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Brother Edward: Newcastle Aug[us]t the 9th 1676 I know you are forgettfull soe shall make bold to putt you in minde of yo[u]r promise; of yo[u]r little Pretty Spanyell Dogg; w[i]th your promises to send mee secondly bee pleased to take notice; that I Rec[eive]d yo[u]r lett[e]r and therein severall peices of Parchm[en]t w[hi]ch you say are of Concernm[en]t whether they bee; or bee nott; you may bee certayne I shall deliver them Carefully accordinge to yo[u]r Order; unto my Cousin John Blackett; before I Returne from the Pay; where I intend God willinge to morrow morninge Brother <say> t'is yo[u]r desire I shall nott fayle to writte you onece in fourtene dayes; And In due time will advise you; when I intend to Billingham soe knowes nott as yett – pray Remember mee my businesse w[i]th Wil<l> Devell If you can procure mee the money you will very much oblige. I have noe newes to accquaint you w[i]th all; onely that by some Persons yo[u]r <Worpp:> [Worship] and my Selfe was thought to have beene Drunken att Hatherickes Mill the last time wee were there together; of w[hi]ch I never heare til of late I will for my Part give People leave to talke; I shall in my next write you <more> att large; In the meane time and In <Reallity> I am MB:
‘Hatherickes Mill’ - there is a possible link to an Eden family, and MB's mother-in-law Elizabeth had a sister Margery who married John Eden of Billingham. Welford's book on the History of Gosforth (1879) suggests the name Hatherickes is probably derived from the family of Hatherwicke; in the Parish Register in 1753 it is noted as Hatherick's Mill. The book says it formerly belonged to the Eden family, and was purchased by a Mr. Charlton of Newcastle, whose family still (1879) owned it (from Google, here.). (Hatherwicke was the name of a Parish Clerk of 1577, according to the story of Gosforth Parish Church.) This Eden link is confirmed in A Historical, Topographical and Descriptive View of the County of Northumberland (Vol. II) which states (p469): ‘... Haddrick's Mill, the property of the heirs of the late Mr T. Clarlton, of Newcastle. It had long been possessed by the Eden Family’. However, no further proof that this might be the same Eden family as the MB link has yet been uncovered.