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To Mr Blackett Esqr Newcastle the 29th Decr 1732 Honrd Sr, Mr Carr took his leave of the Town on Wednesday last, without making any Publick Entertainment or Bustle, & on Monday will sett forwards from Auckland for the South, Mr Clarke has withdrawn your Lre out of the May.rs hand, who he says expresses great Friendsp, & promises it shall be read on the 15th of next Month, I will then deliver it publickly in Court, & at the same time deliver the Companys Lre to their Stewards, who will all be present, being a guild day, It being usuall to address to the Govrns of the Merchts & Hostmans Companys, Wch Companies meet not but by Summons from their Governers, Colll Liddle who is goverr of the Hostmans Compy being now in London, you will please to wait upon & acquaint him that your Lres to all the Compys will be delivered on the 15 of Janry on wch he will give the Necessy directions against the time, there will be no Occasion to write again to Mr Ridley who is Govr of the Merchts Compy, I shall deliver him a Lre for the Compys wch will be sufficient, I have wrote John Armstrong to employ Mathw Bee at Moohope grove according to his own desires & told him that it is your Orders, Tomorrow I shall send by the Carrier your Marriage Articles, in a Box directed for you, & the Deeds of Your Lady's Estate, wch will be at the white horse in Cripplegate on Saturday the 13th Janry, the receipt of wch please to advise, The last Lead I sold was at £14, & wee have now about 1000 pieces at Markett, wch I expect to sell for France next Month. Bob has been detained here for 14 days by contrary winds, I expect the Ship he is in will sail the next Tide the wind being now fair, he brings in Potts of Moor game wth him, His charges in <bringing> down the Horses are, as below, the particulars of wch he will deliver you, Mr Fenwick of Bywell, & Sr Wm Middleton are now here solliciting against the next Occasion but Sr Wm's Int. seems little in Comparison of Mr Fenwicks, in the Town. I am etc J.R. Paid Robt Saburne by Mr Blackett £8.08s.0d his Expenses wth 9 horses to Newcastle as pr Note £5.16s.3d his Board wages on the Road 7 days at… Ditto at Newcastle 18 days at … his Passage to London £0.15s.0d he paid the lad that came down wth him £0.10s.6d
The Mayor was the Whig and local coal magnate Richard Ridley, long an antagonist of the Blacketts.