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Dear Kitty The Death of my Brother Bridges did not surprise me, but leaving neither your Self, nor Son, anything I wonder very much, am still of an oppinion that he being so scenceable a man, would not die without a will, & am in hopes in a little time it will be produced, you give me no acct of the funeral nor the day [struck out: ‘which’] that he died, which doe in the next I sent you a h[ogs]h[ead] of Ale as alsoe one for my Self, but what ship Mr Scott has put them in I know not, I designe god willing to be in London the beginning of January, so shall send up this week a Chest of Lining & another HHd of Ale, which will be directed for you & when arrived be sure take care of them, as alsoe some small boxes with Servants Cloase, with my Blessing to your Self & family & Service to all your Relations I am Your Most Affectioned Father I hope to send you some Bills of Exchange in a post or two
Undated but is between 24th & 27th. 25th used here. Shem Bridges was EB1’s brother-in-law, a London lawyer married to Isabella Blackett.