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Transcribed by Peter Titley on Thu, 04 Jul 2019 - 21:25

To the Ryght war-/ shipfull Sir Jhon/ Leveson knyght fore/ thys with speed at hal]/lyng/

Mr Ballard that he can / make no ordinance and/ ys not able to travayle. and he hath no/ fornace but a forge to beat/ iron bares/

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Ryght warshipfull I recievyd your letter datyd/ the viijth day of thys present october the xjth of/ the same/ and for answere thereof I doo assure/ you I have no Iron Forn[a]ce in any plase in Ingland/ only an Iron fordge to make out Cast of Iron// nor I/ did never own thyr any Iron fornaces// I had taken mr/ anthonie Coolpepper forn[a]ce wherfor I dyd never/ use but have past it over to one Jhon Darnoll/ of lamberhurst and thys I assur you is true/ [illegible] my [illegible] and where you requyer me to repayer/ to your house on thursday next I would then wayt/ on you if I were able to travell so farre but I/ assur you I have not durst to travell so farre/ thys too [illegible] nor am not yet in Cause to doo// and/ thys being true as I informe you havyng no forn[a]ces/ to Cast any goons. I trust I made not put in/ bonde// and so besechyng your woorship for the/ causes befor allgyd to p[ar]don my comyng to you/ at thys tyme I humbly Comyt you to the/ tuicion of thalmyghty God from Wadhurst the xj of october a[nn]o 1590/ 

          Yours to Comand to hys {illegible]/ pouer/

                                                                                    Rychar Ballard/

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Record Office
Kent County Library and Archive Centre
(with permission of South Staffordshire County Council)
Document Reference
The Sutherland Collection - Sir John Leveson of Halling
Document type
Letter from Richard Ballard to Sir John Leveson stating that he does not have any furnaces for the making of ordinance and therefore he should not be liable to a bond.

Document Date
The payment of a bond not to produce ordnance.
Names referred to within the document
John Leveson
Richard Ballard
Key words
Transcribers Notes
Where the writer of the letter has use / to denote the end of a sentence, then // has been used to differentiate from the end of a line in the text.