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Letter – Ralph Grey to William Hester – 9 Jan 1674

New[castle] Jen[y] the 9 1673 Mr Hester This at present is to Intreat yow to Shipp In Mr <Ne..> Sanderson Mr Thorpe or who you Can best for Ship I have p[ar]t of if save Fr[e]ight ; if not I refer to yow to Shipe In whom yow plisse halfe a Last of ordenary Soape 1/2 Last of Best BS Soape and 1/2 Last of BB Soape, I have not hear from yow of late, pray Lett this make amends for Last per John Bee wch we Lost 2 or 3 firkens : Lett me hear two Lynes from yow of Shiping and I

Letter – Ralph Grey to George Potts – 9 Jan 1674

New[castle] Jen[y] the 9 1673 Mr Geo Potts This apresent Is to Aquant yow that Mr Mossis Dringer and Mr Wm Alford Is Sayld and I hope will be wth yow er long; Last post I Rec.d a Letter from my Cousson Mr John Grey who writt me he was wth yow; Wth the bills of Echange Wch you would not Under Write nor Except; but did appoint hyme to Come Eight days after: you would give hyme an Answer: Wch I Wond[e]r at for all most redy moneys I pd: I could have had twelve pens per pound to have forn

Letter – Ralph Grey to Matthew Shepherd – 9 Jan 1674

New[castle] Jen[y] th 9 1673 Mr Shephard This at present is to Intreat yow to Ship me per the first Ships three <H?> of Malt three boxes of browne Candy; and loafe sug[a]r one <H?> Let them be moast Small loaffs; and I shall take Care to Order you up moneys : pray if M[aste]r Thorpe or M[aste]r Sand[er]son be not come away Ship it in Ether of them and if they have anny moneys to Spare pray Receive it other wise I shall ord[er] Mr John Martine or Others to pay it Ra

Letter – Ralph Grey to unknown Grey – 9 Jan 1674

New[castle] Jen[y] th 9 1673 Cousson Grey Yo[urs] of the 3d Curant Came to saife hand: Wherein I perceive yow Rec[eived] the bills Cha[rged] upon Mr Potts; and that yow wear wth hym and that he would not Under Write; in my Last I sent yow a bill Inclosed for 30 <s> charged by Mr Mossis Dringer and one bill for 6:15:6 p Mr Wm Alford; I doe wounder he doth doth [sic] not except the bill; being In amang all Ready moneys pd hear: wch at this tyme of the year is Scarce with Cole ow

Letter – Ralph Grey – 16 Jan 1674

Newc Jen th 16 1673 Sr Yo[urs] of the 10 Curant Came to Saife hand; Wth the Inclosed bill of Exch[ange] Came to hand wth Mr George Arey promises payment this day wch I question not We sell Lead from A 11 £ 5 s to 11 £ 10 s to Duch men: I have prevailed with my Cussen Briggs you shall have 200 or 300 piggs at 11£ per fother It being for yo[ur] owne acct; pray prevail wth some M[aste]r to taikett in hear Capt Weatwang hath taken a privattear of Eight gones [guns] and 70ty men Who

Letter – Ralph Grey – 16 Jan 1674

New Castle Jen 16th 1673 Right Honble This at present is for Cover of this Inclosed bill of Exch[ange] from Mr Charles Cotterall who by stres[s] of Wedd[er] is dreven Into Berwick; the bill is for 10 <£> But I paid but 5 <£> and I perceive he Recd noe more ; Except he Intend to Cha 5 <£> more I doe not understand hys meaning: yo[ur] fine Currant proves not good ; I hope Earr this the Mr < > hath pd the moneys ordered; this not furth[er] but that I am yo[ur

Letter – Ralph Grey to George Potts – 17 Jan 1674

Newcastel Jan 17 73 Mr George Potts Yours of the 11th Courant Came to safe hand; & assure yourselfe Mr Sales shall want noe furtherance that lies in My power I have bee[n] Lyoing tormented wth the gout that I Canot Looke after my busnes I orderred my Man to goe from Shope to Shope if any had accation for Moneys I would passt my bills I did intreat Mr Sayles the Like who sath he hath beene but Cannot procure any I have ordered my frinde haveing about five hundred pounds London to re

Letter – Ralph Grey to William Peacock – 17 Jan 1674

Newcastle Janu ye 17 73 Mr Wm Peacocke Yo[urs] of ye 13th Curant wth ye inclosed bill of exchinge fo[r] twenty pounds Came to saife hand wch he promes to pay at day; I desired him to let know if there weere any Convenency of Shiping he would let me know; that I Might get of ye haviest Leed; to save wt we can in Coustome; he tells me there is noe Sweeds and yt you will not adventure in a Ostender; they being price [?prize] to ye ffrench; I shall observe yo[ur] order in it; or wt els

Letter – Ralph Grey to Randolph Richardson – 19 Jan 1674

Newcastle Janu ye 19 73 Mr Richisson This at present is to aquaint yow yt my Cossen Briggs and I have examened yo[ur] acct and found it right and intende to Shipe som Led per ye first Shipes we Can get to take then [sic] in Coles geves Soe great a prise they wellnot be p[er]swaded to doe us ye Courtessy though we would advance ye price; we intreate yow for yo[ur] paines and trouble in selling ou[r] Leed you wold bestow five pounds in a pesce of plate and place to our acct; we have

Letter – Ralph Grey to unknown Grey – 20 Jan 1674

Newc[astle] Jan th 20 1673 Lo[ving] Cousson yors of the 15th Curante with the Inclosed bill of exchange for <£114> came to saife hand upon Mr Peater Marchall who hath paid the one ½ and will pay the other next weeke as he promisseth, for great Care and trouble I send you many thankes as alsoe for yor private advise; Mr Sailes hath ship of Mr Potts Reparing which will Cost = £115 besides she will take In above 20 Keels of Coles soe I intreat hym for to Retorne monys downe; I h

Letter – Ralph Grey – 20 Jan 1674

NewC[astle] Jan 20th 1673 Sr Yors of the 15 Curant with the Inclosed bill of of Exchange for £85 17:6d of Mr Henshawe would not Except the bill for to pay at the day; pretending longer tyme granted, Soe was forced to grant hym a weake Longer or Returne the bill; I am glad that Lead ryseth with you: We can gett noe M[ast]er for to take In anny hear for London; In my Last I writ you I had prevailed wth my Cosson Briggs to Lett you have 2 or 300 peses of Lead at £xii per fother pray [s]en

Letter – Ralph Grey to George Potts – 23 Jan 1674

ditto 23 1673 Mr Geo Potts Sr Yors of 17 Came to saife hand: being seke of the gootes [gout] that I Cannot goe about but I entreted Mr Sailes to Lock [sic] about and he tould me he had prevailed for £100 I giveing my bill upon you; W[hi]ch I promised I would but I heard nothing of them this morning w[hi]ch I wonder of; I shall doe my Endever to assist hym but trade is soe dead and monys soe scarce with hus especally at this tyme of year; French Sells well good graves Wine at 36 pound

Letter – Ralph Grey to William Watling – 23 Jan 1674

ditto 23th 1673 Mr Watling Pray Send per Mr Dixson or some of our NewC[astle] Shipps 12 Dozen of your best pans and 6 dozen at 6s:10 per [dozen]; hear is a great Loss of ships No more at present I am Yors Ra Grey

Letter – Ralph Grey to unknown Grey – 23 Jan 1674

NewC[astle] Jan 23th 1673 Cosson Grey This at present is to aquaint yow with the sad loss we have suffered to our ships Mr Whits Mr Johnson Mr Kirkhous Mr Simpson Mr Hutton Mr Forman Mr Little Mr Reahead Geo Bett Wm Wilkinson Mr Shrives Mr Albaney and the Nathen Robt Thorpe feared of fifteene but 3 saife Thes are Townes Ships besids others w[hi]ch I have Not the Names of; I had A letter from Mr Potts that he would send you downe the £36 this Not further but that I am Yours Ra Grey

Letter – Ralph Grey to Randolph Richardson – 23 Jan 1674

ditto 23th 1673 Mr Richardson Yors of the 17 Curant came to saife hand with a Bill of Exchang of £75 4s w[hi]ch my Brother Ellison hath Excepted; hear is a sad lose to this towne; Last year I Lost £1400 but this year I know not but this towne is undon; I meane shipowners; ther is lost that we hear of Mr Kirkhous Tho Simpson Anto Whit Mr Hutton Forman and Furman and 4 or 5 other besids all strangers Not further but that I am yours Ra Grey

Letter – Ralph Grey to William Hester – 23 Jan 1674

NewC[astle] Jan 23th 1673 Mr Hester Yors I Recd: This at present is to aqua[i]nt you with the sad loss this towne hath sustend by the Last Storme; my sope is lost buy Cha Johnson; w[hi]ch if you had shipt According as you writ In October had bene saife hear but that Adds to my other great Losses; pray send 6 Barr[els] of the best Neat Sope per Abraham Dixson or some other good ships; I Lost Last yeare £1400 in [l]osses of ships but this year We know not all Losses for this storme thar

Letter – Ralph Grey to Matthew Shepherd – 23 Jan 1674

NewC[astle] Jan 23 1673 Mr Shepheard Yors of the 3d Curant Came to saife hand and in dew tyme; since which I have ordered Mr John Burfit of <soal> to pay you twenty pounds and if he come to this port to pay forty pounds and Mr Partis of Newcastle to pay you £20 I shall order you more mony up; heare hath bene A sad Losse of shipps hear to the Norward of this barr: Mr Anto: Whats Mr Johnson Hen: Kirkhous Tho Simpson Mr Hutton Forman Little: of Newc[astle] besides Sundry other Stra

Letter – Ralph Grey to George Potts – 24 Jan 1674

NewCastle Jan 24th 73/4 Mr George Pott Last post I writ you I heard nothing of Mr Georg Sayles; who this day was with me; and aquanted me he expected one hundred pounds at last but now he Can furneish hime but with thirty pounds which I have passed my bill of exchange of you at sight according to Mr Sayles dessire; which pray honor with acceptance and payment; the bill is payable to Mr Jerrad Stockell or his order; A man of Law[.] moneys is soe scarce heare that thosse that have it wil

Letter – Ralph Grey to Matthew Shepherd – 27 Jan 1674

ditto the 27 1673 Mr Shipheard In my last I gave you an acct w[ha]t Mr Burford would pay and Mr Parker who I hope will not fall [fail?] ther Ingaidment; and this Inclosed to Mr Chas Fairweather, w[hi]ch pray sealle before your delivery you will hear of hym at Billingate he Is now unlading his shypp; I hope he will [have] twenty pounds; for the futer [future] give me but tymly notes I will order you up your money thus Not further I am yours Ra Grey

Letter – Ralph Grey to Charles Fairweather – 27 Jan 1674

NewC[astle] Jan 27 1673 Mr Fairweather I am glad to hear of your saife arival We have Lost <20th> of our best NewC[astle} shipps wh[ere]in I am deaply concarned that within the 14/mo I have loss 30 Sayle of ships; god send his peace that you may Lye up In winter, and run noe such hazard and thare Is 30 Strangers Lost with the NewC[astle] men It was a strong ruin thosse shipps that was <…….> though they had but bene but at Scarbrough I have Recd Geo: Pesead accs Whear I

Letter – Ralph Grey to Timothy Asdell – 27 Jan 1674

NewC[astle] Jan 27th 1673 Mr Tymothy Asdell Yors of the 22th Curant came to saife hand with the Inclosed bill of Exchang of Mr Petter Marchell Came to saife hand, for the value Recd of Mr Geo: Potts; I hope Ere this he hath p[ai]d the bill of £6:15s:6d cha[rged] buy Mr Alford; I much desire your Aquates and if I truble you with rec[eiving] moneys of Masters of shipps and paying It, Retorning: per bills of Exch[an]ge with per Cent: Noe more At present but that I am yor Humble Servant

Letter – Ralph Grey to Embaucke – 29 Jan 1674

NewC[astle]; jan 29th 73 Mr <Embaucke> I recd yours but I doe not remember anythinge of w[ha]t you mentean; you <...> as much formerly; I have examind & find noe such thing if there be receits as you pretend produce them[.] not further but that I am Your frend Ra: Grey

Letter – Ralph Grey – 30 Jan 1674

NewC[astle] Jan 30th 1673 Sr Yors of the 27 came to saife hand this day with the Inclosed Bill of Exchange for £145 06s on Mr Robt Ellison who hath promisd payment at day; w[hi]ch I Question Not; Mr Shaw hath paid the Eighty 5 pounds Seven shill[ings] 6d: but I hear nothing of makeing of It up £100; I wish you would order the shiping of yor Lead as sowne [soon] as possobly you Cann: I beleve It may be shipt for 1s:6d per pigg; thare is great Quantity bought up this day to be s

Letter – Ralph Grey to William Peacock – 30 Jan 1674

NewC[astle] Jan the 30 1673 Mr Peacoke Yors of the 27 Curant came to saife hand, where In I perceive you have bene Inquiring after Returnes but finde not to according to exsptation w[hi]ch Is aprised to us; our pay day being Next Weeke; and we sould it Cheepe upon that Acct; Lead is sould hear this day at £12 per fo[ther]; I was with Mr Isaackson but he could not suply; heare Is great quantityes sould hear w[hi]ch is shippt of for Amsterdam Rotterdam & Hambrough [Hamburg] I wonder

Letter – Ralph Grey to William Grey – 30 Jan 1674

ditto 30 Ja 1673 Sonne Wm Since my last I Recd yors and one with A Noat of Cha[rges]: which I approve of; from Mr Leads who I am Ingaged to for his great care of you; <ply [apply?] your backe> for its the best portion I can give you; and you shall want Noe Incorgment; I hope you will find the Advantage of the yeares In <pracct..ts>; All frends hear are well save only yor Cusson Roger who Is very Weeke; they Reminded themselfs to you. Yor mother gives you her Kiss and <S
The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project aimed to celebrate and discover the heritage of the Dukesfield Arches & lead carriers' routes between Blaydon and the lead mines of Allendale and Weardale. A two year community project, it was led by the Friends of the North Pennines in partnership with Hexhamshire and Slaley Parish Councils and the active support of Allendale Estates. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generous support of other sponsors. Friends of the North Pennines: Charity No:1137467