Letter – Edward Blackett to Thomas Wilkinson – 1 Feb 1715

Document Type: Letter
Date: 1 Feb 1715
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: Thomas Wilkinson
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 191
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       The great respect I have for the memorey of your grand father and father obliges me to reminde you of an agreement that was made betwixt them and Sr Bryon Stapylton, and by all their request I was desired to be guarinte for their true Performance of the agreement, that is to say, that when Mr Willkinson had a minde to bring in any Gentleman upon an Election for a parliamt man, Sr Bryon would agree to and give no disturbance in the least & Mr Wellkinson would do the same to Sr Bryon or to any friends of his who he would recommend in his roum, so that now is a time not only to performe the agreement but to unite both familys in true friendship as they were formerly  I know you are very indiferent of being a parliament man your self so if you think it convenient will come to burrowbridge to morrow in the afternoon & shall desire Sr bryons Company, & will Engage it shall not fail on Sr bryons side, to have a right understanding betwixt your familyes which will oblige a great many gentelm[en] in your neighbourhood & perticulerly 

        Sr Your most faithfull Humble Servt 

Sr Bryan knows nothing of this letter it is my own doing, in hopes of making you friends
undated but in sequence between others dated 30th Jan and 1st Feb. 1st used here.  Recipients un-named but the tenor of the letter suggests it might have been Thomas Wilkinson, one of the MPs for Boroughbridge in the feb 1715 election. The Wilkinsons and the Stapleton’s had an agreement to carve up the small borough’s two seats between them.

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