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Mr Ord, Seing the view is put of and that no Quietness can be had about the houses (which you may se by what I here Inclose) I can very well <p.ceive> to be my Lds: So that Jno Robinson and the disturb<uble> people in the house shall not think to hector us out of whats due to my Ld therefore if it must be a tryall I am resolvd to slip notice on behalf of my Ld: So will immediately Eject them unles Mr Wilkinson and you can come up on Friday. I desire youl let me have a note of the Charge about Mr White and Partn<.rs> and Answer if I may rely on your Coming up which will oblige Sr yr Hum.l Servt Alb Silvertop 12 May 1708 [annotated at foot in Ord’s hand, evidently for Wilkinson as the letter is forwarded to him by Ord:] I rec’d this too late to give an answr vizt this morning pray let me have your thoughts wt to doe & wt say I am Yo Servt Jno Ord May 14 1708 [addressed on verso in Silvertop’s hand:] for Mr John Ord Newcastle [rough plan given on cover in same ink as used by Silvertop] [re-addressed in Ord’s hand:] For Mr John Wilkinson [annotated in Wilkinson’s hand:] a House in dispute wth Lord Widdrington [enclosure with simple diagram to left of text:] I have good witness that when Jackson tooke the lease of Selbys house one the northside or row with a house steed one back thereof that there was then a house steed as you may see by this and that it was never built by any after and that Jackson tooke the stones that belongd to the same house steed and made a wall fro oure house to Sr Wm Blackets on the north side. Can also prove that the houses Jn Robinson Claimes has been houses of use this fifty yeare which is foure yeares before Jackson tooke the Leass and that they were never house steeds so cannot be thieves; I hope its plain being theire leass mention a house steed that which was down at the leass takeing must be it: which I can prove by more witness then one or two was never yet built. I have a witness living then helpd to plow and dig the cloase before Jackson leased it and says they never came further then the Gutter on back of the Garth which now J: Robinson call past the Close
This short note is accompanied by two rough sketches, reproduced in the PDF version of the transcripts. It appears to relate to the Blaydon area, as the rough map includes a ‘Lane to Swalwell’, Widdrington, Blackett and Selby all at various times had land in the area, and John Robinson was a local resident.