N[ew]castle 1 Octor 1827
Messrs Rundell & Co London
Adv[isin]g a pce Silver of 1197 Oz –pWaggon this day MM
N[ew]castle 4 Oct 1827
Ditto - Adv[isin]g 2 pieces of Silver 1649 & 1101 Oz – pWaggon this day
Mr John Mulcaster Blaydon House
Near Newcastle upon Tyne
Glasgow 18th Octr 1827
I have just finished the examination of your White Lead & I have been a good deal surprised at the result, It contains 4 foreign substances; Viz. Silica, Alumina, Iron & Manganese. The first three are present in very minute quantity. But the manganese in the state of Carbonate is so abundant that I succeeded in separating it & weighing it. To its presence I ascribe the bad colour
Royal Institution Nov 1/1827
Having carefully examined the specimen of discoloured white Lead sent to me for that purpose I find that the tinge is produced by the presence of a small quantity of the <Sulphinet> – The quantity of <Sulphinet> present although of no importance as to its weight (being but an exceedingly small proportion of the whole) is still nevertheless sufficient owing to the intensity of its brown colour & its intimate diffusion through the whole to occasion
Newcastle Novemr 13th 1827
It is with my sincere feelings of regret I have the painful duty of announcing to you the melancholy death of your invaluable Agent Mr Morrison, who expired suddenly yesterday evening – he had been occasionally unwell for sometime past, but particularly so since his last return from London, having experienced a very violent attack in his breast the morning after coming home; he however continued to take exercise in a Carriage or on
Mr. Beaumont's friends between 20 and 30 dined together to celebrate his marriage which took place this day. I much fear that this hasty marriage with a very young lady, not over well connected (and what is worse probably not very well educated) is not likely to turn out well. Beaumont, however, has an active and vigorous mind and should he become steady in his habits, turning his attention to useful objects, he may still, with his great means, become a most valuable member of society.
Newcastle Dec 26 1827
Messrs Walker, Parker, Walker & Co
I have received your favour of this days date covering Bills as under
24th Decr 1827 @ 3 Mos/d[ate] £ 3380 - -
@ 5 Mos/d[ate] 3380 17-7
10th Decr 1827 @ 4 Mos/d[ate] 3380 - -
7th do 5 Mos/d[ate] 3380 - -
£13520 17 7
being the amount for 10.500 ps Lead and 100 Casks WB Litharge sold your House in August last. &
Jany 9/1828 Adv[ise]d Rundell & Co a p[iece] Silver sent yesterday q[uantity] 1606 Oz & a p[iece] – do – today – q[uantity] 1633 Oz both in Col Beaum[on]ts a/c
Newcastle Jany 14/1828
Robt Stagg Esq
Marton House Appleby Westm
I supp[ose] the reason why the Acc[ount] of the Lead Cos dues pay[ab]le for their Mines in Weardale was not sent you at the usual period last year might be that there remained nothing owing from them upon it, as p[e]r the Annexed Statem[ent]. – the amount overpaid by you last year may be settled in the Acc[oun]t for 1827: to enable me to make out such, I will feel obliged by your furnishing me with yo
N[ew]Castle Jany 19 1828
Mr Thos Steel Rookhope
Having communicated your wishes to Mrs Beaumont I am happy to say she approves of your appointment at Rookhope Smelt Mills as the successor to Mr Smith at the same time desires me to impress upon you the greatest attention, exertion, sobriety & Regularity all of which I am sure you will find its your interest to adhere to most strictly you will now remove into the House & premises recently occupied by Mr Smith and any fur
I had an offer today of the situation of auditor to Col. and Mrs. Beaumont with a salary of £500 (and the payment of my annual expences of one journey to London) a year. I think I ought not with my family, to refuse this, tho' I confess I do not like holding any situation involving responsibility beyond what is strictly professional.
I had today a long interview (and upon the whole a satisfactory one) with Mrs. Beaumont, together with the Revd. C. Bird as to my Auditorship and everything was finally settled. God grant that this important step may turn out for the benefit of my family.
I went with Mrs. Beaumont to Mr. Crawhall's (her agent's) office and she announced to him my appointment as her Auditor. After that we had a needlessly long, but upon the whole, a satisfactory conversation and examination of the books. During these, I think I obtained tolerably clear notions as to the nature and extent of the duties of my situation and my mind was much relieved by the conviction that I should be able to discharge them without much difficulty.
In the morning I went with Mr. Crawhall and my son William to Blaydon...to see the works for refining lead ec. and inspect the manner of keeping the accounts. I was pleased with what I saw and am so far more and more satisfied with my new situation.
Newcastle Feby 19th 1828
Revd Dr Phillpotts, 16 Clarges St. London
I am favored with your Letter of the 15th Inst and in reply beg leave to state the following particulars. The duty on foreign Lead imported previous to the 5th July 1825 was 20 per Cent ad valorum, and upon the Lead Ore it was £1-16-0 per Ton, since the 5th July 1825 these rates have been reduced to £2 per Ton on Pig Lead and 10s/per Ton on Lead Ore – this latter arrangement, if I am correct in my i
Messrs Rundell Bridges & Co London
Sirs, I yesterday forwarded you on Col Beaumont’s Acc[oun]t a piece fine Silver containing Seventeen Hundred and Eighty Nine ounces, which be pleased to acknowledge receipt of as usual at your best price, and oblige Sirs etc
Newcastle 19th Feby 1828 Thos Crawhall
Messrs Walker & Co Newcastle Febry 21st 1828
[struck out: London]
I am obliged by your favor of the 20th Inst covering 5 Bills Am[oun]t £14,880-2-0 being payment for 11,000 pieces Lead & 240 Casks Litharge due to Col Beaumont for
whose use the same is received by Sirs
Yours etc Thos Crawhall
I shall attend to the various Samples of Lead you wish from Mr Mulcaster. TC
(Monthly summary) (On the duties of his Auditorship viz.) ‘to examine the accounts of the different Stewards and Agents and to keep a general superintendence over them’. It is not expected that I should take any part in the detail of the business, except in renewing the agreement with the Bishop of Durham and perhaps also negotiating (should it be required) with Dr. Phillpotts...
Mr Harbottle March 3rd 1828
I had the misfortune to lose one of my youngest boys yesterday - you must therefore excuse me meeting you this morning. I have looked at the two trees claimed by Mr Bacon and I think there cannot exist a doubt of the southernmost one belonging to Mr Beaumont.
I set out in my gig...about 9 o'clock...to Newhouse (Mr. G. Crawhall's) to attend Col. and Mrs. Beaumont's great annual pay in Weardale. The whole sum taken up for this pay was near £70,000, but considerably more than half of this sum was paid away at the Hexham and Allendale pays. I breakfasted at Lanchester.
Newhouse (Mr. Crawhall's) is large, old and inconvenient. The entrance hall is a long narrow room with a table the whole length of it, at which the pays are made. Mr. Crawhall sat at one end of this with one plate full of sovereigns, another of silver and a third of copper coin before him, with piles of bank notes (the large ones Batsons, the small Scotch) on one side of him under the the care of a clerk. Three other agents or clerks assisted in keeping the checque accounts so as almo
I stopped 2 hours at Stanhope and saw Dr. Phillpotts' large new house and good gardens: every thing seems to be done upon a liberal not to say expensive scale, and in point of taste, tho' there may not be much to admire, I do not think there is much to blame.
Messrs C.M Sauerland & Co Newcastle May 3d/1828
Attona nr Hamburg
In consequence of the death of Mr Morrison your L[ett]re addressed to him of the 26th ulto. is come to my hands as agent for the WB Lead Concerns (Col & Mrs Beaumonts) here. therefore beg to transmit you the present price of WB Litharge £20. sterling p.Ton. It is not however the practice of this establishment to make shipments, these are generally done by a resident Agent employed by the purchaser and wh
I took new chambers today in Mr. Crawhall's house in Newgate Street, having been driven, most unwillingly, from those I have long inhabited by nuisances of various kinds - a dram shop at the bottom of my staircase, a grocer's shop with a coffee mill, below me, and a carpet warehouse in the rooms above me.
I seet out upon my journey to Britton Hall and London taking my servant Noel with me. We left N.Castle at 1/4 before 6 in the Leeds coach and reached Leeds soon after 7 at night. I went on the outside the whole way and we travelled safely and by no means unpleasantly. As I sat on the Box with the coachman I was not much annoyed by the dust; I saw the country to advantage and had the means of enquiring as to the names of places ec.
...Reached Wakefield soon after 10...and proceeded immediately to Britton Hall. I found Mrs Beaumont and her Steward (Mr. Brackenridge) waiting for me and we entered upon business immdiately.