Letter – Edward Blackett to Ralph Loraine – 9 Jan 1710

Document Type: Letter
Date: 9 Jan 1710
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: Ralph Loraine
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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Mr Loraine                      							Janry 9 1709/10

      I perceive by my Steward that you misunderstood me when you were last at Newby, I told you that in case the Winter prov’d extremely hard and the Summer Drouty, that in case you kept close to your work and neglected no time when the Weather was Seasonable I would not take the forfeiture of yr Bond wch is £100 but allow you six months longer for making our yr 40 ffo  at £3.10s per fother. Certainly you could not imagine I should be such a fool as to give Six months time longer after yr forty fother is made and to pay you £5 a fother for the six months  I gave you all the kindness I design’d you was that I would not take yr forfeiture of yr Bond provided as I told you before you kept close to yr Work, I desire the next thirty fother you make that the weight be the same as the other fothers made at the mill, and I’ll give you the same Consideration that the weight deserves, wch will be the same thing to you, and will Save me money in Carriage wch I know you cannot in Reason refuse, So have ordered Jacob to compute it with you, as also to pay £35 for the Ten Tun of Lead you have already made, You have now made 10 tun in <about 22 weeks> so if you keep close to yr Work I hope you’ll make much more than 40 tun in the two years Allowed you which you know will be a good advantage to you, wch I heartily wish you may being 

      yr Assr’d friend

Mr Ra. Loraine

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