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much, and indeed he has ever showai me much favor in wdiat ever concerns

me. I am sure I take as I owght to do. Yow see what you draw upon your

self by resaving my letters so patiently, for I wrett now, tho I have nothing

of particular to say ; since, as for this affair, you will know all befor this

corns to your hands. I am,

Your Lordships most humbll servant,

A. B.

For my Lord Tarbatt.




Mews, January 3d, circa 1691.
I WAS verie glade to resave your long letter. I am sure few people in
the world Las so good a frind to bragg off as I have off you. I do verie well
like of this farm, becaws I doubt not but that you, whos judgement I rely
mor on tlien my self, has weigh'd all the good and all the bad that can insue
to me ; only I must desir that non of thos men may be of the number of
Tuaddals creatures. You may make an end of the propos'd bargin with
my bayly Nairen at Dalkeith, if, as you say, you can not gett a better ; and for
the farm, I do think the shortest time best, therfor I am not willing to exceed
seven years, nor do I know why it may not as well be for that number of
years now as it has beene formarly offer'd to be farm'd for by sevrall persons.
As for my Lord Tuaddalls great merits to me to induce me to forgive him the
intrest of a debt, which his delaying to pay has swell'd to a considrabll summ,
I must tell you I never heard of such a way as he has to ask forgivennes
either for debts or injury s ; for when he was last in England he printed the
basest and falcest paper his over grown malice could invent. When I began
this allegation I did intend to mention evrie offence he had ever don to me,
or my father, or mother, or sister ; but when I consider that you know them
better then I do, and morover, all the paper I have in my hous will not hold
the full relation of his worthy transactions, I will name but one mor of them,
which is his most rediculous pretending to have sarv'd me or my intrest, as
his phrase is. Dos he think I want common sence, that I do not know what
liis wholl life has bine to me, and indeed to all the world ? He needs not
thank me for not indevoring to exclud his grandchildren, for it is becaws th[e]y
are my fathers nephews and neecess, nor shall his offencess mak me unatrall


to my kindred, nor will I be perswaided to live in debt and misirably all my
life to pleas him. I owed seventeen thousand pounds sterling when I waint
to the Tower, and you must think I long to pay all that debt ; and then, by
the grace of God, I hope never to have that uneasyness on me again, and
ther is not much of it pay'd yit ; so if Tuaddall will make my creditors forgive
me, much may be don for him. However, upon his paying me, parhaps I may
forgive him some littU matter, but not a penny if he delays anie longer.
Pray adviss me what answer I shall give Duke Hamilton, who interseeds for
my Lady Rothes, who has only offerd what my Lord Weimys gave ; and that
refuss'd, desird that Duke Hamilton may, with som frind of mine, agree the
matter. But my letter is so long, I'll say mor of this in another, only desir you
not to interseed for Tuaddall, becaws it will be base in you, for you have
more powr then all the world besids with me.


Mews, February 21, [1691.]
The letter I uritt to your lordship on Tuesday last was wrett in such hast
I could not be so particular as I would have been, tho I did then tell you
what my Lord Melvill say'd conserning the minister of Dalkeith. One Mr.
]Mein is propos'd to be thair, who, he says, was browght to you. Now, if you
think him a fitt person I shall be glade, becaws my sister knows him, and
comends him much, as I told you in my last. It is long since my Lord
^lelville should have spoken to me of this man, but he forgott it. Pray
ordor this as well as it can be, for if I may not absulutly chous, I would,
however, have the best of the gaung. All thes peple are strangers to me, so
I need your assistance the more. Pray, my lord, do somthing to the wood at


Dalkeith park, for now my wonderfull diligent servants begins to desir ther
may be som car taken. I uish your Lordship all happiness, and am,

Your humble servant.

For Haick pray chous the best, that they may not be without one.
For my Lord Tarbatt.


London, Aucr. SO, circa 1691.
YoUE Lordship dos not deall with me in the uswall maner of the worald,
for I find you verie ready to pay your own debt to me ; but now I begin to
find you would have no other person pay me, since you soliciett me for other
people. I assur your good lordship this is not a time for me to make com-
pliments in money matters, nor will I give away money in Scotland to rune
in debt in England. I am not sorry you have interposed in Colonel Stewarts
busines, becaws otherways I must have given an answer to his letter, which
may now be given by your lordship. He knows I did, som years since,
when in Scotland, inquire into that busines of Mangertuns upon his com-
plaint of being hardly used by my commiseners ; but upon that examnition
my own story was more dismall then his, for I was verie basely ill served by
Mangertun, Ijoth as chamberlain and in his disposition of halff of the estate
settled on him by my grandfather, which ought all to have been mine. For
want of a lad I succeed ; if succeecion gives me power to clame a just debt, I
shall not loose that by simplicity, lest you or any other say, if I had been a
lad I had been Avisser. Now in good earnest, my lord, I should be verie glad
to oblidg Colonel Stewart but will not give so ill a presedent in a time when
I am mustring in all debts, and others has full as much reason to demand
abeatments as he. I am bound to provid for my own famelly in the first


place. Lett me know when I shall see you here. God presarve you, and
send uss a good meeting. Fairwell.

Upon second thoughts I will not put your lordship on beeing the
delivrer of my answer to Colonel Steuart, who I sopos would be willing to
pay nothing, therfor if you pleas tell him as much of this letter as you think
proper, to make him understand Mangerton has made me a gi'eat looser, as I
have allready sayd, so I will loos no more that way. Will you forgive this
long letter ? tell me if you do.


Calford, September 5, circa 1691.
Your Lordships letter of the 25 of last month was most welcom to me,
since it informs me how victorously wee are com off, so that I doubt not but
the Queene will take your word and mine hearafter sooner then your sons
false accusers. I was allmost as much conserud for him as your self. Why
Scrimger dos not inform you of my affairs I can not guess, exceptt it be
that he obays me in nothing, for to this hour he has given me no answer of
that paper I gave him out of my own hand ; and by what I hear, his accounts
is not lickly to give you much troubll, for th[e]y are not ready to com to open
view. Ther is no doubt but if the chambrlins can not give as good security
and as good a bargen evrie way as anie others, wee will not compliment them.
I am for ever

Your Lordships most humbll servant,

A. B. C.

My Lord, — I hope your Lordshipe will pardon my writing on the back-
side of my wifes letter to congratulate with you the blaster of Tarbats


justification, which I am iiery glad of: and now I haue done that, I must giue
your Lordshipe an account of your penns. I haue bespoke them, but Gates is
a beast, and I could not get them before I came out of town ; but as soone as
I goe to town again I will be carefull to see tliem well made, and send them
to you. And now I must come a begging to you for some goff balls, which,
if you please to send mee, you will obleige

Your Lordships most humble seruent,



Mews, Aprill 25, circa 1693.
I AM afray'd this letter will be but a sort of a coppy of the last I wrett to
you, for I concur with you in all you proposs ; but of my self, without the
assistance of my frinds, I know not how to redress one grivance, for I know
not who to proposs to be the man to over look my busines, tho I am convinc'd
it is nessarey to have one. For adding to the commision I agree it is fitt, and
that may soone be don. I [am] sorry for the ill news of Lord Tarrass. As to
the adjusting of all my accounts with my son, this will be the proper time ;
for the busness is resolvd on all hands conserning the fair lady, and the only
(Uie can be to my mind, and which is better, the only one to my sons mind,
which maks me resolve to make a better compliment to Jeams then Harry.
It is a disadvantage to me that you and my Lord Mellvill are not here. Since
I can not hope to see you here, I have wretten to Mr. Grame, to desir him to
com up, and pray, my lord, parswaid him to it. I have urett this busines to
Lord Mellvill, but I doubt not you will both keep this secret and assist me
with your advice. It would be to long to wrett the histrey how this was


begun again. You have been nam'd, but time enough for this when wee

meet, I am

Your Lordships most humbll sarvant,

A. B. C.

For my Lord Tarbatt,


Mews, November 7, circa 1693.
Your Lordship will not take it ill of me that I have been so long without
writting, when you saw how sick I was last time I was in this condition ;
besids, you may have an account of my great affair from other hands. Tho
wishing be the vainest thing in the world, I can not forbear offten wishing
you here when my son is maried, which I hope now will soon be. I am
Your Lordships humbll sarvant,

For my Lord Tarbatt.


Moorpark, Aug. 19, circa 1694.

I WAS never so glade of a letter from you in all my life as of that ] re-
saved this day of the 1 of this month, tho I find not by it whair you are. I
wrett to you long since, but heard nothing till now from you. Belive me
thair needs not anie of my own conserns to make your letters acceptable to
me, since, for your own sack, I am glade to hear from you, and should be mor
so if you gave me hopes of seeing you once againe in this countray. I assur
you my minde is not changed towards you, for what begane in my childhood

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will not alter in my age, when it was so reasonable as my inclination to you,
to w^hom I shall ever be a most afecnoat and faithfuU freand and servant,

A. B. C.
For my Lord Tarbatt.


Moorpark, Oct, 28, [1694.]
Tho a letter taks not much time in wretting, yit this would be a verie
longe one if I should sett doun all the impertinant intruptions I have hade
when just going to wrett to you. You wrett, to my thinking, as if you take
somthing ill of me, els I know not why you say you have adviss'd so much
to so litll porposs. I can not guss what you mean by that expresion, for
excepting som things that naither you nor I could helpe, I do not know I
have don anie thing contrary to your opinion. What has been neglected or
ill parform'd by my sarvants is indeed my loss ; but how to mend thos faults
when I am at this distance, or how to take others, who am a stranger to all,
is dificald, or to say proper, imposiball, without my frinds will give them
selves the trouble to act for me. I think by your writing, you belive I did
not car for your visitts when you wer in Ingland. I ues'd a wrong frais
when I sayd wee should wear out of acquaintance, for it seems wee are not yit
acquainted ; at lest you are not with me, if you think your visitts or advice
is not as welcom to me as it is posibll anie bodys alive. I hope my son in
time will have a verie good estate here ; but, houever, Scotland is owr coun-
tray, and I should wish uss both thaii^, but that I have the experiance how
p[e]opell not restord would be resav'd thair. I would say mor of this if you
wer now making one of your grivous troblsom visits. This sticks in my
stomach still ; I wish you here to make me amends, which I can not for this


long letter, but what ever you think, no body living is mor your sarvant or

wishes you better then

A. B. C.

My Lord Cornwallis is at London, my two sons are gon a hunting, so I
have nothing to say from them ; but for Isabela, she shall be train'd up to
love you as her mother did befor she could speak or walk. You have
another frind coming, for my daughter Dalkeith is verie near her time to
comfort my frind Tuadall in his old age.

For my Lord Tarbatt.


London, Jan. 12, [1695.]
Not having urett to aney of my frinds since the death of the incom-
prabll Queen ^ I can not but begin all my letters of this post with lamantations.
You know she was kind to me, and besids hade all good qualitys man or
woman could have. I am to tell you of my great hapines in the time of this
great misforton. My daugh[t]er uas brought to bed of a son yisterday
morning." I belive, for all your kindnes to Lord Tuadall, you will be glade
of this. Fair well, my Lord, — it is late for the post. I am
Your Lordships humbll sarvant,

A. B. C.
For my Lord Tarbatt.

^ This I'efers to Mary Queen of England, - This refers to the birth of Francis second

wife of King William the Third, who died on Duke of Buccleuch, which took place lltli
28th December 1694. January 1695.



Edinburgh, February the 16th, 1703.

Hearing so much of owr countray mens beeing to return, it was verie

natural! for me to inquair of my sister when wee should see your lordship.

She tells me you are to provide coatch and horses, in order to which she was

to return som money to you. I told her I would give Mr. Chalmer ordars to

offer one or two hunder pounds to you when you ordar him to paye it, he

having som of my English money in his hands. I hope you will have a good

journey to this kin[g]dom, wher you uill be most wellcom to

Your Lordships most humbll servant,

A. B. C.


Edinburgh, January 18 circa 1704.

I HAVE not troubled your lordship of a long time, being taken up w^th

your frind Isabela, who has got the small-pox, but verie well and as merry

as ever, I sopose my son told you what I wrett about my nam being in the

plott, becaws Captain Fraswr say'd her Grace in a letter to Mak Clowd.

Now I should think he was liklyer to wrett of the Duches of Queensbury

then me, becaws her lord and Leven w^as corasponding with him ; but I fear

no falce accusations, becaws I do not desarve true ones. I wrett latly to my

sister, who 1 hope keeps her health in your cold lodgens, which yit must

stand warmer then either the Wemys or Eoyston. I am, most affectionatly.

Your Lordship's humbll servant,

A. B. C.
For the Earl of Cromarty.



Edinburgh, January 23, circa 1704.

I HOPE your Lordship will be as good as your word, and wrett till I desir

the contrary ; but that my ansuers might be mor agreeabll, I wish I wer in

a place which did afford some neus, since all publik matters you know better

then I do, and privatt are sildom worth knowing. Wliat then shall I make

my theme of? To fancey, I dare not trust ; that is not good enough to intertain

you with. Busines is not verie plesent ; if it wer, I would complean of the

delays I meet with in my law affirs, tho I have shown great diligence, and

have allmost abandoned your Hous of Dalkeith to soliciett for redress and

dispatch, two verie precious things. I belive in a short time I shall be glade

of any one of them. I am sorry my Lord Clarendon and your lordship

meets so sildom, for I ever finds satisfaction in hearing of my frinds being

together. I would wrett all Isabellas own words in answer to your constant

remembrins of her, but it wer to much to be tr(3ubled with the child and

mother at one time. I am, as I have ever been,

Most humblly your Lordships servant,

A B. C.


Edinburgh, March 16, circa 1704.
I HADE a letter this day from my sister, which I hope shortly to answer ;
but man and wife being all one, it is no great matter to which I give the
asswarance of my consern for you both, whos health and happynes I heartUy
wish. Wee have such various reports about your ploters in England, that
wee know not what to make of it ; nor of the change of your statsmen, which


evrie day nams others then wee heard of the day befor. This sort of varietty
is not verie deverting — only when Leven is named,

Whos honesty but soni few will suear for,
And not a man of them know wherfor,

as Mr. Hendibrass truely says of his man, if he was lick his lordship. I can
say nothing from hence but what you know from better hands, therfor I
will trouble your lordship no mor at this time, but that I am ever

Your lordships most humbll servant,

A. B. C.
For the Earl of Cromarty.


Edinburgh, February 8, circa 1705.

I AM verie sorry to finde by your Lordships last that my sister is not well.

I know when one of you are sick, neither are well. I hope when the spring

advances that it will make the time less sickly, but wee must not expectt any

such infleuance upon the other grivances. They looke incurabll ; but I will

say no mor in this strain, lest you should say I wrett alia Melvill. I am


Your Lordships most humbll servant,

A. B. C.

Isabela returns her thanks and humbll service to my sister and your

lordship for your constand re[me]mbrance of her.


Edinburgh, June 29, circa 1705.
I AM sorry to hear you have had so great a cold. I shall be here for a few
days, and glad to see you wher ever I am. As for W., I have a great deall to


say of him when wee meet. I assur you his vainety, which we uess to speak

off, is agmented since his journey to England. Poor Isabela is verie ill of the

toothache, but still your humble servant. 1 am in hast, therfor I can only bid

your Lordship fairwell.

A. B. C.


London, August 1st, circa 1705.
In youk lordships last you tell me the Duke of Atholl desirs to see
Dalkeith. Pray, if it is not to late, prevent his going ; for should he take
that freedom, I know not who can be refused ; but if nobody gos, no bodey can
take it ill that my hows is locked up, as I did positively order it to be, becaws
it is so near Edinburgh that peopl would take the aire that "svay, if parmited,
which will not be in my time till I go myself; then all shall be welcom
who visits me. I have say'd abundence of this, — therfor no more, but wish
uss a good meeting, and all happynes to the Earl of Cromertie.

For the Earl of Cromertie att Edinburgh, Scotland.


London, December 2, circa 1705.

I AM resolvd no longer to delay puting you in mind that you have a

frind who is as much consernd for all that happnes to you as you can be

your self. I would not wrett to you sooner for fear of troubling you too

early, but by this time I hope your own reason has so far overcom your

troubll, that you will not be uneasey to hear your frinds express th[e]ir con-

sern for you, and, amongest them all, I am sure you have not a mor zealous

well wisher then

Your most humble servant,

A. B. C.



Sunday morning, [May 1706.]
ToMOROW, at eight in the morning, your good sister will be at Georg
Kendalls expecting your honour to go see our litle young Elcho. Now, I
having one thing to inform you off, which I am sure you did never know,
tho you may have heard it, which is this, time and tide stays for no body ;
therfor remember eight a clok, and your affecnoat neece and sister.

A. B. C.


London, July 23, circa 1708.
Your Lordships of the 14 1 have received. I must say my Lady Northesk
gives you a just reproch, for you had a great strok in this unlucky Union,
and ought not to be forgiven till it is made better. Then you shall have a
free pardon from all good Scots people. Had I had the second sight, N eirons
friends would not have had so much busines to do to prevaint his coming to
condigen punishment for his ill service to me, who trusted him, and, to my
great losse, som others, who are all of a peece with him in goodnes and
honesty — thos too most hidden quailitys ; for that they are, I dare say, in
beeing still upon earth, but thy obscond to much, and gives opertunity for
the opositt faction to prevaill. Pray speak no more of going north. Fairwell.

To the Earle of Cromartie, at Edinburgh.


Dalkeith, July 28, circa 1709.
Since you so much dispissed my good advice, it tempts me to upbraid you.
I still say four horses are verie dangrous. I, who pretend to be valiant in a




coach, would not ventiir so without a postilion ; however, I am heartily glade

you wer not more hurt. I shall be verie glade to see you and my Lord

Northesk here together, or asunder, or how you pleas. As for my Lord

Wemys, I know of no kind letter I wrett to him, or intended it so ; and for

his staying here according to his reception, I will tell you, that when he

was as welcom here as ever nephew was to aunt, he stay'd so littl with me

that I suspect his visitt will be shorter now, which no mortall can wonder

at, I wish your Lordship all health and happynes. Isabela is prity well

and your humbll servant, so is her mother, I assure you.

Fairwell to your Lordship.

A. B. C.


Dal[keith], September 13, half 5, time and place, [1709.]
I A:ii glad of the victorie, but as your Lordship dos, so do I, heartily
lament the Marquis of Tilibarden. I shall be glad to see you, be it when it
will that we meet. Eemember ]\Ir. Setton, and never forgett your humbll

A. B. C.
Lett me know when all your busines is over ; then wee must get Preston-
hall, and I shall be content.

For the Earl of Cromartie, Edinburgh.


Dalkeith, Xovember 17, circa 1710.
I SHALL be extreamly glade to see your lordship in this place when ever
you are at leasur to com. ]\Iy chif busines here since I saw you has been to
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make ready a plesent, warm bed chamber for you, which I have at last com-
pased, so you must not disapoint me. For Earl Wemys, he maks me but few
visits. Houever, I shall be glad to see him. I wish Leven and liis father
both better health and more honesty, that this wicked busines may give me
no more trouble. I am sure it will not be long befor wee shall see wher the
victory will light, both at court and campe ; tho it gos not allways, as Alex-
ander would have leftt the world, to the most deserving. Your Lordship never
forgetts your young friend here, who presents her humbl service to you, and
wishes you in this place ; and so dos her mother, who is

Your Lordship's most affecnoat humbll servant,


Bath, April 8th, circa 1711.
I WRETT this in hopes your lordship is still in London. I shall be quitt
undon if I do not find you ther, for my affairs will want your advice. I have
really been so ill in health since my coming to this horabll place that I have
not been ablle to wrett to my Lord Eoyston, tho I have a letter from the
comisioners and other papers to answer ; but now I hope to be so soon in
town that I may deffer all till I see your lordship. Only one thing I would
proposs, and none must know it but Lord Eoyston, it is this, — the accounts
your Lordship and I passed in Scotland might be sent up here to compair
with tlios Eo[binso]n lias given to Grifish, becaws he may have mentiond the
sam in thos and thes, as has already been observed ; but if Watt Leng should
know of this, my projectt is quitt spoiled, for he is absulutly Eobinson's


creatur, and betwxt them som wicked stratagem will be parformed to prevaint
the bokes beeing brought to London. I know not how it comes about, but
what ever wee resolve is known befor it should. Now thes books are in a
flatt box by them selves, upon the floor in the charter- room. They could com
saffe by the carier, and only Lord Eoyston and Mr. Innes know of it. A third
person surlly revaills it. I wrett as if I deltt only with womon kind, not
good at secretts, as men say, but I say it is falc'd. I have not wrett till this
day since you heard from me. Excuss my ill hand. If I wer not verie
weary I would wrett to Lady Ann and thank her for her good intentions.
I am ever your most humbll

For the Earl of Cromertie.


Moorpark, August 4, circa 1711.

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