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Sherburn 16 Jany. 1799. Sir I daresay Mr. Bell will have informed you what passed at the meeting in Weardale on the 14th Instant. I was in hopes you would have been pleased to have directed Mr. Emmerson, or some one of Coll. Beaumonts principal Agents, to have given the Bill support, Indeed I felt a little on the Occasion, when I was informed that Mr. Bell had been desired to acquaint them, that they were not at liberty to say one Word on the behalf of the Coll. – the effect was they in consequence said nothing at all, and which no doubt had an effect and caused several to believe the Col. is not Friendly to the Division. Will you have the goodness to Write to some one of the Agents, and put the matter into a proper channel, as after the Cols. promising The Bishop of Durham that he wd. give the Bill every support provided it was on fair grounds, - and it having been with you on his behalf - & also before his Law Agent, and met as I conceived the fullest approbation. – I cannot for a Moment suppose it to be on any other ground, but that of a Mistake, which you will have the goodness to set right. I am Sir, your obt Hble Servt. Arthur Mowbray Eras. Blackett Esqr.
This letter regarding the proposed enclosure of Weardale commons is filed with papers from John Erasmus Blackett relating to the Bishop of Durham’s case against the Beaumonts heard between 1805-7.