Letter – Edward Blackett to Philipp Leece – 29 Jun 1710

Document Type: Letter
Date: 29 Jun 1710
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: Philipp Leece
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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      June the 29

Honest Phillip

      I Received yours the 25 am glad that the undertakers have made a pay but I find you are very much mistaken in your Reckoning when you say sixteen pieces to the Tunn w[he]n fourteen p[ieces] is a Tunn & something better & if all the ore w[hi]ch is [in] the field had been smelted I know the undertakers would have lost very little or nothing shall Allwayes be glad to hear of their gettings for I heartily wish each of them as much profit as my self

      You did mighty well in Letting 3 of the old wast heaps & I perceive to 4 Extraordinary good Budlers should be glad to hear you had got many more of the old heaps let You know in winter you have allwayes plenty of worke & If you can Enquire out 50 undertakers against Winter it would be very much to my satisfaction for the sooner there is mony made of the waste the better You may order the Carriage of all my Lead Down w[it]h all possible speed for a piece [sic – peace] is Expected every <day> then Lead will most Certainely Rise w[ha]t money you have occasion for repairing Fallowfield house shall order Willm Lowes to pay it but he is a very <good> paymaster <that payes on ... …. have paid for leading & his work is done which I’m afraid will not be 2 months Willm Lowes will pay pt ….> I would not have Henry Tulip to come to Newby but when he has little or nothing to do at home I have receiv’d severall mesages from him that assoon as the pay is over he will come Immedia[tely] away for I perceive he bought a horse for my son It must be a charge for him to keep it & I think the sooner he gets Quit of it the better for fear of a mischance By no means let harry Tulip come to Newby til such times that he hath nothing to do at home Am very Indifferent of smelting the <…> ore till I have a good quantity of the ore before hand as much as will serve the hearth for the time Ime to have it

      I am Your assured Fri[end] 

When you returne from Crookbank Let me have a line from you & how you approve of the vaine
Surname not stated but there are other letters to Philipp Leece from EB at a similar time, once an apprentice of Sir Edward’s brother Michael, on the subject of mining so he is assumed here.

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