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Mr Hubert Aylwin [Alywyn] ditto [Newcastle 16 June 1677] Sir I doe not understand your meaning of writing soe many times upon one subject, for my part upon your request, Intending noe prejudice to the Lady, nor any of her friends, and in Answer to yours of the 9th pres[en]t I hereby Lett you know that she is marryed, to the best of my knowledge about 8ber [October] last, with a very civell, honest, Ingenious worthy Gentleman, Capt[ain] Bickerstaff by name, Brother to Sir Charles Bickerstaff, I Cann hear of noe reall Estate he ever had, but while he was Governour of Berwicke £400: p[er] annum w[hi]ch since marryidge, he hath turned over to some other, and now Lives with his Lady, who was worth to him as generally is reported above £20000: and that being the needfull I remane MB
Captain Bickerstaff’s forename was Philip. He married Jane, widow of John Clark of Chirton, Northumberland in October 1675. The change in hand in the writing is presumably because Michael’s usual scribe, his servant Philipp Leece was en route to Stockholm. In all probability the scribe was MB’s apprentice John Wilkinson.