Letter – Michael Blackett to Humphrey Willett – 17 Nov 1676

Document Type: Letter
Date: 17 Nov 1676
Correspondent: Michael Blackett
Recipient: Humphrey Willett
Archive Source: CUL MS Add 91
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Mess[eur]s Hum[phrey]: Willett and Compa[ny]    Newcastle 9ber [November]: the: 17th: 1676


      My last to you of the 11th I hope came safe to yo[u]r handes by w[hi]ch you will see how free I am w[i]th you if (for requitall In some measure) I can att any time serve you In this place pray freely lay yo[u]r comm[an]d upon mee ~

      Att last I have mett w[i]th some Billes Inclosed is fouer [four?] To the Vallue of £610: to w[hi]ch I pray p[ro]cure the needful. I have Loaden and Consigned unto you aboard the Samuell of London W[illia]m Ward Commander 200 p[ie]ces Small Leed w[hi]ch after good arrivall bee pleased to Receive and dispose thereof for my most advantage payinge the Ma[st]er nine pence p[er] p[iec]es freight; and 5S to the Men to drinke if demandes this is a small p[ar]cell for a tryall; if any Incurag[me]nt I can Supply you upon the least notice; I leave the disposall of this wholy to yo[u]r discretion Soe yo[u]r proceedinges shall bee to content; nott doubtinge butt you will doe for mee as if itt were yo[u]r owne concerne; and Soe I remayne

1. The Coastal Port Record book for Newcastle (National Archives Kew E190 196/8) record for 16 November 1676: ‘Ship name: Sam[uell]: of London; Master: W[illia]m Ward; Goods: xl [40] case glasse, xij [12] fothers and an half lead’. That weight would correspond to 200 pigs of cast weight 10 stone each.

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