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.
Business: auditing acounts and arranging deeds ec. Mr. Rodgers (Mrs. B's solicitor) joined us. In the 10 hours I, of course, include conversation and consultations with Mrs. B. on her affairs.
Mrs. Beaumont is certainly not a pleasant person to do business with, but she has many good and some kind qualities and I do not doubt by steadiness and a moderate degree of attention, to get on vastly well in my new situation. Her principal agent in London appears to me to be a good man of business and I found all his accounts clear and very regular. Indeed, Mr. Hopkins has been brought up and occupied all his life, in business connected with lead and I am disposed to think very well indeed
Mr B. July 18th 1828
I am happy to know that you are arrived in London ... the China and Glass will be packed tomorrow and sent by the steam Packet which leaves NCastle on Tuesday next, and will arrive at Blackwell on Thursday. I enclose you Mr Harbottles letter in answer to my application to him to reduce his arrears. I must confess I was never more astonished at any production. He has had £150 allowed on .account of damage ... with this I also send you one or two more names who are deep
From Allendale Town to Allenheads the ride is romantic being near the wild little brook called the East Allen. There are some plantations and a small quantity of natural wood on its banks and the wild heath covering the hills which rise to a considerable height makes the scenery wild and interesting. We were very hospitably received by Mr. W. Crawhall who seems to be a plain but sensible man.
I went into one of the principle lead mines, about 2 miles in extent and 120 fathoms deep. We went most part of the way in waggons but were let down by a rope in two places from ten to 20 fathoms and descended a considerable way by 30 short ladders fixed one above another on projecting parts of the rock, making altogether a height of about, I suppose, 60 or 70 fathoms. I suffered very little inconvenience in going down but felt the labor of coming up tedious and fatiguing. Mounting the ladd
We rode to Coalcleugh where we stopped some time and then proceeded to Brackensike ec. seeing Boretin Force, a romantic little cascade on our way. We had a luncheon at Coalcleugh and returned to Allenheads to a late dinner. The day was fine and I was much pleased with my excursion. I rode above 20 miles and walked a good deal without suffering from fatigue. I think the air of the heaths and mountains always agrees with me....We found Mr. Johnson, Mr. Beaumont's Steward at Allenheads
In the morning early I proceeded to Wolsingham where I breakfasted and joined Mrs. Beaumont at the Rev'd. Mr. Wilson's. We then went on to Mr Geo Crawhall's in her open carriage, Douglas driving her maid in my gig...Dinner and all night at Newhouse.
In the morning, we proceeded to Allenheads, the home of Mr. W. Crawhall and were met by the Revd. C. Bird and Mr. Bolam, Col. B.'s land agent and Mr. Johnson, Mr. Beaumont's agent. We passed this day in examining accounts, giving directions to the agents ec. Mrs B. here had her table supplied from the small inn near and had her own wine, fruit ec.
Mr B. Aug 27th 1828
I waited upon Mrs Beaumont yesterday at Allenheads and was sorry to learn you are unwilling that I should hold any agency along with yours. When I appoint to it I had no wish to extend it, but since that time my family has increased beyond my expectation, beyond anything that might offer in your own family, my second son will leave school in six months when I purpose taking him into the office to assist me. Sir E Blacketts agence at Matfen is now vacant for which I wish
Went to the Ball where I had much talk with Liddell (our M.P.). He was sounding me as to Beaumont's plans and I was endeavouring to make out his. I do not believe we were either of us successful.