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.
I went alone to Bywell to visit Beaumont and his bride and dined and staid all night there. Mr. Bird was the only other visitor and we had much confidential talk as to the Election. We both stated the absolute necessity of Beaumont's regular attendance to his parliamentary duties: and assuming that as a condition, we gave it as our opinion that he had the fairest prospect of success.
Beaumont and I had a long walk before breakfast and another afterwards, his wife accompanying us. He shewed me also every part of his house and we talked over all his meditated improvements.
Upon the whole I was pleased with my visit and really hope that this marriage may be very beneficial in its consequences. The lady is young, pleasing in her appearance and unaffected in her manners. But she does not appear to me either handsome or clever.
With the exception of a little vehemence ag
Mrs. B announced to me my appointment to be Steward, or judge, of the ‘Head Court of the Regality of Hexham’.
I went to Hexham...to enter upon my new office of steward of the Regality of Hexham. I succeeded Mr. Williamson who was dismissed by Mrs. Beaumont in (as it appears to me) a foolish and not over gracious manner. His answer to her letter was short and spirited, but the change has made no difference in the good understanding which has always subsisted between him and me.
A large party of the gentlemen of Hexham and the neighbourhood dined with me (at the expense however of the Lord of the Manor). I pushed about the bottle and by giving a good many toasts, and making them 2 or 3 short speeches, I contrived to get the evening well and chearfully over...
[annotated on cover:] May 1829/ Rail Road / Report of Newcastle Rail road from New[cast]le to Carlisle and advantage to the Lead Mines rec[eive]d from Mr Crawhall
The average quantity of Coll. & Mrs Beaumonts lead <c[arrie]d> down to Blaydon is from
Allen Mill 2260 Tons
Allenheads Mill 1180 do
Dukesfield Mill 2760 do
Rookhope Mill 1680 do
Annually 7880 Tons
The present charge for Carr[ia]ge of Lead from Allen Mill to Newburn is 1s/1d pr. 11 Sto[ne
I received the melancholy intelligence of the death of Maria Bigge, which tho' it was not unexpected, grieves me very deeply...As I heard of Maria's death on my way, I was very unfil for business, but I was obliged to proceed to Durham to meet the Agents of the Bishop. Mr. Crawhall accompanied me and we made what seems to be a very good bargain, viz. that the Bishop is to receive £1000 per Quarter during his holding the see of Durham, in due of the 9th share of lead ore.
I set out in the Mail for London with Noel taking an inside and an outside place. Mr. Brackenridge accompanied me as far as Wakefield....Leeds is a large and an ugly town.
After calling upon Mrs. Beaumont, I went to the House of Lords and had the satisfaction to find that all difficulties were removed as to our railroad.
At Beaumont's earnest request yesterday, I attended the christening of his little boy (Wentworth Blackett Beaumont) at his house near Hampstead. The party consisted of Mrs. and 2 Misses Beaumont, Capt. and Edwd. Beaumont, Mr., Mrs. and 2 Misses Atkinson, Messrs Broderick and Summers - 2 young Atkinsons joined us at the splendid entertainment which we had after the service was performed. Things went off very well considering the heterogeneous nature of the two Houses of Beaumont and Atki
13 July 1829 Papa left Town with Mr <Chilners>
14 We left London at 8 O’Clock & got to Grantham at 10
15 We left at 8 & got to Bretton at 5. Dined at Doncaster . Found Pap at Bretton
17 Richard arrived. Mr Chilner left us.
29 Wed. Papa got much worse. We wrote to Wentworth & Edward & sent to Grove
30 Th. Mrs Lee came
31 Fri My Father died at 9 o’clock in the evening. My uncle came in the morning
3rd Aug Monday. Edward came
5 Wed. Mr Bird came
Mrs. Beaumont arrived and I was really glad to see the old lady looking so well after her late severe illness. Whatever her faults and her follies may be, her life is of great importance not only to her own family but to all persons connected with her concerns. At present, things at least proceed in an orderly manner, but should my friend Beaumont come into possession, I fear we shall witness much confusion and misrule.
Annual visit to the mines thus terminated satisfactorily. The death of poor Col. Beaumont makes no difference in the business arrangements of the family and I have nothing to say new of Mrs B., except that I think age and infirmities have rather improved and softened her character. I was glad that there was no necessity to dismiss any of her numerous workpeople (above 3000) tho' no doubt the reduction of wages must diminish their comforts very considerably.
Dinner in the name of the Steward of the Regality of Hexham to about 19 of the principle inhabitants of Hexham and the neighbourhood...The dinner seemed to go off vastly well. I pushed about the bottle, gave them about 20 toasts, talked a good deal and was civil to every one! An easy mode of becoming popular in a country town.
This is the last Will and Testament of me Diana Beaumont of Bretton Hall in the County of York Widow & made this twentieth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand & eight hundred and twenty nine whereas my late husband Thomas Richard Beaumont Esquire by his last Will and Testament in writing bearing date the sixth day of December one thousand eight hundred and five directed his trustees therein named to raise the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand pounds out of his personal