Letter – Joseph Richmond to Christopher Denton – 3 Feb 1730

Document Type: Letter
Date: 3 Feb 1730
Correspondent: Joseph Richmond
Recipient: Christopher Denton
Archive Source: NRO 673 2
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To Mr Xpher Denton, Newc 3 Febry 1729

Sr, I have yours of the 28th ult & tho I am satisfied Mr Clark & you must be made very uneasie by Sr Wms Creditrs I do assure you, it is not in my Power to help it, for I have not £150 of the Trustees money in my hand, & tho here is money owing by the best men in Town to the amount of a £1100, I can’t get any part of it, either in bills or Money, so that if Mr Clark should have drawn on me at any Short date I shall not know how to answer his bill, without making a Peremptory demand on the above Persons, who are intimate acquaintance of his, & disobliging of whom might be greatly disadvantageous to our future sale of Lead, howeve the you cannot undergo half the Plague wch I do here (for payment of the Funerall Expenses). I make no doubt of returning Mr Clark £3 or £400 in ten days  time for I expect Londn bills for that Sum in the above time, wch will be due in 15 days after, or if Mr Clark choose rather to draw on me at 30 Days wch I presume can’t be done without paying a prem[iu]m I shall dispose of the above bills in order to answer his, but I had rather he would please to wait the receipt of mine. I do not know that Mr Cook has any reason to complain, for by whar Contract is he intitled to all the Sylver we smelt. he has it all xcept some small quantity used by the Sylvery Smiths here, wch they have always been obliged with paying 5/9 pr oz as Mr Cook pays, & in what they use, we save the Carriage wch for what we send him we always pay, & is about ½ pro z, would he be willing to pay 5/9 ½ pr ounce & the carriage, on our being obliged to let him have the whole. As to the latter part of your lre concerning my Ld Chancellrs insisting the decretall orders [orders made by the court of Chancery, presumably as a result of a case heard there] be produced, Not knowing any thing of that affair I have sent over to Mr. Allgood who is now at Hexam, & I desired him either to give you and answer therto pr next post, or commission me to do it. I desire youl let me know pr return of the post, whether Mr Clark draws on me, or not, & that you’l communicate to him the content with the ebst repsects of  & your etc  

							Jo Richmond

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