Letter – Thomas Blackett to Mark Skelton – 1 Jan 1784

Document Type: Letter
Date: 1 Jan 1784
Correspondent: Thomas Blackett
Recipient: Mark Skelton
Archive Source: WYAS BEA C3 B16 7
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Mr. Skelton

I rec’d your Letter & will not think any more of the Kexbro’ Farm, You may remember that I guessed very near the Price. I hope your pretty Girl will go home safe but I thought that she was come to stay & to learn to riot with the other Girls.

All well & Compts. to you.

Yours &c

T Blakett
Written and signed in a frail hand, but clearly that of Thomas Blackett based on other letters from his hand. Undated and little to date it between the time of his taking the name Blackett in 1777 and his death in July 1792. Kexborough was owned by Beaumont following the death of his father in 1783/5 and evidently considered for sale at some point prior to his marriage to Diana (1785). The rioting girls were perhaps Diana and her sisters in the early 1780s. 1 January 1784 arbitrarily used here.

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