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1792 For many consultations during the Months of Feby. March April May & June with Sir Thos. Blackett at Bretton & at Mr. Skeltons concern[in]g the Altering of his Will & taking Instructions in Writing for that purpose & draw[in]g heads th[ere]of & attend[in]g at Bretton many Times reading them to him & mak[in]g Alterations accord[in]g to his directions & afterwards preparing the Will & duplications (as Sir Thos. required the strictest Secrecy) Mr. S writing the whole himself on 40 Sheets of Paper and the like of three former Wills for w[hi]ch Mr. S was only paid as for <Com.n> Business & Mr. Skelton also submits to Mr & Mrs Beaum[on]t the Consideration what his Annl. Salary is to be for Actg. as their principal Agent & Auditor of all their Accts. & in the manageme[n]t of their Ests. & concerns as well as the Ests. of Mr. B at Darton & Kexbro & that <purchased> of Mr. Cotton [on verso:] Miss Bedford/ Mr Skelton/ Birthwait Hall/ near Barnsley
This document appears to be an account of services rendered. It is possible that a sheet has been detached to the right as the first letterof an indistinguishable word is just visible at the RH edge, exactly opposite a bracket encompassing the first clause to its right. A separate bracket encompasses the second clause. The identification of Mr S is a mystery, unless it was Mark Skelton senior writing elliptically to his son’s house at Birthwaite. It is undated but in seeking terms to work for the Beaumonts it was presumably submitted soon after Sir Thos Blackett’s death. 1st August is used here.