Letter – Edward Blackett to Captain Fairfax – 2 Apr 1710

Document Type: Letter
Date: 2 Apr 1710
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: Captain Fairfax
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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Dr Sr								April 2 1710

      Methinks tis a long time since I gave my Selfe the satisfaction to write a line to my good friend Captn. Fairfax, This is onely to inquire after Your and family’s health wch. I heartily wish, it is at p[re]sent all over Yorkshire a sickly season, the like not known in the Memory of man, My Daughter Blacket has been Very Dangerously ill, and yesterday her little child was likewise mighty ill, but this Day God be thank’d they are both Very much better, I hope we shall have yourselfe & family down in the Country this Summer, and then I hope you’ll do me the favour to lett us have all your Company at Newby, I have a large Coach shall wait of you to bring you to Newby whenever you please to Command it.

      I am now in great hopes that the Lieut. will gett a Ship, for my Ld. Orford is importun’d by a great Many of the first quality, and he has given them an absolute promise that he shall have a Commission immediately here is a wager laid wch. you are desird to determine what a Lieut. Pay in a 40 Gunn Ship, as likewise the Capts, pray acqt. me what <novells> about Town and you’ll oblige  

      your Real fr[ien]d & faithfull humble Srvt.

Captain Fairfax
Possibly the same as Robert Fairfax, Admiral, to whom Blackett wrote the previous year since there was some ambiguity regarding his rank.

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