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I have sent by Warburton the Leeds Carrier, a Cask directed for Sr W[alte]r of six gallons Canary, w[hi]ch Tho. Craven left behind, not being willing to wait the Return of a Messenger who I sent w[i]th Sr Walters Lre to <Mr> Blackett. I am glad to hear the Family are well after their Journey pray present my Duty to Sr Wr & acquaint him that Mr Blackett is come to a Bargain, but a very hard one, w[i]th the Bp, being to pay him £900 fine for adding one life in the moormasters Lease, & Renewing of Lease of Stanhope & Wolsingham Parks & the Inclosures for 21 Years, w[hi]ch expired ab[ou]t 6 Years ago, had Sr Wm & Mr Allgood taken care to renew the Lease & not let two lives drop in Kilhope & Welhope, Mr Blackett had not been now so much at the Bps mercy, But as matters stand there was <an.ea.so.> of comeing to a spe[e]dy Agreemt. For since the Bp came to the <L..> ab[ou]t <300 a .wt> of Oar has been wro[ugh]t in Stanhope Park (I always thought we had a right to work it) w[hi]ch Oar the Bp would have reced in Case of no Agreemt Mr Ridley & Mr Mowbray have also endeavoured to procure the Lease of the Bp, & did bid him £350 pr annum for the Lot oar, if the Bp always speak the truth, better was not to be expected from the former, but the Latter ought to be braned for his infamous Ingratitude. I am etc J.R.
Recipient not stated but the content suggests it was written to a steward of Sir Walter Calverley (father of Walter Blackett) in Yorkshire