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Jan[uar]y 15th 1714/5 I return Dear Mrs Wentworth a great many thanks for the best Venison, & Pye that ever was eate [eaten] my Mother joynes with me to Sir William & your self, how often I have wish’d to see you is more than can be expres’d, so gaye & fond as this is you ought to shine in. Mrs Condon wrote me word your Brother & you was expected at York. I was told the Assembly there very near comes up to the divertion the Prince & Princess afords themselves at the Town once a week at Somerset House my Lord Staffords Papers was last wednesday seized on by an order from Council but tis generally supos’d he has taken care of them if there was any cou’d have done him hurt. my Lady is near her time, that <Morn[in]g> my Ld desired to be made a Privy Counceler he so Little expected being ill at <Tours> we are come to our new house in Dover Street, my Brother’s not yet Married nor do I know when he will, my Lord Harford is to be married to Mrs Thyn a great fortune & her sister to the Duke of Devonshire’s Son. I wish Dearest Mrs Wentworth as good a match as she deserves & that all things conspire to make you Perfectly happy in the hopes of Your oblig’d Humble Serv’t L Skipwith My humble Service to Sr. William. My mother is both yr. hmble serv’t [on cover:] To Mrs. Wentworth at Sir William Wentworth’s House at Bretton near Wakefield Yorkshire
The writer was possibly the wife or daughter of Sir Fulwar Skipwith, an MP until 1715. Mrs Wentworth was possibly Sir William’s mother Elizabeth nee Osbaldeston.