Letter – William Blackett to James Standsfield – 1 Jan 1681

Document Type: Letter
Date: 1 Jan 1681
Correspondent: William Blackett
Recipient: James Standsfield
Archive Source: NRS RH15 102 6 2
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Memoriall Mr Wm Blackett anent the Leade works  

1. to get wood & other nessesaryes for driveing on of the stack moss wch so it be droven on with all Expedition & seek the workmen . Cary a dew Lavell in the soal & thair breeth & <Limmered> so as not to waist any wood

2. We must have 2 Expert pickmen to work in the belton graine & see it be wrought workmanlike for thair is oar to get in abondence iff it be looked after.

3. We must not have the stewart to hector the men neather to Countenance one more then another but to see that every of them work trewly for thair wages & who <doth> amis to reprove them Civilly & doe not Exact upon any of them for thair nessessaryes neather Countenance storys of one or other, but the works wrought to our most advantidge.

4. Let the smith be Careful in makeing & sharping the workmens tools & when he hath spare time Let him goe through the works & se the men work dewly & also how the work tools stands. when thats don let him be makeing new work tools.
RH15/102/6/2/84. Undated but reference to Stack Moss and Belton Graine are also made in Wilson’s letter of April 1681, and Blackett’s annoyance about the steward hectoring the men echo complaints he made about Wilson to Standsfield the previous December. This letter is therefore tentatively dated to 1 January 1681

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