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2 October Mr Ward I perceive by yours that Militia for the B[ishop] of Durh[am] as also that for the N Riding will be up in a short time, you know Sockburn by Act of Parliamt is not lyable to send a whole horse, so I think this will be a very propper time to accqt my Lord Scarborough wth it, wth my humbi Service to his lordship, & I doubt not but he will immediately ordr you a bearer, I desire you likewise that you will take care for the North Riding, for our Militia for the W Riding, we Expect will be up very shortly wch I must send a horse too, I have sent you case of pistols in case you should send out a horse for Sockburn, as for the other accounters you Either must hierer or borrow them, I hope there will be no occation for them to be up longr than a day or two, should be mighty glad if you s[en]d me a good bearer, I believe now is the time or never to have the Militia compleat wth my Service to your self & family I am Mr Lumpt is now wth me & shall drink all their neighb[ours] healths of his Acquaintance
Raising the Militia to counter the forthcoming Jacobite Rebellion. Richard Lumley, 2nd Earl of Scarbrough & also Viscount Lumley, was called to the House of Lords in 1715. Later that year fought against the Jacobites at Preston.