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Coz Blacket May 12 1709 I desire you’ll give yrselfe the trouble to go to my Coz Young at Carlton <Farm> and desire him to Agree with as many <Collier> he pleases to bring me Coales from his Pitt to New[by] and I will give them five & Six pence per Quarter which is six pence per Quarter more than I have given these <two> or three years past, <which> they have bread & beer and <Grass> for their horses, the last Winter was so severe that <I know> most of the poor Colliers has lost their horses, otherwise <I would> not give more than normally, the most of the Colliers are lazy Knaves for they promise to bring <all> Carter thorn Coales, yet I am told by Some of their partners that they bring the most of them from <Brussleton>, Butterknowle or Sheldon pitts, which are not so good by much as old <Cartherthorn>, pray as soon as you discours’d my Coz. Young give a line per first Post to Yr Affect. Kinsman & servt. Acqt. Me how my Coz. Yr wife has her health and whether She Rec’d any benefit by Doctor Chambers advise and prescriptions Mr Blacket Att Pitchburne nigh Bishop Auckland by Durham
The address given of Pitchburne nigh Bishop Auckland was Bitchburn near Howden-le-Wear, home in 1709 to Silas Blackett, who might confidently be identified as Edward Blackett’s ‘cozen’. Strictly speaking he was his third cousin. Their most recent common ancestor was 2x great grandfather Edward Blackett, d. 1628. See www.theblacketts.com. The collieries listed were all in this area.