Letter – Edward Blackett to Matthew Featherstone – 4 Oct 1714

Document Type: Letter
Date: 4 Oct 1714
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: Matthew Featherstone
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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	Am sorry to perceive by yours of the 2d that you cannot Afford a better price than £8:15:0 & I am Informed that Mr Wilkinson, & some others does not sell under £9 I have only betwixt 6 & 700 pieces at Newburn, undisposed off, & not likely to be master of any more for sometime by reason you and undertakers, does not venture your moneys as freely I thought you wou’d have done, there is a very great mistake in the drawing of the Lease, for you ought to have been obliged, to have wrought her workemen like, & by so many Hands at fewest, weekly [struck out: ‘but wth as many more as you pleas’d’] otherwise the Lease to have been void, I believe there is not a Lease in England made Soe much to the disadvantage of the owner as yours is, [struck out: ‘In case you worke but once in 2 months, you may keep your Lease’] If you be resolved to spend money, send Mr Mowbray to Newby & will see if we can agree upon other Terms, wch may be more for the Advantage & encouragmt of the undertakers

      I am Sr your very Humble Servt

For Mr Alderman Featherstone Mercht in Newcastle

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