Letter – Edward Blackett to Gerard Smith – 15 Oct 1709

Document Type: Letter
Date: 15 Oct 1709
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: Gerard Smith
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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Mr Smith     								October 15

      I Rec’d yr Lettr dated the 14 at 3 o Clock in the Morning and certainly you must be halfe a Sleep when you wrote it otherwise you must have a mighty ill memory, my Daughter will be in London in the Spring, so you may deliver her a Spinnett and for yr own Credit I desire it may be a very good one, for yr Sake hereafter I will never make a bargain but under hand & Seal, and if you’ll come to Newby in yr Returne to London will bargain with you for a good Organ provided you’ll use me well, and when you come you may take Measure of the place where I design it shall Stand, upon Rect. of this Lettr let me hear from you & Acqt. me about what time you think you’ll be at Newby that I may not be from home.  Direct for Sr Edward Blacket, Bart, at Newby <Blackett> nigh Burrowbridge Yorkshire            

      I am yr Ass. Friend to serve you

For Mr Gerrard Smith
Gerard Smith was a nephew of Bernard Smith (Schmidt) organ builder to Charles II.  He made several organs for Churches and large houses – with  disputes over payments.

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