letter – Edward Blackett – 20 Aug 1713

Document Type: letter
Date: 20 Aug 1713
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 190
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D[ea]r Cousin

you may depend upon it that the money you have upon Stavely is good security & whether the Mill & house are in good repair or not it does not much concerne you for you may have your moneys wch you have upon Estate repaid you in a months notice, as I am ve[ry] credibly informed & better Security for y[ou]r money you cannot possibly have, so I advise you to keep it w[i]th all Services fro[m] hence to y[ou]r Self & my Lady Wandesford I am Mad[a]m y[ou]r affec[tionate] Kinsman & Humb[le] Serv[an]t

D[ea]r Madam [overwrites Cousin]       Aug[us]t 20

I Recd y[ou]r letter and would advise you rather to give somewhat more then Stavely is worth and so have an absolute Estate made of it, but if he stands upon unreasonable terms by all means Call In y[ou]r moneys for you have but a very indeferant man to deal withall this is the best advice I can give you all this family gives their humb[le] Service to y[ou]r Self & my Lady Wandesford & Pray believe me always

      y[ou]r Faithfull humb[le] Serv[an]t
The first appears to be an earlier draft of the second, dated 20th August. Recipient unclear, but mention of Lady Wandesford suggests the Nortons or Yorkes, cousins via Sir Edward’s marriage to Mary Yorke. Stavely was possibly the village between Boroughbridge and Knaresborough

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