Letter – Onosiphorus Dagnia to James Standsfield – 11 Jun 1681

Document Type: Letter
Date: 11 Jun 1681
Correspondent: Onosiphorus Dagnia
Recipient: James Standsfield
Archive Source: NRS RH15 102 6 2
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I understand by John Tyacke you have A mind to set forward Againe if you could gett workmen . the last workmen you had I am sartain thare is not such Another Crue in England (exsept them <slefs>) for we Have had full experience of them both as to thaire behavier and workmanshyp, as for thaire behavier thaire very Abusef in there tonges to them that has don them A great dell of good and are in <deped> mony too. I am sartin you have bine very kind to them by A Letter I Recd from Mr <Baptist> you lent £35 to pay his depts and Loose him out of prison and allsoe the Rest had mony Lent nevertheless thire worst word in thire mouthes thay think to good for you, for the finall time thay wear here befor thay went to worke thay was £14 in oure dept & thay erned when wee wure at worke thay (Leggory & Squire) £44 and he is gone £4 in oure deptt besides in one hous £4-12s for drink besides other trivillin g depts I beleve in all will mounte to £12 that small time he was here (soe let Any Jug wt wicked sorte of pepoll thay be). Jno <Segre>] hes Reported in London that we <…> him for his work & cales us all A Company of Cheeting Roogs, as for there workmanshyp thay ware but ornery. As for John Leggorry, he is past worke and the other can doe but litle. Sir If you are intended to put it forward Againe I will bring others with my self that shall Carry one your work with Corrig and profit (if we can Agre), I think About 15 or 16 weeks worke will sarv the Contry, wich I can doe and follow my imploy hear, you will have no men Roling upone you as for playing weages, wch otherwais if you have A set of workmen of your owne and have not imployment for them thay will Expeckt playing weages, if your worshyp plese to bear my Charges I will come over and give you the nearest Account of what stok may farme for A 15 weeks free in all pertikulers, and Likewise will doe your busness in bying your ashes for thare is A great mater in your ashes for thear is <as.> that one bushell will goe as far as one and a ½ of other sum (as I have good Reson to know) Sir I desire you to consider one it and Return me an ancer wth the first post, for I am intended for London spedely. If I can doe you Any sarvis I shall be willing to doe it. I [once] writ before concarning your right work but Recd no ancer, John <Tiyack> tould me you Recd my letters, Sir when you write dereckt your lettr to the Close yatt glasshous which is all at present.

From your humble sarvant  At your Commands

Onosiphorus Dagnia

From Newcastle upon tyne June the 11th 1681

[Annotated:] From Glaserhouse of Newcastle, Mr Dagnia, June 11, 1681
RH15/102/6/2/172. This letter appears to relate to Standsfield’s glassworks in Leith, another of his enterprises. See J. Turnbull, The Scottish Glass Industry 1610-1750 (2001). The Dagnias were well-established glassmakers on Tyneside by the late 17th century

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