Letters – Michael Blackett to John Wetwang – 27 Oct 1679

Document Type: Letters
Date: 27 Oct 1679
Correspondent: Michael Blackett
Recipient: John Wetwang
Archive Source: CUL Dd 7.26
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Honrd Sir Capt Wetwang                                   	Newcastle   8ber the  27th 1679

the few Inclosed lines from your sonne (my very good friend) does encourage me to desire your assistance towards the bearer hereof Capt. [blank space left in original] Commander of the yarmth merchant whome I have freighted for Marseilles, and I am Informed you are appointed Convoy to the Herring fleet for the Straights Therefore earnestly desire your perticular care of said ship, and also wn she parts from your fleet in the Gulfe of Lyons you will please to order a man of War to See her safe by the Islands of Aires or soe far as you can thincke convenient towards her port.  Sir I heartily begg this of you and though my boldnesse be great yet I hope your generous humour will easily dispense with the same. I have presumed to present you with a small token wch the bearer hereof will deliver you viz. 2 Hogsheads Newcastle ale to drinke those cold mornings  I wish itt may prove as good as ever was druncke, soe wishing you good voyadge and all happiness for ever I remaine    M B
Early reference to Newcastle Ale. Isle of Aires was possibly Hyeres, to the east of Marseilles, off Toulon

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