Letter – Michael Blackett to Walter Chaytor – 12 May 1676

Document Type: Letter
Date: 12 May 1676
Correspondent: Michael Blackett
Recipient: Walter Chaytor
Archive Source: CUL MS Add 91
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Mr. Walter Chaytor	                          Newcastle May the 12th 1676


      My last to you was of the 6th present To w[hi]ch referrs you Since have Rec[eive]d yo[u]rs of this date w[i]th an Account of 400 p[iece]s of Leed Sold w[hi]ch I shall examine and advise you p[er] next how I finde the same And now every Post shall expect the account of the other 600 p[iece]s for I hope you would not fayle to effect my desire in every perticular and soe shall acquiesse from reiteratinge any thinge w[ha]t I therefore said as to that business ~

      Before send mee noe more Snayl , for t'is the damdness Cheate that can be Immagined; the Courseth Stuffe that ever I See, besides they are so cunninge that att the Mouth of every Bagg is putt, 10:20: or 30 C of a good Sort and all the rest good for little, w[hi]ch makes mee belive you never see itt putt up; but in Short; I will have noe more of itt if yo[u]r Tow bee nott very fine I shall loose £5: besides adventure Soe send noe more of that neither untill further Order And pray take notice that of the Bagges I Rec[eive]d there wanted all In everyone w[hi]ch pray See to gett you done good ~

      I never took notice of the 2d bill, butt had filed itt, w[hi]ch Inclosed I returne you In w[hi]ch roome I have putt the right one ~

      yo[u]r Bill of £150: have Rec[eive]d and placed the same In conformity w[i]th you And now every Post shall expect more Bills ~

      Jno Vaughan Sailed Weddnesday last the 10th past by whome you will Rec[eive]d a Packe of Stockinges Conteyneing [containing] of 4 duzen as p[er] the Inclosed note – marked W:C: for w[hi]ch you are to pay freight accordinge to Custome And pray dispose thereof for my most advantage and remitt mee the nett proceeds w[i]th the other money as also a Rundlett of Ale w[hi]ch my Wife presents unto you for a Toaken ~

      I hope I shall catch Welbourne att last; I wish I may ~

      I have examined yo[u]r account of the Sale of 400 p[iece]s of Leed w[hi]ch I have found right soe have booked the same accordingly  I am     MB:
A Rundlet is an English wine cask unit of capacity 1/14 of a Tun which was possibly 210 imperial gallons. Thus a Rundlet would contain 15 imperial gallons. From wikipedia.
The Exchequer Overseas Port Book for Newcastle upon Tyne for the year December 1675 – December 1676 (The Nat Archives E190/196/6), in the section Newcastle Goods Outwards, contains the following entry for 8 May 1676: ‘Ship named John of Newcastle; Master: John Vaughan; destination: Rott[erdam];Merchant: Michael Blackett; Goods: xx [20] Nor[thern] Kerseys Lxviij [68] Doz mens woll Stockings and sixteen Doz for Children, Duty: xxxvjs 1d od [36s 1d]. The ale is not mentioned in this entry. There is a further entry for 10 May 1676 for the same ship and master (with John Vaughan as merchant) with destination: Amsterdam; Goods: ninety six Doz mens wooll stocking CL [150] Doz: for Children Fifteen Doz Northren kerseys xiij [13] Sett xvij [17] tonnn and half lead Oare val[ued] at v  l [£5] per Tonn xx [20] Cha grindstones and one Bay Guelding; Duty vlvjs jxd od [£5 6s 9d].’ The lead ore could be something like Potter's Ore, a premium product so-named because of its use in (green) lead glazes.

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