to all our thanks - But I am afraid we must not venture in indulging any such hopes. -- The circumstances which had led to the probable alienation of that property are as follows -

     Sir Charles Barrington about the beginning of the last Century had levied Fines & Recoveries - The Isle of Wight estates He settled upon his collateral relation who inherited the Title from this common ancestor -- The Essex Estates He settled upon his daughter (query if not her .... ....) who was married to a Mr Shales (who afterwards took the name of Barrington) Mr Shales Barrington dying without issue left a life interest in that property to the Father of the present Sir Fitzwilliam and His issue male (with the usual remainders in favour of issue male for ever) but in the event of Sir Fitzwilliam's father & the late Sir John & the present Sir Fitzwilliam dying without issue male in such case he leaves the property to his right heir. His right heir happened to be sisters - One of whom married a Mr Lowndes and in that way a Mr Lowndes (I suppose a Son of the first mentioned gentleman of that name) becomes entitled to the Estate upon the death of Sir Fitzwilliam without issue male.

     There is one curious fact connected with this history, but it is one which I am afraid opens no door of hope to us. The Mr Shailes [sic] Barrington abovementioned quarrelled with his sisters and made a codicil to His will in which (after expressing a determined resolution that His Sisters should never benefit by Him one Farthing He leaves the whole property to the right heirs of Sir F. B. (Sir F's Father) unfortunately however for us his knowledge was not equal to his intentions for this Codicil is witnessed by two witnesses only - and as the Statute of Charles allows no Real property to pass by will unless such will shall have been attested by three witnesses at the least the property remains perfectly unaffected by this Codicil & will pass to this Gentleman's right heirs notwithstanding his own expressed determination to the contrary.

I am etc

Richd Simeon

  Henry P. Powys Esq
    Broomfield House

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