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Dear Maria 7ber 22 1709 I writ you to Durham which I doubt not but came to hand, I thought you had more manners than not to have Answer’d my Lettr. I had a mighty ill journey home and never knew the ways so bad in the beginning of September in my time, nor I believe no Man else, but I thank God I gott home very well on Saturday night but had almost spoiled all my horses in Driving so fast in bad ways, Mr <Worsley/Wortley> din’d at Burrbridge on Tuesday so that I know he would be at Newcastle on Thursday. I heartily wish Mr Brummell may make a good end with him, and that he may be more in his favr. than Mr Ord - am sure he understands the business much better, And should be glad to hear that he had the Sole Management of all the Collieries where Mr Montague is Concerne’d, Inclosed you have a Rect. to make <Quenners> Eat like <Manye> , when you Receive any Lettrs from me I always expect an answer of, With my Blessing to you both I am yr most Affect. Father. Mrs Maria Blacket Give my Service to all at Close House as also to Mr and Mrs <Rudstone> The one halfe of all the houses and farmes in Winlinton Lord[ship] was put in Repair at my Charge when my Bro’ Entered and my Brother was obliged at the 3 years End to leave them so, Except these houses mentioned in yr Lettr. which was discharg’d many years ago.