Letter – Michael Blackett to William Blackett – 19 May 1677

Document Type: Letter
Date: 19 May 1677
Correspondent: Michael Blackett
Recipient: William Blackett
Archive Source: CUL Dd 7.26
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Hono[ur]ed: Sir     Newcastle May the 19: 1677

Accordinge to yo[u]r command given to my Brother Christopher when you went from hence shall God willinge direct this letter to bee left at Shilton till called for where I houpe the same will finde you and my Lady merrely disposed as I heartily wish as also all pleasure delight and content Immaginable; the remaynder of yo[u]r Jo[u]rney as for businesse or private Newes w[hi]ch may bee expected shall bee silent; referringe itt wholy to my Brother William; therefore will onely Insist upon giveinge you the best acco[un]t I cann of occurrances att the Pay; from whence I am come this noone soe In the first place the whole pay came to £507:6:2 as Followeth vizt

the heades pay £190:15:9 P[ai]d Rich[ard] M[owbray]:    £195:= :=

Plankey pay 54:4:5 Payd Jno M[owbray]:                  £075:= :=

Payed att Mill as p[er] Perticlers                      £156:11:2

Payd at Fallowfeild as Per Perticulers                   080:15:-

                                                         507: 6:2

For w[hi]ch money you have the followinge Perticulers observeable 

att Duxfeild Mill vizt 71 Fothers 11 p[ieces] Leed Smelted; 

                                           B:H: [Bing: Horses]

Oare carryed there is from the heads     225:2:=

From Greene Gill                         014:2:=

From Rookehoope                          006:2:=

from Jeffreyes Groves                    005:=:=

from Read Groves                         007:=:=

from Lunehead                            013:=:=

from Fallowfeild                         138:1:0

                                 In all  409:3:=

Leed carryed to Bladan is from the Mill  190:=: p[iece]s

from Cowp[er] House                      170

from the <Crea>                          241

                                  In all 601 p[iece]s

The Quantity of Wood come to s[ai]d Place is 670 Sackes. noe more in the Mill account; I thinke worth yo[u]r notice now in Plankey Acc[oun]t may please take notice of the followinge Perticulors vizt

23 fothers 7 p[iece]s of Leed Smelted there

323 p[iece]s Leed carryed from thence to Bladen

the quantity of Wood come to s[ai]d Place is 258 Sackes


Oare carreyed these is from the heads    034:1:=

from Reed Groves                         007:1

from Coale clough                        045:=:=

from Wellhope                            010:1:=

from Bates Hill                          007:3:=

from Green Gill                          020:3:=

                                  In all 125:1:=

      Nor doe I see any more in that acc[oun]t worth yo[u]r notice; If you can in either Acc[oun]t remember any thinge forgott wherin you desire a Monethly satisfaction upon the least notice from you for future itt shall God willinge bee observed; ~

      I shall nott need to give you an acc[oun]t of the Condition of the Severall Grooves for Inclosed is a letter from Mr Copperwhite w[hi]ch will doe itt att large; nothinge is a wantinge att the Mill butt Oare of w[hi]ch Stuffe you may have a fore hand washed about 250 binge 200 binge att Slittes the Remaynder att Fallowfield att other Places nott any to Speake of; but lett mee nott forgett to advise you that att the Mill there is all ready about 10 dayes worke ~ 

      I hope you will nott be angery w[i]th mee for that I have Ordered Thomas Proud to goe on w[i]th his bargaine for his time; w[hi]ch is butt 2 monethes I will assure you I did nothinge without Mr Coperwhites and John Mobereyes advice wee all consulted the businesse together and that itt might nott bee sayd that you should ever bee the occation of any mans reneinge wee thought itt convenient to doe w[ha]t wee did and afeter his time God speed him well for wee are all satisfied that hee has beene as is still an Arrant Cannarey Bird ~

      Mr Carneby sayth hee will take the Leadinge of the Plankey Leede for 14s will referre the rest to yo[u]r selfe and desires yo[u]r answer; whether hee may rely upon itt for the next yeare or noe 

      Fallowfeild Workes Inddiffrent good especiall Blewbender Shalfe where they have very good gettings butt the Levell is extraordinary hard where they drive nott att present 2 yardes a weeke

      Richard and John seemes very well content w[i]th this new Order of the Pay and by little and little I hope to gett itt Effected but att Fallowfeild I had brow Sport where I found a perfect combination by some bodyes good Councell and nott one man for severall hours would Receive ¼ d my laughinge att them mad[e] them the Stiffer; my Cousen John an earnest mediator but when wee came to <here vale> I told both them and their Mediators that such was yo[u]r positive Order and to doe otherwise In either dearst nor in shor would soe if they would take theire money they should have itt; if nott and that they would want their money one moneth for theire owne Pleasure I did assure them the should want itt another for my Pleasure; for all this I was very neare cominge away w[i]thout payinge ¼ d butt at last my Gent[le]neses Stomaches came downe when they saw I was resolute and soe I payd them; And seemes content now to observe yo[u]r Order for the future Mr Copperwhite is soe well beloved; that I am confident that if hee were to be hanged and wanted a Hanges Man rather then hee should nott I could name 2 either of w[hi]ch would officiate God forgive mee if Judge amisse 

      my humble service to my Lady and my duty to yo[u]r selfe wishinge yo[u]r health and happinesse and earnestly craveinge yo[u]r blessinge I remayne as in duty bound


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