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Poser 400 – Letter by Michael Young to the Earl and Countess of Lothian, 1652

In this week's poser, a letter by Michael Young to the Earl and Countess of Lothian, 1652, we asked you what the young men's favourite recreation was and where they wanted to spend their vacation.

Image of a letter by Michael Young to the Earl and Countess of Lothian, 1652 (National Records of Scotland, Lothian muniments, GD40/2/3/14).

Answer: Their favourite recreation was the Pell Mell (pael mael is their Chieffe recreation) and they wanted to spend their vacation in Brabant (They are very desirous to visit, by you Lo[rdships] leave, the Chieffe parts of Brabart, this somer vacance ).

Transcription:

The pael mael is their Chieffe recrea-
tion. Wee would betake our selves wholly to Learne the frensh and Dutch
and those excercises here, which are not to be had at home, if wee thought
that our tyme here would be short. They are very desirous to visit, by
your Lo[rdship's] Leave, the Chieffe parts of Brabart, this somer vacance. I
wrote with Troop, that our monney would serve us till towards November,
havejng recejved 1000 guilders from Ensigne Echljn: 700 of them are to be
payed to his sister there: wee hope your Lo[rdship] will be myndfull of it. I have
wrjtten to my Lady a note of our Letters whereof yet wee have
heard nothing; And can only adde, that I shall jndeavour to shew
my self, jn all respects,

This week's poser was contributed by 'Fodiator', a researcher from Fife.

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