Letter – Edward Blackett to James Mewburn – 12 Jan 1710

Document Type: Letter
Date: 12 Jan 1710
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: James Mewburn
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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James                       								Janry 12

      Inclosed I send you the two Leases, the one Executed and the other I perused so you may get it Engrossed at yr Convenience, and inclose it to me,

      I doubt not but that you may get the old <Dormer> supported with a very little charge, as also what Else is necessary to be done at the house, onely to Support it from falling,  Am glad you have paid Mr Featherstone for the moneys you took of his <lad> is charge  Mr Aislabie’s Debt to < the nody>, I have drawn a bill on Mr Featherstone payable to Mr Garland postmaster of Burr’bridge or ordr upon the third day of Febry next for £51.19 which is to pay for Wine wch he had from <Scotland.>   So he sent the bill to Edinbrourgh the last quatr, and <when.> you Receive money of the Tenants You may discharge that Bill  to Mr Featherstone likewise for I would have all the money to lye in his hands, that his Lead comes to, the Bill which he sent me for £100 Will Lowes paid that sum to Jacob Peart and <Gerr.d> Dobson, Jacob will want money to pay for Mr Loraine, Ten for Lead as also £33.05.5 for candles which Ordr Featherstone & Compy to pay him when he comes to Newcastle

      Tis no matter whether the words were putt into the Lease or not, for the Lord is Allowed by the Lease to make use of the One of the Hearths One week in a month during the Lease,

      Mr Mowbray was here last night and went Northward this morning, and designs to be at Fallowfield the 18 Janry to value the utensils, I wish you could make a bargain that they should pay money for all the utensils, and not to Restore them as good as they are 21 years hence, for that was a very foolish Article putt into the Lease.  You must be sure to keep all the work gear that is necessary for digging & dressing & washing the Waste and smelting the Slagg, as for the Washing Tubbs I shall not part with any of them by Reason I design to set on as many people as possibly I can get to Digg thro and get and wash all the the Oar in the dead heaps, and sooner I can get them wrought up will be much the better for me, however you may lend them Tubbs till they can get Some made

      James Clarke acqted me last post that he had Weigh of 300 p[iece]s Lead to Mr Fenwick, and that there Remained in the Cellar 400, know of Mr Fenwick when he’ll take the Remainder if  he tells you he does not know then know of Mr Featherstone & Comp when they’ll have Occasion for 4 or 500 pcs by Reason you spoke to Mr Fenwick the first had much rather he would take them, As for the Gardener Atkinson shall continue his 50 <s> shill  a year no longer than last Martinmas, & and as for the Farm wch he took of you for 17s 6d you must receive the whole and return him as a present from me the add 7s 6d but every year Rent day Receive the whole Rent, Do not suffer him to remove anything out of the Garden, and tell him I shall take it ill if he do, but if you <sh…> to make him a present of anything you may for <sha...> none of them of any great value, my Wife tells me there <….> severall Tools and Instruments left in the Garden when Sir Ra. Deyd.  

      <Whatever> thing he can make to appear he bought he’s very welcome to take them away, When you go to Fallowfield be sure you take Jacob and two good Workmen with you, and also take pick and shovels with them for am informed in an hours time they’ll shew you a  fair  Vein at both ends that is 12 Score or more one from another that lyes directly as all the other veins does lye,   fail not to Answer this Lettr per Saturday nights post       

      I am yr Assrd friend

James Mewburne

S..D.  Upon second thoughts let him take any things out of the Gardens that will be serviceable to him, especially the things that he propagated,  I sent above a 100 Apple trees, be sure there be great Care taken of them, What utensils as Spades Shovells etc he bought let him take them away

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