Letter – Mark Skelton to John Erasmus Blackett – 3 Aug 1792

Document Type: Letter
Date: 3 Aug 1792
Correspondent: Mark Skelton
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 211
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      Birthwait Hall Augst. 3rd 1792


I am favoured with yours including the Copy of Letter from Mr Lawson. It is a little extraordinary to me that Mr Wescomb sho[ul]d not know his Rights better before he made a formal Claim as it appears from an Abstract of the Title to the Est[ate]s of the late Sir Wm Blackett that they were limited by his Will to divers Persons in Tail Male - consequently Sir Thos. Blackett hav[in]g levied Fines & suffered recoveries which I doubt not were regularly done – (pursuant to the Deeds to lead the Uses & make Tenants to the Precipes which I found, but not the Exemplifications) has barred the Rem[ainde]r to the Right Heirs of the will In Fee, & thereby became himself intitled to an Est[ate] in Fee - The Ans[we]r you gave to Mr Lawson & directions to Mr Bell are perfectly right & I have no doubt but you will take Care that every necessary step is taken to defend Mr Beaumont against this claim which if persisted in they must take the Burden of making out themselves as they cannot reasonably expect my assistance or – Information on that head from Mr Beaumont or his agents – I have sent a Copy of the Letter to Mr B. in London & if anything occurs in this or other Bus[ines]s you will please to inform me in his absence – 

The <names> of the Gent[lem]en you have ment[ione]d for <Rings> shall be put upon the List.

I rem[ai]n Sir yr. very Obt. Servt.

M. Skelton

Mr Blackett

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