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Newc[astle] Mrch the 13 1673 Mr Geo Potts Sir This at present is to aquant you that Mr Dye is gone downe to sayle being Load[ed]; he could not stay for Cole bornes Coles the Tynes being frozen above that the Keeles Could not gett up; but he Lead [?loaded] on wth Teme and Towns Shaore both good Coles, he saith his ship is Leakey; that he dar not venture for france; pray retorne a Certificate for my fitter I bound for hym in the Custome House; and the bond 40s for Every Chal[de]r of coles I have sent you hear Inclosed his accts under his hand; the bill being 46 pounds w[hi]ch I shall Rec of Mr Barnes; and give Mr Dyes Bill of Exchang I hear nothing of your Brother; but ther is a fleet of ships before the barr and he may be Amonge them; but of it more per nixt post; not further for present but that I am your Humble Servant Ra Grey
In a previous letter of 6 Mar 1674, Ralph Grey describes Coleburn coal as ‘the best in town’. This apparently came from above Teams, after which point the river was apparently frozen. In the 1650s Grey had a share in the Stella Grand lease, the stiaths for which lay upstream of Blaydon and well above Teams, and this might have been the source he referred to.