Letter – Ralph Grey – 30 Oct 1674

Document Type: Letter
Date: 30 Oct 1674
Correspondent: Ralph Grey
Archive Source: NRO 753 J
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I have shipt in Mr Wm Dye M[aste]r of the paull London one of Mr Potts M[aste]rs 12 caskes of oare qt 58:02:4 <tare> 2:0:27 C. I have sent you here inclosed Mr Thomas Shearwood acct for the whole of the ballance being seventy one pounds one shill one penny per next must give him a bill for the ball[ance] of the account <………….> thirty pounds deducted <. ome> is now sould for £17 p <..> but I tould Mr Sherwood he must make upe his bargan for twenty tun nixt sumer for we can expect no more til next spring The ways are so very bad the great raynes hath destroyed all the corne in this countray   that it is most shot and <…….> the raine falling in to the stacks before covering that the most of it will be given to the swine and the o[a]ts leadeth in thare yeards the corne prove so bad they cannot geat to sarve them for seed. Rye 5s and 5s6d wheat 7s : ots 2s6d and barley 3s6d per bush. If you have any correspondent at <roan> [Rouen?] that will give an account of the price thare of corne and coles we might frait a shipe out and <I ..>  Sr Wm Blackett had 30 sayle last yeare. I want a correspondent there Sr Wm sould lead chepe at 5 <loven> but he maid it up in his returns lead all bought up here at 13£ a fother to have returns in corne coles risen to 12s per chald and like to be derer if the Holandars send a fleat here with convoy to lead coles I heare no sayle is gone for Scotland.

This what needful from your humble servant

Ra: Grey
recipient not stated but Willett’s letter of 20 November, a copy of which was taken by Grey’s clerk appears to be in answer to this, via an un-named intermediary

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