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Newcastell March the 15th 73 Mr Gorge Pott: Sir your of the 10th Currant came in due tyme; in my Last I sent youe Mr Dyes acct of [h]is Coles and Cash; the ballance forty sex pounds and Mr Drings Bill of five pounds I had sent you but that my man is out of towne: but the next shall send it; I have according to your order, rec’d of Mr Ambrose Barnes fifty one pounds for w[hi]ch I have drawne myselfe bill of exchange of you; at 3 dayes sight; I am sorry Mr Dye should deale soe w[hi]ch was to draw a bill payable to Mr Johnson; I am sure he needs not for I never denied him monys; nor Coles but would have persuaded him to have staid for better for oversea merc[hanting] declaring he would deliver at London; his ship being Leake[y] he hath as good a bulks of Coles the time of yeare Could afford being frost and snow, I am sure you have them for 7s per chalder; when I sold the same Coles at <sevetyme> to Fitters for 8s and now at 8s:6d; soe if there be any ships you are concerend in I shall use them kindly for your sake if consined to me: god be thanked your brother John is safly arrived wth you; and that <france> is tiring they are but slow heare; we Cannot get past 5s to dd [deliver] Coles at Riga and bring hemp and flax for order Coles are likely to risse to nin Shill[ings] per Chalder if new leed and Lead heare £13 per Fother qt 21cwt per Fother; I was discoursing wth some M[ast]ers this day about your shipe w[hi]ch Mr Sayles was late M[ast]er of who told mee; that the upper part was new worke, lower part was old that when she came to worke in a fresh gaile or storm Gorge Sayles will have his hat full with hir; if he be m[aster]r; of her to serve Mr Barnes; if you give hime noe better preferment if there be anything I can serve you in as to your Concerns Comands: Ralph Grey
This letter and the following letter are in a different hand to other letters in the letterbook, possibly because (as he mentions in this letter) his man is out of town. As described in a previous letter of Ralph Grey, dated 13 March 1673, Mr Dye had been unable to load his ship with Coleburn coal as the keels cannot ship it down the river, the Tyne being frozen. Instead he has loaded with coals from collieries lower on the Tyne and departed to London without waiting for a thaw.