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James Inclosed I do send you a bond of £10000 to Indemnify all the Tenants & Cottigers <of> Seaton Delavall that continues, and attorns, tenants to me, if they understand their own Interest, I doubt not but every Individuall man will Comply for am Sure I have and Shall have in a very little time much more upon Seaton Delavall Estate than it is worth, they may intrust the bond in Mr. Mitford, of Sighill hand, Mr. Reay, Featherstone, Mr. Coulson, Mr. Davison, or Mr. Wilkinsons or any of their hands of Newcastle, who I am sure will be very faithfull & just to them, I wond<er> Sr. John should think of Sending Mr. Ord over who is an attorney, to meet a gentleman who knows nothing of the tricks of the law, though I Have too much reason to believe that their meeting will be to little or no purpose, give service to Sr. John & acquaint him that Mr. Norton will not faile to Meet his friend at peasbridge on tuesday the 3 of Novembr upon Second thoughts I have Inclosed the bond to Mr Reay, Coulson thinking it will come more safe acquaint me how the match goes forward wth Sr. Johns Daughter & Mr Rogers, & where you think it possible he can procure so much mony as he is indebted to me, am almost Sure Shall have a decree out of Chancery for the Selling of Seaton Delavall, & when it is so I wish it may pay what is due to me, be sure.
There is no date on this letter, but the next letter in the volume is dated 29th October 1713. As this letter covers the same ground as the following letter it may be an earlier draft of the same letter. From evidence from other letters James is James Mewburn (c.1680 – 1731) the steward at Seaton Delaval Hall. Sir John is Sir John Delaval 3rd Baronet (1654 -1729)