Letter – Edward Blackett to William Forster – 29 Jan 1710

Document Type: Letter
Date: 29 Jan 1710
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: William Forster
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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Mr Forster           							Janry  29  1709/10

      I Recd a letter lately from my nephew Mitford that he is to be Employed by the East Ind. Company to go into the Indies to be their factor, Pray lett me know as soon as conveniently you can by whose Intrest he was Recommended and who’s his Security for his performance, for such a place is not gott without great friends and great Experience in their Concern, I believe my Bro Bridges would neither Recommend him nor be his Security for he writes me that his Commission may be worth £1000 a year to him, besides a Sallary of £30 a year with Cloathes meal, drink, washing, & Lodging, I know what <effects> the Company sends to the Indies is Consign’d always to their President and Council, and no other has privilege of trading but themselves, so by Consequence he can have no gain by Commissions, I heartily wish him well, and pray do you give me a true State of the business, for my near neighbour Mr Aislabie has a Brother who is Generale of the whole E India Company Affairs in the Indies, and a Lettr to him may be of no small Consequence for my nephews future preferment.  Pray fail not to give me a line by the first post to yr Assd friend to serve you

Mr Forster att Mr Child’s in 

Love Lane Billingsgate

possibly the William Forster who later lodged with William Blackett at Panton Square, and the Forster described by Sir Edward earlier as having been his brother’s servant (William?) This could be consistent with the William Forster who wrote to John Ord from London on coal business in 1707

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