Letter – John Erasmus Blackett to Thomas Blackett – 28 Feb 1778

Document Type: Letter
Date: 28 Feb 1778
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: Thomas Blackett
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 5
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Sir Thomas Blackett  Barot                                                          Newcas  28th Febry 1778

   Bretton    Wakefield

Dear Sir

	I wrote you on the 15th instant to which refer you.  Your Leadmine Agents will be here on Monday next for Subsistence which will amount to £1600.  I had paid in Advance on your Account about £500 & this Morning I received of Mr Henry Shadforth of this Town £600 for which Sum I inclose you a Bond at 4 1/2 p Centm.  You will please to execute it & return it to me.  I shall be under a Necessity of taking up the £1600 at the Bank.  I had not an opportunity of seeing Mr Wilson before he went into Yorkshire.  No Applications have been made to me with respect to your Ground nor the Livings since I wrote to you.

	The Interest due the beginning of next Month to Mr Wilson Mr Pearson & Mrs Sowerby will be £115.  There are 659 ps of your Lead at Blaydon; it is not refineable.  I have this day sold 600 of them to Mr Jonan Sorsbie Jr of this Town for £13.2s.6d p Fother.  The Price is low; but it is 2s.6d a Fother higher than I sold a large Parcell of Sir John Trevelyans a few Days since.  It will be May before the Lead Carriage begins to Lead, By that Time Sir Johns Lead will be all refined &, I expect, disposed of.  The piece of fine Silver That Mr Hunter mentioned when you was last here is not yet sent down but I expect it next Week & it shall be sent to Messrs Plumb & Brown London.  I expect the Price will be 6s.2d an Ounce.

	The latter End of next Week I propose making a Visit to some Friends in Scotland & shall be absent about a Fortnight.                          I am etc      JEB

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