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To Mr Blackett Esqr Honrd Sr, The pay at Weardale is fixed for the 20th inst wch will amount to £3000, & will not leave £100 in Bank & the money that is now owing in Town amounts only to £900, seven hundred of wch is in Mr Clarkes hand & not a penny of it be got, £200 still remains in Aldm Fenwicks hand, wch if you please <may> draw on them for 10 days date to Mr Le Quesne, who the Aldm says will readily accept your Bill without any <premium>, This Sr is at present the <real> State of Affairs for after Weardale pay is made you will have paid off all your works this Year both mines & milns, wch has not been done for 20 <yrs> before, The B[isho]p went away with a large sum, & your own Accot this Year runs high, as <..> I am not Qallify'd at present to answer any <Draughts> at sight, but if the £300 sent the last part of the £200 above menconed will not do, till I can recruit, I will tho' I borrow it answer your <Demand> for £200 or £300 more at 30 days after date, (Mr Walton cant expect the workmen at Moohope to pay to him, from whom they cant many Occasions receive any Service, had Mr Grindale thought he had any pretensions on the grove he woud not have dropt it,) Mr Clarke has gone through wth the Bill, & it will be ready to be sent up next week he expects a Lre from you every post, John the Gunner has kept close to his Business for some time, I desire to know whether you woud have Pig disposed off. I am etc J.R.
Not dated but sequence in volume places it between 8th and 15th December