Letter – Joshua Straker to John Erasmus Blackett – 15 Jun 1798

Document Type: Letter
Date: 15 Jun 1798
Correspondent: Joshua Straker
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 207
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      Rothbury 15th June 1798


      I beg pardon for being so long in Writing to you, but I deferred it hoping to give you a favourable account of my health; I have drank the Goats Whey a Fortnight and tho' it agrees with me very well I get strength very slowly; indeed the Weather has been so changable that it has been very trying for Weak Constitutions, my Cough and Expectoration  is very little lessened.   I am very much obliged to Mr. C. Blackett for his letter to Coll. Farquhar and for his enquiry after my health since; I shall be much obliged (the first time you see him) if you will be so good as to return him my warmest Acknowledgements for his kindness & attention towards me.

      The Coll. & his Brother have behaved to me with the greatest Civility & kindness.  I have dined twice with them & frequently go and play a Game at Cards in the evening.   I am sorry to hear, by Thos. Crawhall's letters, that you have no Demand for Lead, but from the present situation of Affairs few Orders can be expected.  Ireland seems in a dismal situation, & as to the Distination of the Toulon Fleet it is still all conjecture, if Lord St. Vincent should fall in with them I have no doubt but he will give a good account of them. I shall be very glad have a few lines from you if you can find it convenient.

      I hope yourself Mrs. Collingwood & the two young Ladies are well & I am Sir.  Your most Obedt. Hble Servant

      Josa. Straker

J.E. Blackett Esq.

[cover:]   John E. Blackett Esq./  Newcastle

[annotated in JEB’s hand:] Jos. Straker /15th June 1798

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