Letter – William Blackett to James Standsfield – 2 Sep 1677

Document Type: Letter
Date: 2 Sep 1677
Correspondent: William Blackett
Recipient: James Standsfield
Archive Source: NRS RH15 102 6 2
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Honnored Sir

      Yrs of the 26th of augst is the first I have had from you since my last coming from scotland & I am satisfied by it to hear you have been at Wanlock head. I hope you are now in some measure satisfied that the men their hath found oar whilst you are concerned , & I question not but more wil follow to yr content the hopes of that mine, nor what you imagin was the reason of the romour all of the cows & sheep was not as you thinck but the Wrangling of thees fellows who each took the libertry to milk the kine & to make use of it as they pleased, & by advice, I deprived them of wt I intended not for them. I percave you at yr being thair late, cleared for yr three quarter part, but I fear not to my content or satisfaction note but I pray you wt you paid & altho you say nothing hath been pd them but wt you have I shal make it apear to the contrary & that som or most of them had nothing to crave but rather in debt to the concerned. I am satisfied you know not thees kind of men so wel as I doe & if not keept at under no dealings with them. I had been with you before now but our assizes falling out so late at Durham the 16 Augst & hear the 21st that I could not get away, being concerned in both places. I intend god Willing to be at Edenbr som time this week & so for the highlands & in my returne to vizzit Wanlock head to wch place I hope Sr James wil accompany me & then we shall, I question not but understand one another because lead mines are uncertaine, nevertheles I doubt not but we shall reimburse tho you dispaired, as for Carnwaths Wood I shall tel you more at meeting and remain 

      sir yr most affnate freind & sarvt Wm Blackett


[outer leaf:] For Sr James Standsfield knight these pres.t/ In Edinburgh/ pr paid

[annotated:] 2 Sep 1677/ Mr W Blackett telling me that he hopes I am now somewhat satisfied that the men have found oare whil I am concerned

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