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Newby the 16 Octobr 1715 Sr I perceive that Mr Mauliverer does design to move the deputy lieutenants that he may be principale & his Uncle Bellingham his bearer for his lands at Worsel & my Estate at <Girsby>, Mr Bell has been bearer to me for ½ a horse for that Estate for above there 27 Years, I much wondr how he or his kinsman can pretent to be principale my Servt the bearer will give you the ordr wch I desire you will do me the favour to shew to the deputy Lieutenants I wd have waited on them my self but I have not been well & very much out of order since I came from the bath the last Spring and not going any way from home, wth my most humble Service to them, I hope [struck out: ‘not in the least but you’] they will confirm [struck out: ‘the order & me principall’] my order wth the same bearer, I had a later order wch I doubt not but may be found in the book & shall take it as a favour from them I am Sr your faithful huml October 17 1715 Sr I perceive that Mr Maliverer designs to move the Deputy Lieutenants that he may be principall & his Uncle Bellingham bearer for his lands at Worsal he & his relations has been bearers to me for half a horse for the Estate above these Seaven & thirty years, & never recd any thing from them but one old horse & twelve Guines, so I am sure he has little reason to desire to Change his Principall pray do me the favour to acqt the Deputy Lieutents with my most humble service to them would have waited on them my Self, but have not been well, & very much out of Order, since I came from the Bath pray Pardon this trouble given you by Sr Your most faithfull Humble Servt E Blacket To Henry Frankland Esq at Thirsk you need not tell Mr Silvertop that I design he shall Receive no more of my Rents
This letter was twice drafted on 16th Oct and then completely scratched out, and these copies were followed by the fair copy of the 17th. The first draft is given here. The second draft was identical to the first.