Letter – Michael Blackett to John Launce – 15 Oct 1678

Document Type: Letter
Date: 15 Oct 1678
Correspondent: Michael Blackett
Recipient: John Launce
Archive Source: CUL Dd 7.26
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Mr Jno Launce


      I have before mee the honour of yours of the 4th present, and doe heartily thanke you for s[ai]d readinesse to serve mee, I have but lately begun to trade for the streights, hereafter (god willing) if any Encouridgm[en]t, shall be more deeply Concerned soe pray lett mee heare from you once in 14 d[ays] of occurrences with you, and w[he]n any goods this Country affords will turne to acct with you and that there be an opportunity, I shall Endeavour to supply you, and I must without flattery Commend you for the lardge acct you give mee In the most materiall point viz how your weights and measures agreees with ours, wch is very much to my satisfaction – I have sent to Yarmouth 400 p[iece]s small Leed to be Consigned unto you p[er] the Herring fleet, by whome I Cannot advise you, my letter of advice will for have desired Mr Giles Wakeman to fill itt up and to send itt along with the Leed, w[he]n please God itt Arrives be pleased to Receive, and dispose Thereof for my most advantidge, for seeing you mention not how your Exch[ange] goes, I Cannot tell whether most advantageous to have Remitted from London or Paris, In wch pray give mee satisfaction in your next and advise mee if ever you send any goods for England from your place w[ha]t sort and w[ha]t price, for If Could make any thing in Returnes home would doe Extraordinary well

      I wonder Lead should not give twice the price of Leed Oare being twice as deare In this place, but am Glad small p[iece]s are more in Request than great piggs are have sent our Corne to Livorne being a better market than yours, Iron and <deales> almost as deare here as with you, pray advise if Grindstones would sell with you, for Can supply you with any sorts, and as Cheape as any in England I cannot Enlardge soe remaines MB

Newcastle 8ber 18 1678 Sr the above is Copy of my last to wch Referrs you hereby I <second> the same but have not to Enlardge till I heare from you, this part of the Country affords the following goods viz all sorts of Corne, Leed, Leed Oare, Coales, Butter, Grindstones, Stockings, dousyns Kersies of all sorts be pleased to advise wch of them in demand with you and there price and you will oblidge MB

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