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Dec 22 1710 Sr I have rec[eive]d & returned you the Inclosed I think you have done very well in Laying the state of my nephews affairs before him I must own tis my opinion that he’l follow the same method as to the management of the lead mines as has been done since his fathers death but whether it will be for his advantage or not time will Discover it I wish him well and faithfull and honest Stewards Curtis will at Newcastle on Monday by whome shall write to you and send you the Counterpart of your acc[oun]t signed I orderd Mewburne to Acq[uain]t Mr Fenwick some time agoe that I Designed to send my servt over against the first court & he told him he would take care that he should be Enrolld & that the Court day would be the 4th of January shall desire your Assistance in it Am sorry Mr Carr should meet with such a publicke affront you know very well that he is not <in debt to> Mrs Lilbourne so it is only out of mallice about Kenton Colliery she would never have mad[e] <six pence> if my brother had not taken it of Mr Carr which is the only thing she and her children would have had to have livd upon I am Your assured friend to serve you
Recipient not stated but possibly also Thomas Brummell despite it being the second letter to him in one day if so. Joshua Curtis, son of Robert of Newcastle, gentleman, was enrolled as the apprentice of Sir Edward Blackett, hostman, on 4 Jan 1711: Dendy, The Company of Hostmen of Newcastle, SS, Vol 105, (1901), p.292.