Letter – Maria Blackett to Barbara Mitford – 29 Sep 1709

Document Type: Letter
Date: 29 Sep 1709
Correspondent: Maria Blackett
Recipient: Barbara Mitford
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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Dear Cozen 

      my father forgot to give you a small present, when he took his leave of you at Newcastle, so I desire you will accept it now from    yr most affct. Kinswoman & Humble Servt

      Pray make my humble Duty acceptable to my dear Godmother and Uncle Mitford

For Mrs
Neither the writer or recipient is clear, but mention of Uncle Mitford suggests it was intended for one of the daughters of Robert Mitford & Christian (nee Blackett), Sir Edward’s sister. Could have been Mary, Dorothy or Barbara. As the receipient of a present Barbara, the youngest, is assumed here. The writer was possibly from cousin Maria since the previous letter from EB was to her. Date not given so assumed same as previous lettr.  Different writing to previous letter and signed from ‘kinswoman’

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