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Newby Novr 14th Sr I perceive by yours of the 11th that you doe not d[o]ubt but to find out bearers for Sockburn, which am very glad of, I remember very well that my late Ld Rivers when he was Ld Colchester was bearer to Sockburn for his Lands at Winslow, which is about four or five miles above pearcebridge he never would pay me any thing nor could I persuade the Deputy Leivetenants to grant me a war[an]t of Distress, my Ld Rivers is now dead, wholly owns that township, I desire you’l make him bearer to me, pray got it done while my Ld Scarbrough is in the County, & when you doe wait on him besure give my humble to his Ldship for I know him perticuler well & do not in the least Question but he will grant you an order for such to be bearors for Sockburn as you shall name to him, there is two years next Lady day before robsons lease be Expired, it is a very common thing in this Contrey to let Concurrant Leases & I do not doubt but you may find one or other that will be willing to take it, & give a good advance if Rent, am sure the mill must be worth a good Sum yearly, for I have heard that he grinds in a manner Day & Night all year round, if so she must be worth a Considerable rent, we have corn mills in this Contrey that gives [struck out: ‘much’] above a hundred pounds a year Rent & they grind but little or nothing in the nigh[t], when you see Ralph Lademan you may acqt him that I cannot let mulwith ground this year here is news comd this morning that Genll Willes has routed the Rebells at priston in Lancashire & that my Ld Darwentwater & his <men> is slain & with a great number of the Rebells and all the rest surrounded which is very good news, we expect every moment an Expres with a further an acct of it action just now since I writ part of this Letter another Express came which Confirms all on a total victory which I hope will make you have a good fair I am Your assured Friend to Serve you the tiths of <Hirby> Hill which is about Seaven Score pound a year or upwards, belongs to my neighbour Mr Willkinson of burrowbridge, it is in the north Riding of Yorkshire & does not Contribute to a horse as I am Creditable Inform’d so he would make a very good bearer for Gersby so pray manage this business well & youl much oblidge yrs Sr I thank you for the trouble you will pleased to give yourself in Inquireing without a stack of hay, I hav sent the bearer my Servt with moneys in case you agree to pay for it, I hope they let it stand over the year in case I do no make use of it all for too much in the hay Chamber at a time would but Dry & Spoil I wish you let me know wher it stands & what I can have it brought to my hay Chamber per waggon load, if it should prove to dear one had better buyit by load as they bring it to town, I am informed by a York man that keeps an Inn that the Common price is <.> per load I know youl do for me as yr Self, & pray blieve me Your Real Friend to Serve you
Recipient not named, but the contents suggest a continuation of earlier correspondence with EB’s agent John Ward. The Battle of Preston (known also as the Preston Fight) took place 9-14 November 1715 where an Anglo-Scottish Jacobite army was engaged by Government forces.