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My Dear Sir <While> all here very sorry to find you had been so very ill, hope you have consulted Mr Ingham & this change of weather for the better will I'm <..> no doubt be of service to you, <we were> very aprehensive that you got cold in going from hence so very early in the morning without breakfast, Mr Thomas whom I like very much brings me your letter he seems to be a very clever understanding man <..> much to the purpose. I could not prevail with him either to dine or take a bed here he went from hence to Halton to look at Tom Bates farm <...> which <....> made there, & I hope he will convince him that he has a most excellent farm & would be most comfortably settled he would but be satisfied <..> intended with what he has, but I believe his Mother puts these things into his head & persuades him to get all he can & make the best bargain before he leaves the Country. Mr Thomas said he should prefer going <..> to Fallowfield in the Spring in May or June when he should be better able <...> his opinion upon the Farm he seem'd much surprised at the present rent, the <skill likewise> that great <part> of Tom Bates Farm was worth forty shillings <an acre>, and yet this young man pretends to be much displeased & dissatisfied with his Farm. I wrote a few days ago to Mr & Mrs Bates the[y] sent me word that Mr Bates Farm at Ryal the term expires at old May day 1805 the[y] cannot hold it any longer than the Term agreed for. Therefore it may be rented at the expiration of this Term. I have no sort of objection to Mr Pearson being the Attorney, & am much obliged to Mr Williamson for his kind offer of looking over the title for me. I conclude you will hear from Mr Stead on the subject, he is or was in Town <w… ….> last time. We propose setting out from hence on Thursday Morn next & hope to get to Darlington to sleep, we shall I hope have frosty weather for the Journey; I shall leave all the Party in Cambridge<shire> & go th<en> directly to Town as I rec'd a letter from the landlord Col Parker to say we must turn out of his home as it is to be sold the 1st of Feby; I fully expected he should have had it for six months longer. I shall loose no time in getting another house, as we have no time to spare, the trouble of moving at this time is very unpleasant. I have inclosed you Mr Williamsons letter as <promised> with many thanks to him. Hope this will find you much better, Mary Anne & Miss <H> desire to join me in kind love to yourself, Mrs Collingwood etc believe me Dear Sir yours very Affectionately Wm Blackett Matfen Saturday <Eve.g> I <was at> Wallington this Morn. :Mrs T has gone over to Newcastle, they stay quietly there all the winter.
original damaged in places. Undated, but annotated later ‘04’. Context suggests it came before the letter annotated Dec 04 as it appears to refer to an earlier stage in Blackett’s interest in buying the Ryal estate.