Letter – Isabella Blackett to Edward Blackett – 27 Nov 1709

Document Type: Letter
Date: 27 Nov 1709
Correspondent: Isabella Blackett
Recipient: Edward Blackett
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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Dear Bro.              							Novr. 27  1709

      Am very glad to perceive by yrs that you gott safe to England, My father Rec’d a Lettr from you this day, and is very angry that you do not write with yr own hand, for he says he does not believe a Lieut’s Pay will keep a secretary,  he thinks you did very well in Writing to Mr Aislabie, and tis much better in another hand than yr own, for you write so very bad English that he is sure Mr Aislabie would not have understood it, he is now at Studley and will not be at London till a little while after  Xmas  he has promised my Father to use his best Endeavour to gett you a ship and does not in the least question it, tho’ he is sorry for the Alteration that’s made in the Admiralty, however the Duke of Devonshire is so great a man that his request will not be deny’d, and my fatehr is very well assur’d that he will Recommend you, Be sure you write me by the first post how you Directed yr Lettr to Mr Aislabie, in case Mr Smirk have it ordr him to keep it till he come to Town and desire him to Deliver it with his own hand, my father bid me tell you that tis no great matter if you do go a Cruising for tho’ you be absent he’ll Endeavour to do yr business and will send a Lettr to Mr Smirk to Inclose to you, and will gett an Ordr from the Admiralty for yr coming to Town as soon as he has prevail’d for a Commission for you,  All here give you their kind Remembrances an believe me yr most Affect. Sister          

      Is. Blackett

Sir      									Novr.  27

      I had a Lettr lately from my Brother, and not knowing how to direct to him give you this trouble pray inclose it to him by the very first post and you’ll very much oblige   Sir yr Humble servt    Is. Blackett

Mr Sampson Smirke  per J Aislabie
Recipient not stated, but mention of the Navy indicates this must have been Isabel’s brother Edward. Though from Isabel, the draft is in the same hand as the majority of others in the letterbook

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