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Mr Walter Chaytor Ditto [Newcastle 22 July 1676] My last to you was of the 18 present to w[hi]ch referres you Since have Rec[eive]d yo[u]res of the 24th ditto; I am glad you have bespaken the 40 Mattes Tow desired; but am affreayd they will nott prove as you say (vizt) without deceite but if they be I can Assure yo[u]r Freind hee will have noe badd Customer of mee, soe hee may very well take a little more then ordinary care In my businesse. And if I find hee done. And that hee bee willinge to serve mee faithfully for any thinge I know; I may prove as good a freind to him as any whatsoever hee hath; yo[u]r Bill of £60 is booked in Conformity w[i]th you w[hi]ch I feare nott butt will bee complyed with all; yett I wish itt had beene upon a Londoner the account of my Stockinges I shall examin and booke In due time; but I wonder how there came to want 2 payre; I am sure I sent 84 duzen every Stockinge I hope ere this Edward Alderson is w[i]th you And allso that you have disposed of part of his Loadinge if nott all pray Sir lett People want noe damminge and remitt mee some money if possib[l]e upon receipt here of ~ Pray advise mee the price of all Sortes of Steele w[i]th you And whether yo[u]r place or Amsterdam hath the better Sort, And where tis Cheapest. And whether usually tis In Kittes or Faggottes. If in faggottes of w[ha]t Marke this pray p[er] first Conveniencey. And once more remitt mee some money as soone as possibly you cann and the Sooner the Greater obligation you will lay upon M:B:
A fagott is an old English unit applied to bundles of certain items. A faggot was also a unit of weight used to measure iron or steel rods or bars totaling 120 pounds (54 kg) [Wikipedia]. ‘Kittes’ must similarly be a measure of weight, possibly Dutch, although no reference to this has yet been found. ‘kite’ apparently is an old Egyptian measure [Wikipedia] but as it is only 9 grams, it would not appear to be relevant to quantities of steel.