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Dr Neddie March 26 1710 I Rec’d yours this morning As also one from Mr. Aislabie who writes me that he has gott a positive promise both from the D. of Devon and the Bishop of Ely for their best Assistances in procuring you a Capt’s Commission and if any two men in England can do you Service it must be these two, So I hope after a little time the business will be done to your Satisfaction. So in the interim patience must be had, Inclos’d you have a lettr. to the Bishop of Ely go in a morning and give my Duty to him My Lord March the 26 1710 Am very much oblig’d to your Lordship for the promise you were pleas’d to make to my good friend and neighb[ou]r Mr. Aislabie of the Interest for a Captains Commission for my son, I am informed <he’s Every> Way qualified for that post, he having Certificate, From the Capt. of his conduct, and behaviour So <if yr> Lordship <be> pleased to be his Advocate he cannot fail of Success, So onely begging your Lordships <pardon> for this trouble, I am with all Sincerity your Lordships most faithfull And most obliged humble Servt. For my Lord Bishop of Ely these humbly pr[e]sent. And pr[e]sent him the with this Lettr. I am sure you’ll Receive a favourable Answ from him, be sure you fail not to write to me by the very first post after the delivery of the Lettr Mr Aislabie writes me that he gave you some Snuff to Send down to me acqt. me who you gave itt to, With my Blessing to you I am Your most Affect. Father Lieut. Blackett att Mr. Smiths &c Wait of Mr. Aislabie Sometimes but be not troublesome to him, go and give my Service to Capt. Fairfax, and acqt. me how he does and whether he invited you to dinner and Since you came to Town, You need at no time Send me down any news pap[ers] for I have all sent me constantly Every post.
The Bishop of Ely was married to the widow of Sir Edward’s long dead brother Michael.