Letter – Ralph Grey to William Peacock – 17 Mar 1674

Document Type: Letter
Date: 17 Mar 1674
Correspondent: Ralph Grey
Recipient: William Peacock
Archive Source: NRO 753 J
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Newc[astle] March the 17 1673/4

Mr Wm Peacoke

Sir This at present is to aquant you; that I have in the owners Love of Newc[astle] Wm Leaike m[aste]r the 200 p[ie]ces of Lead: you bought of Cossin Briggs and Leike the M[ast]er is to have 10 <sdivers> A piece fraite; I am to meat the M[ast]er this morning to sine a bill of Loading; wch I shall wth the acct of Cha[rges] send you per next; after <cleared> thay <seized> of the Lead and maed me macke A poast Entrye; or Else I had come well of but Mr Ives a wicked youth Light of it by Chance; my Cosson Briggs is very weake that I thinke he cannot last many days over; If thare be anny Consernes I can serve Come

William Leck’s vessel, the Owner’s Love, is mentioned in several of Michael Blackett’s letter eg. 8 Feb 1676 to Anthony Allaire. 10 stivers was approximately a shilling. It seems Grey was unsuccessful in hiding his lead amongst other freight to avoid customs dues

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