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To Sir Walter Blackett Bart. Newcastle 19th December1760 Hon[ou]rd Sir I have with great Satisfaction rec[iev]ed your two last Lres [Letters], & hope your Disorder is quite gone off & that the medicines you are now taking will speedily <recruit> your spirits & provide your natural Rest, for which Dr <….> Lambert says they are only intended, but you have his thoughts in the inclosed Letter. Sir Edward Blackett thankfully acknowledges your Friendship but declines offering himself as a Candidate at the next Election for North[umber]land, he & most of the Gent[leme]n in this Qua[rte]r highly disapprove of Mr John Delaval offering himself, as it is said, on L[or]d North[umber]lands <In[erest]>, & it looks as that so <mu.. …eint> will be shewn on this occasion, as will probably put a stop to any contest. Robin & John Turner sett forwards with the Horses yesterday, & John Turner would call on Mr Swainston for the Return for the County of Durham as Mr Shafto finds it necessary to make some Stay in the Country, to counter act Sir Thos who is in Motion every where, but I am told he & the Gent[leme]n in his <In[erest]> are to have a meeting on the 26th when I hope he will think proper to put an End to any further Contest. I heartily pray for your health & am Hon[ou]rd Sir etc JR P.S. Mr Shafto is come to Town since the above & Mr Lowes & my son are going about with him among his friends this afternoon.