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Dear Sir, I presume Mr Blackett, has addressed himself to you, some time ago, respecting the Application wch Mr. Mowbray, by my direction made to him on the subject of the Weardale Mines; & of the compensation to me for the Lot Ore thereof. I have received satisfactory information that the annual payment of £925- bears no proportion whatsoever to the Value of the Bishop's Ninth? I have, however, deferred taking any Steps in the Business, till Mr. Blackett could inform you of the Ground in which I am advised the agreement must be set aside; & I am anxious that such measures may be adopted, as to give you no unnecessary trouble, & if possible to settle the business fairly & amicably, as between friendly parties. If an Interview might in any degree contribute to so desirable an End, I could very readily come to Town for that purpose next week, if I am not then preparing for my northern Journey. but should it be to your wish, I will meet you at Cranford Bridge, two miles on this side of Hounslow at 12 or 1 Ck - on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, in next week, or, should you prefer it, my confidential Friend Mr. Bernard of the Foundling shall wait upon you in Portman Square, vested with full powers from me. Allow me to request as early an Ansr as you can give consistently with anything the circumstances of the case, as in matters of a legal nature no time is to be lost I am etc etc
Unsigned and undated, this letter is probably a copy sent, judging from the context of the collection and its contents, from the recipient to JEBlackett. Reference to Lot Ore indicates it was from the Bishop of Durham. Mention of Portman Square suggests the recipient was Col. Beaumont, and a letter from JEBlackett to Col Beaumont dated 19 June 1802 appears to refer to this matter. As JEB refers to “your letter of the 10th inst.. enclosing copy of the Bishops letter to you” we can be confident in dating this letter to early June 1802. “Mr Bernard of the Foundling” was Sir Thomas Bernard, treasurer of the Foundling Hospital, London, a friend of Bishop Shute Barrington of Durham.