Letter – Michael Blackett to Walter Chaytor – 5 Aug 1676

Document Type: Letter
Date: 5 Aug 1676
Correspondent: Michael Blackett
Recipient: Walter Chaytor
Archive Source: CUL MS Add 91
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Mr Walter Chaytor           Ditto [Newcastle August 5 1676]


      My last to you was of the 28th July to w[hi]ch referres you Since have Rec[eive]d yo[u]rs of the 4th and 7th present In the former have the good newes; of Edward Aldersons safe arrivall for w[hi]ch God be thanked I take notice of the Saile of my Grindstones att 13½ Gilders p[er] Chalder as allso of the Sale of my Coales; pt [part] att 12½ and pt [part] att 12¼ hoedt both w[hi]ch please mee very well; all things is to my Content onely that you remitt mee nott money fast enough there is little profit to bee gott; Soe that if you can nott make mee quicker Returnes; I must goe Seek out some other Trade; I hope ere this all my Loads is disposed of; Soe pray one more; lett People want noe damminge and remitt mee some money if it bee possible; to move you to w[hi]ch I can nott say more then I have allready done

      In yo[u]r letter takes notice of £100 remitted Mr Nelthorpe upon my account In W[illia]m Harryes [Harris's] his bill upon Sam: Shepherd payable 3/d[ays] Sight w[hi]ch bill is In liew of Harris his former protested bill upon Stocke the same is booked accordingly; but I could wish you had nott Inclosed itt to Nelthorpe for Severall Reasons, make noe more billes payable to him butt all to my Order; and send them directly to mee and bee sure never send mee any but upon Londoners except you gett some Consideration w[hi]ch pray observe I am

A ‘hoedt’ seems to be a Dutch measure for coal. ‘A hoedt of pit coal is 38 maaten’ [The Elements of Commerce, by Christopher Dubost, http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=qkI7AAAAcAAJ&pg=PA327&lpg=PA327&dq=hoedt+coal+holland&source=bl&ots=wXNV7KyL5w&sig=Fi3L-h1N1dAyh6jQb1nHwdXUGGI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9pWEVO3NB4fcPbGKgJgF&ved=0CCMQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=hoedt%20coal%20holland&f=false]. ‘1 Amsterdamse hoed = 38 maat =11.72 hectoliter’ http://rabbel.nl/Olddumes.html.

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