Letter – Henry Richmond to Walter Blackett – 16 Apr 1771

Document Type: Letter
Date: 16 Apr 1771
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: Walter Blackett
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/3
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To Sir Wr Blackett  Bt.  M.P.  in half Moon Street                       Newcas.   16th April 1771

  Piccadilly, London

Honrd. Sir      Inclosed is Mr Thos. Gills Letter - what I have learnt about him is, that partly from want of Capital and Business , & partly from his Intimacy with Mr Storey the Tanner & others of that Stamp he failed.  that since his failure he has behaved well  -  & while Captn Boves was here was his Clerk  -  but is now out of bread  -  & that what he says about his Father is true.  I do not know him, nor how a Letter can be directed to him; but find he frequently dines at Mr Thos. Moor’s  -  a public house in the Close  -  if a Letter is inclosed to me I shall Endeavour to find him out.

    It is said the Trinity house Address to the Lord Mayor is sent to Mr Grieve and that he is wait upon you & Mr Ridley with it and desire you will Carry it to the Tower  -  & if you refuse he is to wait on Aldn.  Stephenson with it, whose readiness they do not doubt.  It is far from being considered here as a respectable address  -  most of the brethren being absent, it is said; and all their Comon freemen being summoned to meet on the occasion.

    Last Night we had a very severe frost, & to day have had a great deal of wind and snow  -  so that old people agree they do not remember so bad Weather at this Season.  It would certainly be a prudent unexceptionable Measure in the Legislature to allow Rice, at least, to be imported from the plantations Duty free.       I am etc    HR

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