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In his Majestys Court of Exchequer William Tate of Newcastle upon Tyne Tyde Waiter in the Customs there Maketh oath that the Letter hereunto annexed marked (A) signed Wm Lowther directed to this depon[en]t dated Ordley Janu.ry the 7. 1741 was left at this deponents house in Newcastle on Friday the Eight Instant and was received that night by this deponent and saith that the same is all of the handwriting of the said William Lowther of Ordley afors[ai]d as he verily believes and saith he is an intire strainger to the matter & things complained of in the said letter and hath not been in that part of the Country since the seventh of June one thousand seven hundred and Forty nor seen the said William Lowther in all that time And this Deponent further saith that the Letter hereunto annexed Marked (B) directed to Mr William Corbett Esqr at the Pay Office in Broad Street London These with Care and speed date of <Eastend> Janry 7 1741 Signed William Johnson And also the other Letter Marked (C) signd William Johnson dated East End janry 7 1741 directed to Mr John Airey Attorney at Law in Newcastle These with care and Also respectively of the hand writing of the said William Lowther as this Deponent verily believes and saith in this deponents judgement the said William Lowther is a Person very unqualified for any such business or Imployment as he would recomen this deponent to expose him in and for that reason did not apply to the said Mr Airey or concern himself in the said affaire And saith he knows no such place as East End aforesaid, where the said two last mentioned Letters are said to be dated from. Wm Tate Taken and Sworn this sixteenth day of January One Thousand seven hundred and forty one at Newcastle upon Tyne Before me John Airey a Comiss[ioner] on this behalfe.
Deposition by William Tate concerning the following letters A, B and C from William Lowther and William Johnson