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James Street June Saterday the 4 I am exceedingly Concern’d Dear Brother at the account my sister gives me of your Complaint In your eys and I beg leave to joyn with my sister In Insisting upon useing this plaister which is onely Burgamy pitch spread thick on leather and laid as you wo’d a blister on your back you must have your back rubb’d with a Cours towel even till It smart and then Lay your plaister on and when your plaister has lain some time twill begin to Itch then take it of and wipe It with a towel and likewise your back and lay It on again this must be continu’d for some time the person that recommends this plaister had the experience of It her self and many others she has told It too. Mrs Durham had a fit fell down at Mrs greens and had a dimness In her eys after which this plaister perfectly Cure’d her of I beg you won’t be an hour ere you get a plaister tho’ It be spread thick on the lether It must not be spread to the edge by an inch quite round to prevent It daubing your linning I hope you will be very Causious In useing any sort of eye water and let no soul persuade you to a blister I am In myself perfectly perswaded the pitch plaister will perfectly Cure you which has many prayers and wishes for that Success Mr mahoun post not yet disposed of So we are still In the state of expectation I hope my Dear godson Is well and learns his book bravely but If I had been worthy of adviseing It sho’d have been Bille that had been sent Into Yorkshire [or]der to have been put to scool I have no opinion of haddam Scool [I/We] have lost our best neighbour Mrs girdler Is dead you’l think [I] have no concideration for your eys that detains you all this while but I hope you’ll ever believe me attending you with my best wishes and am yours affectionately Aletheia Blackett my service to sister ridsdale and family and blessing to harry my dear godson Mrs Cox has hire’d Mrs mary Remington they went last wednesday morning at 4 a Clock I am obligd to open my Letter to tell you this moment Mr Savill brings an account Is given to one <B>ennet Ime sorry for Mr Robarts twa’s his right adue Dear [on verso:] To Mr Blackett at his house at Newby in Yorkshire
No year given but must date from after July 1725 when John Blackett’s eldest son Henry/ Harry was born. The 4th June was on a Saturday in 1726 and 1737 so this must date from the latter year, when Alatheia’s nephews were old enough to be reading.