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Mr Henry Maist[e]r Newcastle feb[ruary]: the: 17th 1676/7 Sir I have before mee yo[u]rs of the 13th by John Thompson and have taken itt into consideration w[ha]t you write about him the worst is to loade him w[i]th Coales accordinge to yo[u]r Order yett provided the Ma[ste]r bee reasonable I doe not question but to procure him a freight w[hi]ch may render they Owneres pretty good advantidge upon Monday morninge the old Man is to bee w[i]th mee; of our proceedinges next Post may expect to have full advice I now longe to heare of the Shippinge of they goodes desired I am MB:
1. A later letter suggests MB thought Maister was the owner, and hence he was trying to do Maister a good turn, probably expecting the favour to be returned.