Letter – Edward Blackett to John Ward – 27 Apr 1711

Document Type: Letter
Date: 27 Apr 1711
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: John Ward
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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      Inclosed you have Fawcetts Lease returnd you as for Abbots farme I leave it solely to your Discretion to let it as to whom you think fit Indeed I must own I do not think that Abbots daughters are proper tenn[an]ts for me for in a little time they will marry & fill the town full of beggars I doubt not but you may get a substantiall ten[an]t for it for I fear it is very Eas[i]ly  rented

      I heartily thank you for your fish they are the freshest & best that ever I see be sure what they Cost Charge to my Acct & shall thankfully Allow it

      You write me that Fawcets money is due the 7 of June but you are mistaken it is not due till the 17th so youl have sufficient time to receive the rents to Discharge the bond & as for Mrs Wards money shall pay it when due (viz) the 16 of December next this wett weather has hinderd the Carriage of my Lead to NewCastle but assoon as it is brough[t] In I do not Question the Disposeing of it I have to the Vallue of above Eight hundred pounds worth which I hope in a very short time will be put into money

      I perceive John Pearson of Girsley is very poor so you may write what you think Convenient in my name to Mr Dean of Durham & perhaps he may grant my request I wish it were in my power to do your brother any service I did speak to Mr Aislabie about him & when he comes into the Countrey which will be shortly shall Desire him to make use of his freinds to get him into the salt Concern which will be a very proper place for him I am

      Your Assured freind to serve you

I do by no means approve of Abbots daughters for my tenn[an]ts so pray let the farme to some substantiall man
Recipient unstated but from context was probably John Ward. Undated but between 25th and 28th April. 27th used here

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