Letter – Edward Blackett to Richard Speight – 11 Mar 1710

Document Type: Letter
Date: 11 Mar 1710
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: Richard Speight
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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Honest Mr Speight                               				March 11 

      I’m very glad to perceive by yr Lettr that you have bought 4 horses, and pray lett me have one of the best of them that will Suit my sett and you shall have yr own price for him,  I hope one of them may Either Suit Ratt tail or the young horse that you bought for me , which I do think to be the finest Coach horse in Yorkshire, my horses are fifteen hands two Inch and some of them fifteen hands 3 Inches, however a small matter in the height I should not Value provided they have a good <fore hand> a < Starr>, a smooth & good limb’d horse & metal, and I know you would buy none but such as I have described tho’ the greatest Critick may be Deceiv’d Sometimes, I expect without fail to see you at Newby on Monday or Tuesday and I wish you could prevail with Mr Maskrother or write thereon to come with you and tell them I will give them the best Wine that Ever they tasted in their time, I should now tell you that the Coachman I had last proves as drunken idle a fellow as any I ever had formerly, So that I almost despair of Ever getting a sober Coachman, I would willingly have a lusty good like sober young fellow unmarried, and a good Coachman, I wish you could Recommend Such a one, the Coachman I had last understands very little of his business, and Since I hir’d him I heard he was a married man which if I had known for that Reason he should not have come into my family. I am yr obliged friend to serve you 

Mr Rich. Speight

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