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Newcastle June 16th 1775 Dear Sir I received your favour of the 10th Inst. and observe what you say with respect to Shotten Tythe; you must have misunderstood me when you thought I promis'd you should have them for I have no such power, Mr Richmond and Sir Walter Blacketts land Steward Mr Forster have the Sole Management & they were the proper persons to apply to of this estate I told you that I wo'd mention it to them, & if they intended Selling those Tythes, I th’t they wo'd be ready to treat with you. I have since been informed that they are not to be Let, & Sir Walter Blackett has thoughts of disposing of them We have few horses entered & I'm told little divertion is expected. Rain is very much wanted with us & I fear you are almost burnt up. Mrs Blackett joins with me in Compts to you & I am Dr Sir Your most obedt Hum. Servt John E Blackett Colonel Selby/ Paston/ Near Berwick/ Upon Tweed
possibly George Selby of Paston (1720-1806) or his son Prideaux Selby (1747 – 1813) English soldier and who later held political positions in Upper Canada.