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X.c.61 (119): Letter from John Ogilvy, Balfour, to James Rattray, Craighall, 1674 September: autograph manuscript signed

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Collection:Papers of the Rattray family of Craighall [manuscript], 1593-1699.
Preferred Citation:Letter from John Ogilvy, Balfour, to James Rattray, Craighall, 1674 September: autograph manuscript signed, Papers of the Rattray family of Craighall [manuscript], 1593-1699.. Transcription by Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO). MS X.c.61 (119), Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
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Blakstoune the [◇] of Septr 1674
Loving brother I have verrie often disyred yr uncle Milvehall
to ask yr sister uhither she uould restore my bonds or not, if I can
obtaine no disyre from her, I intreat ye may doe me the favore to call
for ane sight of some bonds yt are amongst the rest, granted to me
by Iames Arbuthnot of blakstoune, and take ane accompt of the
soumes of moe contained in them upon peaper ut the daite of eache
bond by it selfe, upon my uord I knou not uhat the soumes are, nor att
uhat time I did receive them, & he & I being this ueike to close our
accompts I am resolved except my bonds be retired or ane extract
of them by yr selfe, never to demand ane groat of them since I have
nothing to instruct my debt but bear alegiance, it uas not my intentione
(uhen that Lady uas pleased to seperat her selfe from me, to have kept
such ane distance ut her, unlesse till I found my name to be odious yea
most ridiculous to her, which those ignominious calumnies nou publickly
knoune to all,) doeth uell testifie, but I uish the Lord almytie forgive her
and so doe I, and I appeal to her conscience hou many abused singular testimo=
nies of my respect uithin these ten years hath she received; and uith uhat
horrid crueltie and disdaine she still reuarded me, uhich att last
did bring me almost to nought, as for her present carriage (Authorize
her uho uill) she hath given her reputatione ane indelable staine, & shou
her from me that it uere much more incumbent for her to ^^be keiping home
cloathed in sackloth & ashes, bevailing the lamentable judgments that are
upon our miserable families then Dinalyk to be gading abrod to
mercats contracting unnecessarie bourdings but uhat prejudice she
can doe me in my estate lett her doe it since it is come this lenth
I shall assist in the spending to the full; and ere it be long I
shall be where I shall ^^not be much troubled ut the shame of it (as I am att sent,
she uould not send me so many of my bed hingings as cover her poore infants
nakednesse, nor so many of ther bak clothes as cover them from the cold
but all doe I undervalou for god uill provide for them, if your affairs can
permitt I disyre ye uill doe me the favore to come the lenth of patt
crockat ^^in Alyt on moonday that I may imparte a littel affaire to you and you shall
be uaited on by Sir, your affec.att brother and faithfull servant
Io: Ogilvey

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I shall uaite on you att Alyt till tuelve or on acloke
in the afternoone but I should uish yo uould come be ten
& if ye bring those bonds uth you you doe me ane favore

ffor the Laird of Craighall