Letter – 6 September 1761
The Right Honble the Earl Fauconberg
Indistinct date stamp; place stamp EASING / WOULD
Remains of red wax seal
Newborough 6th Sepr: 1761
They have pul’d up my Seat in the Church, in the Corner of which they have put up part of the Pulpit, as Some other Seats are puld up and those Standing are full, I Shall beg lieve to go into your Lordships Pew for a few Sundays till we are set right again
Seat: this letter refers to an extensive re-organisation of the interior of the St Michael’s, Coxwold, apparently at Sterne’s behest (see letters below). The more important parishioners would have had their own named place in a pew or even, as in the case of the Earl, pews reserved for the family and servants. They would probably have been box pews, of which a fine set survives at Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, York.