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M[esseu]rs Hum[phrey] Willett and Compa[ny] Newcastle Janu[ary]: the: 23d 1676/7 Sirs I have before mee yours of the 18 present for your great kindness therein, doe give you many thankes, but a free horse ought not to bee too much spurd, I doe assure you I will never Charge any thing upon you, when not In Cash but when brave advance offers, and then I will presume, and if I Cannot, Reeinburse you In time, as some times it doth fall out, I will allow you Consideration Pray take notice of the following draughtes this day upon you viz one payable 6/d[ays] sight to mr Matthias Hunter or order valew [value] of mr Alex Simpson for £20:=:= one payable 6/d[ays] sight to mr Suertis Swinburne or order valew [value] of mad[ame]: Swinburne for £2 one payable by 6/d[ays] sight to mr Ralph Sanderson or order valew [value] of mad[ame]: Swinburne for £100 all w[hi]ch pray let be Complyed with all I sent you last post a bill for £200 w[hi]ch for some Reasons pray Returne, and I will send you another In Roome thereof, and I think for a greater somme [sum], otherwise itt shall bee heard I am In some haste MB:
A copy of this letter is in the letterbook on the pages that contains letters from May 1676, at the end of the recto letterbook page numbered 107. There this letter is clearly out of sequence. There is a large X in the left-hand margin (and a line across the page above the letter) to reinforce the impression that it was written in the wrong place, and the letter also appears in the proper date sequence.