Letter – Edward Blackett to Jacob Peart – 13 Apr 1710

Document Type: Letter
Date: 13 Apr 1710
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: Jacob Peart
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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Honest Jacob 							Newby 13 Apr. 1710

      I received yours of the 10th and I heartily wish the Werdale <Luers>; would take one half of the Wastes for seven years is a most unreasonable time to give for working them up, if those Werdale people would imploy severall under them, they might have Labourers to work for a small matter, especially if you take up the Gin, If you think they are in earnest to Lay in the Gin, you should be discoursing all the workmen, of the Feild, what they would undertake to gett  lead for a tun, 24 cwt p. Tun, for you know I may gain by it, tho the undertakers loose because they pay me a fifth part clear, if you cannot lett so many <seres..> Bargains, as will reimburse the charge of the Gin and put something in my Pocket, its better taken up than otherwise, however I leave that and all other of my concerns at Fallowfeild solely to your discretion I hope you will perswade the Werdale men to goe through good & Bad in five years, at £6. 10 and 24 cwt to the Tun, soe should be glad to hear you have concluded the bargain, you must acquaint them if the old works be given over as they are likely to be, they may have as many work men as they please, at very reasonable rates either p. day or by week.

      I perceive there are very good Slates to be had at Cowsheilds, I doe not in the least question there are a great many <Slates> both upon the Hall & Barn, that will serve again <for> old Slates that has endured the rain & weather are seven times better than new, we pray agree with the workmen, as cheap as possibly you can, and give me a line by the very first post, that this letter came safe to your hand, and hope it will acquaint me that you have lett both the Bargains of the Waste and Slateing the house   I am _

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