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John Peck to Sir John Trevor (Little Almery, near Westminster Abbey): in answer to recipient's request for full details of the events surrounding his son's election the writer summarises by saying that 'there was not to my knowledge a gent in all the country but was for Mr Trevor only the great labouring at first was to have the first nomination, the which before Mr Trevor should a lost I would a lost all I had. Never two men were more jealous one of another then than Captain Ellis and I were which made me, seeing he was strange and had taken up a house in Mold where the election was for himself without my privity, I took up another house over against him for your friends, the which when he heard of he then began to be doubtful and then he caused Sir Thomas Hanmer who came to me in Wrexham in company of Mr Edisbury and discoursed with me of the business and I told him I should be very ready to serve him and Captain Ellis provided that Mr Trevor might have the first place, the which when he and Mr Edisbury had assured me of I was content to bear half the charge with Captain Ellis which came unto £11.19s.2d. apiece there besides my own expenses and employing of messengers 11s.4d being in all £12.10s.6d. There were at the election at Mold I believe 800 people whereof we dined 371 besides wine and beer. The rest of the people we only gave them beer which came to £3.11s. so that all went away very well satisfied and Captain Ellis and I parted in outward show very good friends with his promise that he would comply with you and Mr Trevor and therefore you must both of you seem to be very loving and kind unto him although I do not advise you to trust either him or Colonel Twiselton. In case we had not beforehand agreed that Mr Trevor should a had the first voice I had brought in at least 300 men more the which I had something to do to keep back to save ... which was Colonel Ravenscroft's friends and tenants, Baron Edwards' friends and tenants, Mr Hope's friends and tenants. All these gents you were chiefly beholden unto whom I made very much of. The election was in the churchyard after which I advised Captain Ellis to give the people thanks and to tell them how ready Mr Trevor and he would be to serve them the which he perormed ... When Mr Crichley comes to London he will satisfy you of all passages in this business the which will make you merry'.

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