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Mr Henry Maister March the: 9th 1676/7 Sir I have before mee yo[u]rs of the 2d present Thereby takes notice you have placed to my Creditt the £42:16s:9d w[hi]ch is well I long now to heare of the Shippinge of the Goods I desired pray moreover send mee a Tonn of 2 to 2¼ Inch Square if to be procured: I heare Iron is bought w[i]th you, and that by Stockton men for £12:5:= I hope you can buy as cheape as any Soe leaves itt wholy to you above ½ a dozen Studdies I will nott have Soe send mee w[ha]t Sort you will they are nott for Saile; onely for to bow Iron upon and to breake Sockes and Coulteres I am MB: I doe nott vallew much if the Tonn of Iron above desired be under 2 Inch but pray lett itt nott bee under 1¾ Inch Soe from 1¾ but nott under; to 2¼ and nott above I care nott if you send mee One Tonn if to be procured accordingly. MB:
Previous MB letters to Maister has mentioned ‘staddies’ and ‘studdies’. The word was originally thought to be ‘staddles’. Staddle-stones are mushroom-shaped stone columns that raise a (wooden) building off the ground. Maister is an iron merchant in Hull, so it was thought that MB was asking for cast-iron staddles that act as feet under a grid holding sheaves of wheat/corn. However, this letter suggests another meaning for the word.