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5 [struck out: ‘Octobr’] Novembr 1713 James I Sent the bond by my Son Christopher to Mr. Coulson So do you call of him for it & send for all the tenants & read it to thm there are two or three little blanks in it, not knowing Wid[o]w Moors Christen Name wch you may fill up I do not in the least question but it will give great satisfaction to all the Tenants, you may acquaint thm tht I have nigh fifeteen thousand pounds upon it, wch they own is more than the Estate is worth, besides Interest runs on wch is £900 a Year, & Every Year will be more & more, so if the Estate were double in a few years it would run it out, at Mr. Nortons & Mr. Ords Meeting there was nothing done, though Mr. Ord Ownd the whole Sume, but Says the Estate is not able to pay it, that is to Say, there is more money upon it than it is worth, but would give me Land in another place in Northumberland, for the clear yearly Rent I make of Seaton Delavall wch I possitively refused, you may assure the Tenants I will not part wth. Seaton Delavall upon any Terms, [struck out: ‘resolving to keep it my Self you may acquaint the tenants that does’] till my whole Sume is paid wch is Never likely to be having so great a Sume upon it you may likewise acquaint all the Tenants that does not pay me their Rents that they may never Expect any favour from me as soon as you have read this letter & bond to the Tenants, Send a letter to Newcastle by the very first post, & ac[quain]t me their answers. Also assure the Tenants that If any of their goods should be distrained, by Sr. Johns order, do you repl<ace> them in my Name, & Shall indemnify them upon all accts, against Sr. John, this is as full as I can write, I am yr assured Friend If any of the tenants has a mind to have a copy of the bond you may give it him but do not part wth the originall, but to a Mercht. in Newcastle that the Tenants & you shall pitch upon
The phrase ‘I am yr assured friend’ sits awkwardly in relation to the rest of the text in the letter below and may not be attached to this letter but to the following one. From evidence from other letters James is James Mewburn (c.1680 – 1731) the steward at Seaton Delaval Hall.