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My D[ea]r Kinsman Newby 16 Aug[us]t 1713 am infinately obliged to my dear Kinsman for the favour of y[ou]r letter, w[hi]ch gave me some comfort in this most Malancholy condition I am In, I need not name the Occation for I cannot name it without tears, for must own Tis one of the greatest troubles that ever befell me, pray god grant that I may not live to have such another, I can Say no more upon this Malancholy occation but that I am to your self & Family a reall & affect[ionate] Friend & most Faithfull Humble Serv[an]t The above said is a Copy of my Last I was in hopes to have heard from you that you had received all the money for wood Er this, you did get Good Security for <Erwins> money, as you formerly write me, So I doubt not but that money is received long Er this get all the remainder of my Rents of the Tenants as Soon as possible you can, for I have lately taken a house in Yorke for a terme of years and have it to furnish, it will Cost me many hundred ll [£], So pay all the money you recd to Mr Reay or Mr Coulson, and make all the Expedition you can in the receiving and Paying of it I Lent a Gelding on Saturday Last to a friend of mine in Ripon, he put him into his Pasture that night, and never was heard of Since though all the Enquiry imaginable has been made about him, there [about 4 words missing from image] (who they Say were Scotchmen) Seen in Severall Pastures about the town, So tis believed they have Stole the horse, I would not take 12ll [£12] for him So make all the Enquiry Possible you can, and w[ha]t Charges you are at Shall be thankfully repaid The marks are as follows a bright bay Gelding 7 or 8 years old, his farr forefoot and nigh hind foot white, about 15 hands high and hath all his Gates
Recipient not known, nor the nature of the previous correspondence referred to, for no outbound letters survive between June 1711 (NRO ZBL 189) and the start of this book in August 1713. Messrs Reay and Coulson were in Newcastle, so was also possibly this kinsman’s location.