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Newc[astle] March 31 73/4 Mr Peackoke Sr Yours of the 24 Curant Recd; wherin you take Notice of 200 p[iece]s shipt In Wm Leake, you thinke 10 st[ive]rs per pigg to dear; he promises you should pay noe more then others; he hath a great quantity In; he is sayled and have Left my Letter: I have sent you Inclosd your acct and thare Rest deue to you upon Bill £56 12s w[hi]ch pray writ If you will have Lead shipt for it; at prices curant wch is £13 per fo[ther] or as you plese to order: the death of my Co[ousin] Briggs & the sicknes of my wife maed be neclectt [?made me neglect] to send you your acct till now; Noe more at present Ra Grey
The will of Roger Briggs, Grey’s cousin, was proved in 1674: Durham Probate Registry 1/1674/B18. Half his lead mines in Teesdale Forest & Grasse groves to sister Catherine, his executrix, & other half to brother Robert & sister Margaret. Half of his unexpired lease of Hawdonfield/Setlingstone lead mine to sister Katherine, & other half to Robert & Margaret. Katherine & Robt/Margaret also to share in equal measure in his 1/24 of Stella Grand Lease colliery & also Red Lead Mill. Uncle Ralph Grey, uncle Matthew Matfin & cousin Henry Bland to be supervisors of the will. Codicil of 19th March gave £20 to mother Mrs Agnes Ellison & husband Robert, £5 to grandmother Mrs Eliz Garthwaite, £20 each to uncle Ra Grey & wife Margaret (also given his black mare), £15 to Wm Grey, son of Ralph, £5 to James, son of Ralph, yellow mare to ‘loveing cozen’ Ralph, son of Ralph, & ‘grisled mare’ to Richard son of Ralph, & various other bequests of tokens & to charity. Uncle Ralph Grey had 6 servants.