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Mr William Tweedale Bretton Near Wakefield Yorkshire [up to first 10 lines missing, cut out] I have continued to pay I. Littlewood since I saw you at this place. I don’t perceive that any thing has been paid by the Overseers of Rexborough on her Account for some time by Mr Straker’s papers, the only one that I have seen relating to it is a Copy of a letter to Mr Noble, (a Copy of which you have on the other side) & if nothing has been paid since, the Arrears now due will be in all £13 - - which if right, will be much obliged by your receiving [rest missing, = reverse of excised section to front Copy letter referred to is as follows:] Newcastle 28th Jany 1799 [sic –dated later than the one referred to in covering letter] Dr Sir, I sent you by Col B’s Servant I. Littlewood receipts Amounting to £5.17.- & enclosed I send you two more which will make £7.3.- which you’ll please to receive of the Overseers of the Parish of Rexborough & remit me the same & likewise inform them that as they are so inattentive to the Repayment of the Money that I shall certainly make no more payments to the Woman on their accont. They are people I have not the least acquaintance of but was ind<uced> to do it at the request of your Father I am etc J. Straker (a copy) Mr Rich. Noble
Incomplete. The first portion of the letter has been excised. The end of the letter possibly also missing. Although annotated on cover ‘22 Jan 1799 Mr J Straker’, contents suggests the covering letter was actually written by someone in Straker’s office in his absence, presumably Thomas Crawhall.