Letter – Edward Blackett to James Mewburn – 12 May 1709

Document Type: Letter
Date: 12 May 1709
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: James Mewburn
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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James 									May 12th  1709

      Am sorry you can find no Rents that particularly names the one halfe of the Tythes of Seaton, there is <without> doubt in the Evidence Closett, provided you p[er]use Every p[ar]ticular paper, Which be sure you do Every day an hour or two till you get through the whole writing.  All sorts of Grain here keeps at a very Extravagant price, and rather rises Excepting Barley, tho it is at an unseasonable  high price viz. 30 <s> per Quart[er] and Oates 22<s> I hope you have sett all Accts straight in the West water  give me a full acct. what you did there by Saturday nights post  I believe the man that bought Reays Land would be surprized when you told him I would seize upon the Estate  In case he did not pay me what was due upon the Estate, I hope Will Lowes paid you for the Wood & bark wch he had not Recd. when he made up his Curr. Acct.  Go & give my Service to Sr Jno. Delaval & pay him his Tythe Rent, and tell him I hope he’ll take no more than what was formerly paid to the D of Somerset, and acqt. Him that I am here & will be his Advantage to receive no more, for he knows I have the Duke s promise of Seat. & Hartley Tythes.  I recd a Copy of the assess so be sure you receive them as soon as possibly you can, and never suffer one halfe years Rent to run into another.  I wonder you would Suffer John Burn & Jno. Moor and some others of them to be nigh a whole year in arrears, as for Moor he is a whole year in arrear besides May Day Rent, I wonder you would not <mark> his Goods, and the Rest of the Tenants Goods that is so much in arrears, Am sure if they do not pay their Rents well now they’ll never pay them, for both beef & Corn give an Extravagant price beef and mutton in our Marketts gives a <groot a pond>, and tis thought will rather be dearer than otherwise.  Acqt. me how be <sevrall> Shafts are, whats gott at the <fore>field & at the new Tryalls in Longage field             

      I am yr assured friend

Mr James Mewburne

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