Letter – Edward Blackett to Shem Bridges – 14 Jul 1709

Document Type: Letter
Date: 14 Jul 1709
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: Shem Bridges
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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Sir                                      						July 14 1709

      I Recd. The fav[ou]r of yr Lettr and am much obliged to you for imparting to me Mr Primate’s Generous offer in <passing> my son Christopher in Co Partnership with his Kinsman next Midsummer, I readily agree to that proposal, and hope my Son will Answer the good Character his Master has of him and if <..> yr Selfe or any friend of yrs will Advance me £1599 at 5 per cent at that time, I will give them my owne son Blackett’s bond or Land Security for it which they please, if not I’ll procure it in this Country, for as yet there is nothing of my Daughter Blacket’s portion paid and there will be due in a very short time <£12000> and there is a Yearly £400 <Acruing> to the Principall as the Intrest of £8000 wch was her portion but not payable till her Mothers death by Reason the Lordship which is security for her portion as her Mothers Jointure which putts one upon borrowing this sum, and I hope by Kitty’s Industry and careful Management he will improve his Estate so as to fully answer my Expectation, tho’ I must confess it’s a great sum to putt into a young mans hand   my Wife and all this Family are <assuredly yr.>  humble Servts   and pray believe me always yr most Affect Bro, & obliged Humble Servt.  

For  Shem Bridges Esqr, at Ember Court
Edward Blackett’s brother in law, married to Isabella Blackett

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