Letter – Michael Blackett to Humphrey Willett – 12 Sep 1676

Document Type: Letter
Date: 12 Sep 1676
Correspondent: Michael Blackett
Recipient: Humphrey Willett
Archive Source: CUL MS Add 91
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M[esse]urs Hum: Willett and Compa[ny]     Ditto  [Newcastle 12 September 1676]


      I have before mee yo[u]rs of the 7th present I question nott but the Silver Server will give Content w[hi]ch I shall demand w[he]n please God In Thorpe arrives the Cost there of I have placed to yo[u]r Creditt ~

      I know not w[ha]t tis you call terme Madame; w[ha]t I desire is a payre of Tables, Such as is usually in Coffee houses the backe sid[e] there of is a draught board or a Game they call draughts all the diffrence is w[he]n upon the fore side wee English play att Ticktactke w[hi]ch they French call Tricktracke the have holes a longe the side of the Table to marke w[i]thall w[hi]ch wee English have nott; how many holes they should bee I have forgott I thinke a doazen upon either side but if you can meete w[i]th none that cann Informe you pray send mee a hansome payre without those holes though would rather have w[i]th holes if to be procured ~

      I have this day vallued upon you £50: payable 10/d [days] Sight to Mr John Squire or order vallue of him w[hi]ch pray lett be complyed w[i]thall I am    MB:
‘Tric-trac’ was a French version of backgammon.

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