Letter – Michael Blackett to Robert Chilton – 23 Sep 1678

Document Type: Letter
Date: 23 Sep 1678
Correspondent: Michael Blackett
Recipient: Robert Chilton
Archive Source: CUL Dd 7.26
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Newcastle 7ber 23 1678

<Unckle> Chilton

I must now of necessity have 400 Bus[hells] of new wheate to be ready within 14 d[ays] soe pray procure mee the same of your neighbours, everyone may helpe you with a little and Ch: Lazonby did offer mee a great quantity, but gave him noe Encouridgm[en]t, you may now desire him to meet you, if you have occation I hereby send <I….> the best Gray <thread> In England be sure Lett the wheate be dry I am MB
Identification is unclear, but ‘Uncle’ is likely to mean that Chilton was a relative of Michael’s wife in the Barnes family, who were from the Darlington area. Robert Chilton snr and jnr were freeholders in Dalton Piercy, near Hartlepool in 1684, with a ‘George Barnes’ mentioned in the same listing: Robert Surtees, 'Parish of Hart', in The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham: Volume 3, Stockton and Darlington Wards (London, 1823)

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