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Newcastle 30th July 1792 Sir I this day received your letter of the 27th inst. with a Copy of the late Sir Thomas Blacketts Will; I observe the opinion of Mr. Frearnes on the Divisees & Limitations of the Real Estates & I congratulate you on the same, as it certainly must Relieve you from Great Anxiety. Inclosed you have a Copy of a letter that I received this morning from Mr. Lawson a Person of Character& pretty good Fortune who I believe is employed by Mr. Westcomb in the receipt of some Tithes in this Country. I shall acquaint Mr. Lawson that the late Sir Thomas Blackett having Passed a Fine & suffered a Recovery in a regular manner was entitled to dispose of the several Estates of the late Sir William Blackett on which amount any further Information from one respecting them would be quite unnecessary; This Business I am informed was done and I have no doubt in a very regular manner by the advice and I have no doubt in a very regular manner of Mr. Jon. West, the writings must be either at Bretton, or in the possession of Mr. West, & I submit it to you whether it will not be necessary that they should be looked into. I thought it necessary to send Mr. J. Bell of Hexham a Copy of Mr. Lawsons letter, with directions to apply to the several Tenants to prevent their Attornment to Mr. Westcomb &c in case of any application being made to them for that purpose. The several Game Keepers Deputations shall be sent by the Diligence directed to Mr. Beaumont at the Straffords Arms Wakefield & to be forwarded from thence to Bretton, & if you think it necessary they may be forwarded from thence to Mr. Beaumont. I am Sir Your Most Obedt. Servt. John E. Blackett I omitted mentioning two Gentlemen to whom I think Mourning Rings should be sent, they are both Relat[ions] of the Family & acquaintances of the late Sir Thomas Blackett Sir Henry Mainwaring Bart. of near Northwich Cheshire Stephen Watson Esqr. of North Seton, Northumbd. Mr. Westcomb is a distant relation but Mr. Beaumont will judge of the Propriety of sending him a Ring.
Recipient not stated, but content infers it was addressed to Skelton. It was not copied into JEB’s outgoing letter book