Letter – Ralph Grey – 3 Oct 1674

Document Type: Letter
Date: 3 Oct 1674
Correspondent: Ralph Grey
Archive Source: NRO 753 J
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Octobr the 3 (74)

Sir, Yours of the 26 last I recd:  where you take notice of the weight M[aste]rs mistake that the cask q[uanti]ty but 160C[wt] :03qt: 11lb I have I have [sic] hear inclosed sent you his note of particulars, & he doeth affirm your 34 cask q[uanti]ty 169 Cwt:3 qt:5 lb soe that I hope you did not much over pay the master when you pd for 80 ½ <tts> here is some 3 <tts> in the house I cannot gett it taken in though I profit greater fright, I proferd this day for Mr Wigfall 40s per <tt> & I canot gett any M[aste]r to take in some fier stones, I <thought> coals bing risen from six to twelve shillings per chalder that M[aste]rs would have served upon easier terms but we find the contrary. As for price of lead its bought up for Burdeaux & <Schotland> & they pay £13 per fother we have very bad harvist wether that I think corn will rise wth ius; rye if good 5s or 4s6d as in <you..ess> ots 2s6d per Bush wheat 7s <ower> ots & pease I fear will niver ripen our pease fills not beans 4s 6d per Bushell; I pray god remove his judments of of famine & sword from us. This what needful  Ra:Grey

                Cwt  Qt lb

Bar[re]ls 34 qt 176  1  20 grose

          Tare    6  2  15

          Netto 169  3  05    8 Tu 9 C  3 qt  5lb
The # or H or tt weight symbol sometimes clearly means H for Cwt but in this instance must clearly mean tons since 69 cwt 3 qtrs is just under the 80 ½ tts also mentioned

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