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Sr the deputy lieutents met this Week at Knaesbrough to regulate the Militia & Settle the principals & bearers, & are to meet againe next very shortly upon the same acct, I am very unwilling to be principall any longer, [struck out: ‘I am promised an order the next meeting to receive what is due from my bearers’] so if you have a mind to be principall let me know it, you will have the two Mr Wilkinsons & myself for the bearers, & you will f[in]d that I shall be a better paymaster than have been to me, if you have not a horse & arms ready for the first Muster I will send my own Servt to appear for you, your answer by a line will oblige Sr yr mt Fr & H Servt Sr Hugh Smithson I hope you have not forgot the agreemt me [we] made, to have that your self or Stewd should pay me 30 s a Year punctually at Newby
Undated, but between 26 Oct and 4th Nov. 26th used here. Hugh Smithson was 3rd Baronet of Stanwick (1657-1729).