Letter – Edward Blackett to James Mewburn – 22 Dec 1709

Document Type: Letter
Date: 22 Dec 1709
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: James Mewburn
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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James                         								Dec  22

      I perceive that Covn[enan]t you made in Skepsey’s Lease pleases the tenants so you may make it in all the Leases but take care there be a Clause that it be with my Wife’s and my own approbation, and not otherwise and that none of them plows without my and my wife’s Consent, to pay forty Shillings per Acre as an increase of rent, I am  not willing to be at any charge about <Shacler’s> house.  You write me the thatching of it will cost above forty shillings which is [crossed out: ‘which is more than half years’] nigh an whole years Rent, if he’ll give more rent for it I’ll be at the Charge, if not, shall not be at any charge  whatever with it.  I hope Anthony Rickaby will consider better of it, and if you see him by the by you may tell him I have a great mind he should be my Ten’nt and that he shall find me a very kind Landlord.  You did mighty well to pay Mr Brumell and also Mr Stephenson.

      Am very well pleased what you did with Mr Fenwick and am content to take £8.15 which you know is the same price I held last for, and Receive my moneys the first of March so Ordr James Clark to Weigh of all my Lead as Mr Fenwick has Occasion, Be sure you ordr the wherrymen to bring down the lead as fast as it comes to Newburne and also write a Letr to the East Carriagemen that they do not let any lye at the halfe way, I am very glad you have let Whitridge, and I do not despair but in a while beside you’ll let Lysden likewise,  I hope on Saturday you’ll satisfy Mr Fenwick of the mistake that was in his last Acct 

      I am yr assr’d friend

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