Letter – John Erasmus Blackett to George Brooks – 5 Feb 1783

Document Type: Letter
Date: 5 Feb 1783
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: George Brooks
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 5
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George Brooks Esqr  Green Street                                       Newcastle   5th Febry 1783

       Grosvenor Square   London


	I received your Favour of the 30th Ulto the Contents of which I must Confess surprised me much & postponed answering it till I had seen Mr Bell who I immediately sent for from Hexham & inclosed I send you a Letter from him wch I hope will satisfy you that this mistake did not originate with me but that I have been led into it by some misunderstanding between Mr Dew & Mr Bell; at the same time I must say that 1 & 2 Years Rent for the Exchange of a Life is in my opinion too high for tho’ Clarke is 72 Years of Age he is Hail & Strong & Robson is a very good Life & had I thought that you would have insisted on so high a Fine for the Exchange of Clarkes Life I would have waited & let it drop; However as I find you make a Point of it I have inclosed sent you a Bill as above for £151.9s.9d you mention not doubting but you put Sir Thomas Blackett on a footing with every other Lessee under the Lord Bishop of Durham.  You will please to acknowledge Receipt of the Bill & at your Leisure send me the proper Receipts.  ps  From the Confidence I have with Mr Bell & his Punctuality etc in Business I have every Reason to believe that he is not mistaken & am etc


                                   £151.9.9             Newcastle Bank     5th February 1783

                                   Ten Days after date Pay to the order of John Erasmus

                                   Blackett Esqr  One Hundred & Fifty one Pounds nine Shillings

                                   & nine Pence   Value received

                                                                         For Bell Cookson Carr Widdrington & Self

To Messrs Castell Powell                                                                                        Jos Saint

        Sumner & Co      London

No 1281                                                               Endorsed

                                                                        John E Blackett

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