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To Mr. Holmes Farnacres 21st March 1777 Dear Sir Last Tuesdays Post brought me your Favor of the 15 Inst. and I have this day drawn upon you (payable 40 days after date) for £229 -s – 9d being, the amount, of 753. Ounces of fine Silver at 6s/1d p[er] Ounce. We have been all so much in confusion in a warm Contest for Newcastle that I have found it impossible to get any thing done yet, about the Coals but now that this bustle is over I expect to get proper materials in a little time and shall then write you. The Carrier who set out last Week will bring you 604 ½ Ounces of Bullion. I am yours &c NW Junr. Farnacres 21st March 1777 Sir Forty Days after Date Pay to the Order of Messrs Bell Cookson Carr Widdrington & Saint Two Hundred and Twenty Nine Pounds and Nine Pence value received as advised by Sir your Humble Servants Walton & Smeaton To Mr John Holmes London [In the margin is a little note as follows:] March 10 days Apl 30 May 3 due 43
After the death of Walter Calverley Blackett there was a closely contested by-election in Newcastle on 27th February.