Letter – Joshua Straker to John Erasmus Blackett – 2 Sep 1797

Document Type: Letter
Date: 2 Sep 1797
Correspondent: Joshua Straker
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 207
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      Newcastle 2nd Septem 1797


      Mr. Fishwick called at our Office this Afternoon & said he was come to inform me that their London House would accept your Offer of the 10,000 Ps Lead & desired that I would give him a Tickett as he wished to Ship a part of it the ensuing week;  I told him I could not give him a Tickett for that Quantity as I believed that you had come to a determination not to sell more than 5000 Ps to each House as you had made an Offer of of 5000 Ps to Mr. Hewitson the day before, on the same terms you had made to him, that your first intention was to Sell 40,000 Ps but when you recollected that there were Five Houses to have each a share instead of Four, you then came to a Resolution to Sell only 5000 Ps to each House. Mr. F. said they must leave the Matter entirely to you, that if you intended to Sell 40,000 Ps that would be 8,000Ps for each House & they would gladly take 16,000 Ps for their two Houses.

      I gave him a Tickett for 5,000 Ps for their London House & the same for their Works & told him that if you thought proper to make them a larger Quantity that the Ticketts may be cancelled & others given, I hope that what I have done in this business may meet with your approbation & if its convenient I shall be glad to hear from you, but as you will be home in a short time, perhaps there is no necessity for giving a positive answer till you return.

      I hope you got well to Musselburgh & found Mrs Collingwood the Young Ladies etc all well. -  I amSir.  Your most Obed. Hble Servt.

                                    Josa. Straker

John E Blackett. Esq

[cover:] John E Blackett Esq./ The Rev. Doctor Carlyle's/ Musselburgh/ near Edinburgh

[annotated in JEB’s hand:]  Jos. Straker/  2nd Sept 1797

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