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Honourable Sir Newcastle March 7 78/9 Your Bro: in Law Mr Marke Errington sold me two farmes lying at Eland Hall, and ordered the tenants thereof to pay mee the Rents wch they undertook to doe, but since his death they Refuse itt, by directions (as I am informed) from you, on the behalfe of your Nephew Mr Erringtons sonne, <Sir Eithen Dorney> friend hath the Counterpart of the Settlement made on Mr Erringtons marridge with your sister and advice hath been taken there upon, by wch as I am given to understand Mr Errington was ten[an]t In taile, and might (not withstanding that deed) by deed and fine have sold the whole estate from his Sonn, and I am afraid I have a good Estate of what is granted to mee, yet to avoid the trouble and Expence of lawsuits both to your nephew and mee, I will give him or any other on his behalf a meeting att Yorke Assizes any of the four first daies, and will there produce my writings to two able Councills one to be elected by him and another by mee, who I hope will easily decide the title betwixt him and mee, soe requesting a line in Answer I remaine MB
The Catholic Yorkshireman Sir Miles Stapleton was brother of Anne Stapleton, who married Mark Errington of Ponteland (d.1672), and would therefore appear to be the recipient of this letter: Papers of the Stapleton (Incorporating Errington and Tempest) Family, Lords Beaumont of Carlton Towers, Hull University, Brynmor Jones Library. The son, Nicholas was born c.1660.