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Peter I perceive by yr letter tht you Sent <Raw>den to Bedale to see the lead weighd off, as also Carriages for it wch was very well done, do you See a Sheet of it weighd, & let me know how many pound there is in a foot, for I am afraid he has cast it to thin, there must be great care taken to Secure the Chimney, & know of Scratcher if there will want no deels for the Roof of the house, for some of the deels wch are layd dos not lay the right way, so must be taken up, I hope there will be no danger of Secureing the chimney, if I thought there Should would be at the charge of taken it down however let me know Scratcher and Nevisons opinion, I doubt not but our Smith can make all the Necessarys for the Support of it, & in case he has no Square Iron that is thick enough let me know the dimentions & weight of the Iron & Shall Send it, the first fine red bull calf you must let Mr. Ridsdale have for his friend Mr. Beckwith, & he will give me my own price, I have ordered the brewer to Sell all the Swine Excepting the young Gilt wch. was given me the two boars & the <Six> large hoggs, faile not to give a full answer of this & the Rest of my concerns by the very first post to Yr. Friend
Undated but between 10th and 14th April. 10th used here. Peter was presumably Peter Aram, steward, housekeeper or gardener at Newby.