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Newc[astle] March the 10 1673 Sr Tho Blodworth Yors of the 1 Curant came to hand: Lead for present heare are all bought up for £12:10s and some for £13. I beleave after this first shiping it may fall; and then If you please I shall treat with Mr[s] Baccon, you bought sundry parsells of hur husband; Mr Nealthrope hath had hur Le[a]d Latly; If you have a mind I shall treat wth hur for a parcel first tyme she comes to towne; my Cossin Briggs sould Mr Wigfald 200 p[iece]s; at £11 per fo[ther] I think it be about £12:10 per fo[ther] after this first shiping for thay ships for all ports but I have not heard of such a Quantitytye ships for Danske – Great Quantitytys of Lead use to come downe out of Poeland to that poart; to sarve holland; as for the Lead Oare the wather is soe unseable that I am afraid it will be May before they can [bring] it Inn; they brings the oare In In small baggs; but thay thay will not part with them; but your Cheaper Way is per Caske wch the Seller Never fownde but the biger; the Caske Is Tared and the Oare put In. When the Gentleman Comes to town shall doe my utmost to sarve you according to your order Bless be to god for this peace for there was Noe port in England sufferd more than this; my servis to my Lord Widdrington when you see hym; thay have lost thare opertunity thay might have had Coles for 7s and now thay are like to Rise to 10s per chalder and men are unwilling to part wth all; My servis to Sir Wm Wilde Littleton and Judge Ellis; we remember your good health in a glass of Cannary; Lay your Comands upon me Gr[e]at <salor> of ships frosen up. Noe more at present I am your Servant Ra Grey
Lord Widdrington was William Widdrington, 2nd Baron Widdrington (1631-1675) of Stella Hall, Blaydon. Sir Thomas Bludworth (1620-1682) was a London merchant, Lord Mayor during the Great Fire of 1666. Sir William WIlde (1611–1679) was a Judge in London Judge Ellis may be Sir William Ellys (1607-1680), at that time also a London Judge.