Letter – Charles Montague to William Blackett – 11 May 1699

Document Type: Letter
Date: 11 May 1699
Correspondent: Charles Montague
Recipient: William Blackett
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Copy								To Sir Will. Blackett Bart 

Windsor 11 may 1699


      You went out of Town so suddenly as prevented me from taking my leave of you. and discussing with you on some things which can not be so well explained in writing: But which I now write to you is by the King’s Order and Comand, who is so extreamly pleased with your services to Him, and so well satisfied of your Abilitys and capasity to serve your Country, as makes him very desirous to bring you Publick Busnesse. He has Resolved to make you one of the Commissioners of the Treasury, and I hope you will have no reason to refuse the kindnesse He intends you, since ‘tis a Post that will give you an opportunity of doing so much good to England, and ‘tis a mark of Honour and Esteem from the King.

      I can not give you a perfect account of the others, that the King designs for that Commission, because the King is not fully resolved of all of them, nor will not be ‘till he has your answers; but as much as I know of his mind, I dare say, you will not dislike those that are to be joyned with you. If at present the posture of your private affairs requires your presence, I am ordered to tell you, your Company here will not be expected ‘till all those things are adjusted, and if you will give leave to have your name put into the Commission, you may attend when ‘tis convenient. Sir I can assure you the King has a mighty inclination to have you about him, I am sure you are Extream able to serve him, and I beg, that by the next Post you will let me tell the King, what will please him that you are willing to be Employ’d. This matter is yet very private and known to nobody but my Ld. Chancellor, but I am confident if they knew it all your friends would intreat you not to decline it, and I am sure nobody can more rejoyce than I do, that Sir Wm. Blackett should have all the favour and Honour that is due to Him, I shall Expect to hear from you with impatience. I am

      Sir  your most humble and most obedient servt

      Charles Montague

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