Letters – Joseph Richmond to Walter Calverley – 24 Mar 1733

Document Type: Letters
Date: 24 Mar 1733
Correspondent: Joseph Richmond
Recipient: Walter Calverley
Archive Source: NRO 673 2
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To Sir Walter Calverly Bart.                                              Newcastle the 24 March 1732/3


Hon[ou]rd Sir

      I have this Day sent by Forster Twenty groce of Corks, & on the other side you receive your Acco.t agreeable to your directions.

      	Mr Ridleys making his son an Ald[erma]n does not at all bring Mr Blackett’s Intrest in Question for had the Freeman of Newcastle been the Electors I make no doubt but he would have had the Gown before any other, but the Mayor Ald[erma]n & all other Officers in this Cop[oratio]n are elected by a Majority of 24 Persons only, chose on to <.> the Magistrates, Sheriff Peers, & the Comp[an]ys which choice is made to Elect the Mayor & stands good for all other Persons during the Mayoralty, so that Mr Ridley being Mayor had taken care to have a majority of the Elect.rs his own Creatures; This action of his, which was done in a Collusive manner is viewed by most in a bad Light, & he will lose no little Intrest by it, for people can’t help seeing that he Studies nothing more than making the Corp[oratio]n subservient to his own Intrest. Wee have four Ald[erma]n that resent the matter so fare that they seem resolved to oppose all his measures for the future, in order to recover a Ballance of Power; if they keep up their Resolutions they may soon pull down his grandeur, & I hope in the end this will turn to Mr Blacketts advantage. I am  etc     JR

1732. Febry 

3rd To 5 doz. of French wine at 30s a doz.n       £7.10.0

      Packing                                      0. 2.0

17  To 3 dozn. qts contg 9 gns Port wine at 5s.8d  2.11.0

    4 dozn. pints contg  6     D[itt]o   at 5s.8d  1.14.0

      Bottles, & packing                           0. 9.0

28  To 6 doz.n qts qty  17 gns  Do       at 5s.8d  4.16.4

      Bottles, packing                             0. 9.0

Mar 24 To 20 groce of Corks at 22d a groce         1.16.8

       a Bag                                       0. 0.6

       Lres since the 1 Janry last                 0. 2.1

                                                 £19. 9.7                                                               

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