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Sir Thomas Blackett Bart. Newcastle Novr. 4th. 1786 Bretton - Yorkshire Dear Sir I wrote to you the 22nd Ulto. to wch. I refer you. This morning I reced a letter from Mr Dew acquainting me that the Bishop of Durham will comply with the offer that you made & accept of the £538.2.6 for the Exchange of Thos. Hepples Life in the two Leases of Weardale. I must therefore desire that you will send me the Name of the Life that you are inclined to have inserted in the room of Hepples & likewise a Certificate that John Depledge is living & in good health, that this business may be carried into Execution as soon as possible; I was with Mr Wilson this morning & on mentioning this business he said that his eldest Son William (who is 11 Years of Age & has had the Small Pox etc) is as good a life as he knew of, he is a healthy lad is not intended to be sent abroad, nor to go into the Army or Navy, I do not think that you can have a better. I have enclosed you Mr Staniforths letter for your Information respecting the the Matter that you mentioned to me. I have lately Sold 10,000 Ps. of Lead at the Advanced Price of £16.15.0 P For. & am now selling small Parcells at 16.15.. & £17. . P For. I shall not be able to deliver the refin’d that I have sold before <June> & the Common by the end of December. I am etc J. E. B.