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James April 8 I Rec’d yours with the Pay as also a bill Inclosd for £50. I did ord[er] it should be at a very Short sight, and it is at 20 days after Date, and besides was writ the first of April and is Dated the 4th which I do not take well. [The following text is crossed out in the letter book] I have perus’d part of the Pay, but I cannot well understand what you mean by Saying Rec’d of Jacob Peart by Deductions for <Peart/ Rent>, Recd £70 to pay Loraine withall and these you say he charges himself by Cash paid <Mr> Shaftoe & Loraine £35, and by a Sum to pay to Sundry people £<11>. 00. 11 & no particular to who, and besides to Ballance the Sum that he Recd. wch. was £375. 7. <01>d you Sett down 23. 4. 6. which by your Acct. must certainly be in his hands, so unriddle this as soon as possibly you can; I perceive you have charg’d me for Coales for the house 2. 14. and for Candles £4. 0 Write to Jacob and lett me know what use they were for, I am sure when you were at Fallowfield you made more haste than good speed, for there must be a very great mistake in Pearts Deductions, for I do not find in any place where you give me Creditt for 23. 4. 6. wch. you make due to me. You formerly us’d to send me the Pay Acct. which do as soon as possibly you can, I can understand nothing by these papers you have sent me till you come to Newby <to illuminate> them. Make Fallowfield Dr as you us’d to do for all the money Rec’d of Will Lowes at Newcastle [3 words further crossed right out] Jacob is a very great blockhead in saying that I gett £200 by this last Pay, I’ll make it appear I have lost above £100 by it. Upon the Rect. of my Lettr. write to Jacob & Ord[er] him to gett as many people as possibly he can to Worke up the dead heaps, and dress all the Cuttings, for I would very willingly have them dress’d up, for one cannot well Judge what price to Sett on them to sell them, [Crossed out section ends] When you come to Newby to sett the last halfe years Rent streight Will discourse you about that part of the Pay which I do not well understand, and when you do come bring me a Rentall of the may day Rents, and always putt in the Free Rents and Every thing that belongs <Lea. : Del> in your Rentall, As for Bardon Mill I was offerd 40 a year more than Will Armstrong pays provided his Lease had been out this May day, however I have a kindness for him & will Abate him 20 a year of what I am offer’d for it, because you know he may be a very usefull man for me but <have > nothing to do as to Repairs, he being a workman may best do it himself, As for my Woods, I would gladly know the truer value of what Whitfield may be Worth p. Ann. so by the first opportunity write to Will Armstrong to make it his business to know what Gates, what Days <plowing> what days Mowing of Meadow there is, as also what he thinks <Whitshield> Wood may be worth, You may pay Mr. Wilkinson £<50> when he gives you in my Nephew Midfords Rect. Acqt. Will Armstrong that if he’ll gett a <parcel> or two I’ll sell him £100 <worth> of Wood, for I would willingly make a great fall this sap time wch. will be about the beginning of May, Acqt. Mr. Brummell that if he know any that will buy a quantity of Wood you’ll go up With him to Will[iemonts]wike, and Will Lowes and he I hope will make a bargain and in case Will Lowes be from home, Armstrong may sell him the Wood, for he being a Workman must know the value of it as well as Will Lowes. Fail not to give a line p Saturday nights post to Your Ass[ure]d friend Mr. Ja. Mewburne at Seat. Del.