Letter – Michael Blackett to John Strother – 30 Mar 1677

Document Type: Letter
Date: 30 Mar 1677
Correspondent: Michael Blackett
Recipient: John Strother
Archive Source: CUL Dd 7.26
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Mr Jno: Strother    					Newcastle March the: 30th: 1677


I have before mee yo[u]rs of the 24th present; the contents have well observed; I can nott affoard to give you any such price as you mention for Plates and Sockes for considderinge the freight I could nott sell them soe here, I have them bought att Hull for 14S 6d  well Strucke yea a purpose for mee; of w[hi]ch I have had a tryall and proves to content; and w[hi]ch I thinke will sell as well as others; Soe noe need of Giveinge Mr Western £16: and £17:=:=:= for his; but if you could light of a parcell of Anchor Palmes Sweds Iron for £17:= or under Pray send mee a Tonn or two; the ¾ of of 12:13: and 14 Inch over and the Other quarter of 19: and 20 Inches over and soe p[ro]portionable; but I must have of noe other Size; Soe if a p[ar]cell bee mett w[i]th all to content I would nott have you to Stand for a Small matter allthough you give somewhat more then £17:=:= you know I am a young Trader; and have Potent Enemyes Soe if I have nott good Stuffe and such as is vendable In this place I may as well shutt upp Shopp; I can play w[i]th them for any Sort of Iron Exceptinge Anchor Palmes and Coulter Mouldes; of both w[hi]ch I have a greate maney; but nott such as is desired ½ a tonn of Coulteres will bee enough; Soe pray once try your hand what ever you doe shall bee to my satisfaction and upon the least word I will order you money this beinge the needfull I remayne

Anchor palms (or flukes) are the triangular-like ends on the arms of an anchor. Swede Iron is wrought iron of a high purity, originally from Sweden.

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