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To Sir W[alte]r Blackett Baro[ne]t M.P. in Halfmoon street Picadilly London Newcas[tle] 7th Febr[ua]ry 1766 Hon[ou]rd Sir Alderman Partis died this morning; and the Magistrates in Town seem, by what I can learn, to be much divided who to have in his room; they all incline for Mr Stephenson, but there is little likelihood of his being here against the Election and they are none of them for Mr Baker, tho’ the passing over him will certainly make him more violent than ever. Mr Simpson tells me that Mr Peareth and Mr Scafe are for taking the peers according to their Seniority, in case Mr Stephenson should not come in time, that Mr Surtees is for Mr T Partis but that Mr Mayor, himself, and Mr Mosley think Mr Hornbie will make the best Magistrate if Mr Stephenson cannot be had. I have not been able to meet with Mr Mayor as yet, but if I can see him before post time and can learn any thing material, that he does not write you of himself, I shall add it to my Letter. Mr Wade has sent two boxes and a trunk which he supposes to contain writings belonging to you. I shall keep them in the state I have received them till you return hither. Wm. Woodifield, who was lately put into your hospital is dead; and his place is filled up by Thomas Lock the Roper according to your order of the 16 Jan[ua]ry 1765 on the recommendation of Mr Clayton and Mr Surtees. We havw had a great deal of snow here this week, & a hard frost, so it is likely to lye some time; but I hear there is very little at Wallington or to the Westward. I have got the Icehouse filled & am etc HR NB. The following is a list of the peers in their order.