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Hexham Monday morning Dear Nephew, I hope you and Thomas got well home and found all well. There has been a sad upro at Hexham since Friday night about the road through the Seal. It is not to go that way now – the Lady Beaumont has been here and such a day on Setterday ringin of Bells and aile given away in the market place and a large fire in the market place after dark the nois never seased till two a clock on Sunday. Your uncle has sent you some speches – give John one of them first time you see him – your uncle joins me in Love to you all I remain your affectionate Aunt Mary Kell [addressed on reverse:] Mr Thomas Bell/ Bookseller Union Street/ Newcastle
Mary Kell was the aunt of Thomas Bell, Newcastle bookseller, surveyor and collector, into whose 1823 road dispute scrapbook the letter is pasted.