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accepted Mr H Tulip The affair of the Lease of the Colliery has Stood Still some time; I suppose they expected an application from me, & I expected an offer from Coll: Beamont: a few days Since I recd. a letter from him Wherein he says I have this morning recd. a letter from my friend Mr. J Blackett who refers me to you for an answer respecting the Collieries of St.John Lee & St. Oswald. I hope you are assured I Shall be happy To give you The preference, & will be glad to receive yr decision as soon as possible whether you are Inclined to give £200 pr ann. which has been offerd by Mr. H Errington – To Whom It is necessary to give a desisive answer as the lease is out the 25th of this Month
Undated, unaddressed and unsigned, but it clearly relates to colliery leases that had been under discussion in 1798. It is in Sir Edward’s handwriting and since Tulip was asked to run the colliery for Sir Edward it is almost certainly written to him. In a letter of 24 Oct 1798 (see elsewhere in DD) to his brother Sir Edward, JEB noted that the present lease was to expire on 25th Decr, so this letter was clearly written in that month. It can probably be dated to much the same time as EB’s letter to Beaumont given its content and Monday 17th December is used here.