Letter – Edward Blackett to John Van de Wall – 18 Oct 1710

Document Type: Letter
Date: 18 Oct 1710
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: John Van de Wall
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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      October 18 1710


I had the favour of your letter on the 3d under Cover from Mr Nathaniel Rogers of Hull I am so much obligd to you for your Extrordionary Kindness to my son John & you may be assurd my best Endeavours shall not be awanting to Inquire you out such a horse that is of the height Coulour & shape that you mention in your letter If such a horse be within a hundred miles of my house I have taken that Care as to have him bought tho I must tel you I Doubt such a Coulerd & Shapd horse as you mention is hardly to be found in these parts tho this is the only part in Engand where the best padds are bred & sold but w[ha]t the men of Judgem[en]t in this Country call a true right pad is quite Different both in Coulour & shape from that you writt me this is a Discription of w[ha]t we call a true right padd his Coulour must be Either a black dark browne or bay with some white as a Ratch star blaze or snip or a white foot & some people doe fancy a Dapple Gray but no Gent[leman] whatsoever in England will buy a pad or any other horse for service that has not some white upon him for it is observd by people that has Judgment in horses that horse of What Colour soever that has not some white upon him their Eyes are allwayes naught & will go blind in a short time shall write to my son John in a little time & shall name the height Coulour & every particular shape of a true right English pad & If you would be carried at your Ease & with safety I would advise you to such a one & when you peruse my sons letter lett me have your opinion of it & your Commands which shall be punctually obeyd by S[i]r

      Your most obligd and fathfull humble servt

For Mr John van Meel Merch[an]t in Rotterdam

our great fares for [struck out: ‘horses’] right pads are allwayes in the spring
John Van Meel here might be identified as the John Van de Wall with whom John Blackett corresponded in 1710. A ‘padd’ was the term for ’a horse with a naturally easy pace, a horse for ordinary riding, a saddle horse’ (OED)

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