Letter – Michael Blackett to Christopher Wall – 14 Nov 1677

Document Type: Letter
Date: 14 Nov 1677
Correspondent: Michael Blackett
Recipient: Christopher Wall
Archive Source: CUL Dd 7.26
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Newcastle 9ber the 14th 1677

Mr Christo: Wall

I have before mee yours of the 13th present wch doth nott a little Astonish mee I doe assure you I cannot rayse money out of stones, nor have I any mony to Lend farr more ready to borrow att present if any would lend mee Itt seemes £320 is nothing in yr mouth I doe assure you itt is a great deale of money amongst us Merchants, and especially when one has nott hadd goods to the third part of the vallew, pray Sr lett mee nott hear of Lending moneyes according to contract with <3> months after Leed comes In I will pay you for itt, send itt in as fast as you will and soe I remayne MB
Christopher Wall appears to have been of Weardale, and was owed money by William Blackett of Woodcroft prior to Woodcroft’s purchase by Sir William Blackett of Newcastle in November 1676. A Christopher Wall seems to have been associated with Bollihope smelting mill in 1667 (R.Fairbairn, Weardale Mines, p.135)

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