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Newcastle 29th Feb 1679/80 Honoured Sir, I recd yours of no date last post by wh[ich] I p[er]cave you have got clear Eliock Wood wh[ich] I am glad of and I hope neather you nor Hopton wil part with yr mo[ney] but on sure gronds. Wt my part is I shall pay when I come to Scotland wh[ich] wil be about begining of May I shall provide the needful for the mill & send you the Inclosed to our men pray p[er]use & send them it, ading wt you thinck fiting & let me intreat you to send them 60 <RD> for I cannot have an oportunity to send it them from hence & I know the poor fellows wil be nessessetated so with kind respeckts I rest etc Wm Blackett [outer leaf:] Sir James Standsfield knight In Edenbrugh Pr paid [annotated:] 20th Feb 1679/80 mr Willm Blacketts obligatory <Lre> about Elliock Wood and desireing me to send 60 R D to the workmen at Wanlockhead for him in reguard he can not send it them from Newcastle
RH15/102/6/2/120. Elliock was near Sanquar and therefore still several miles from Wanlockhead, reached by the twisting Mennock Pass.