Letter – Diana Beaumont to John Erasmus Blackett – 1 Sep 1803

Document Type: Letter
Date: 1 Sep 1803
Correspondent: Diana Beaumont
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 224
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								Worthing Sep[tembe]r 1st 1803

Dear Sir

I rec’d yesterday the Statement of the Arkendale Mines, w[hic]h I am glad to find so favorable, & immediately forwarded them to Col. Beaumont at Bretton, I hope there will be no difficulty in carrying on the Works conformable with the Lease, until all the Creditors are paid with Interest, & then I hope we shall never have any more transactions with them of any kind whatsoever, they have no Principles of Honesty in their dealings, & we must all be on our guard – since I began this Letter I am favor’d with yours of the 28th, also the Letter signed by you enclosing the resolutions of the Committee on the affairs of Easterby & Co. w[hic]h I will forward by the Post to Col. Beaumont, what is done by the Committee appears to me very judicious, I hope Mr Walton may not prove too Sanguine, I am only afraid of their deceiving us in some thing or other, which I fear they will do if they can, we have once been taken in by them & they will never more have my Confidence – I am really concerned to find you have been so much Indisposed, & hope a little quiet at Newbiggen with Mrs Collingwood’s kind care will be of great Service, I fear the hurry of Business of some Weeks past has dwelt too much on your Mind, as well as mine, I am not so Stout as I usually am in my present Situation, & shall be very glad to find myself in Portman Square with my Six Children on Wednesday next the 7th, I have this Morng rec’d a Letter from Col. Beaumont from Bretton, he says the Buck will be sent to you & Mr C. Blackett at the time you mention, & I hope it will prove a good one, you will have heard from the Colonel, since his arrival, by his Letter to Day I think he don’t intend going to Newcastle until he hears from you when it will be necessary he should be there – I am very glad the Duke of York has not not [sic] accepted Col. Beaumonts offers, & think from the answer he rec’d last when he was in Town, he has no intentions of employing him, I believe Ministers are at this moment much puzzled, they don’t know what to do with the Force they have call’d forth,  it is said all the Regiments of the Army of Reserve are not yet disposed of , & perhaps they may intend to offer one of them to the Colonel, but I would prefer his hav[in]g nothing to do with them; - I have open’d a Letter this Morng of Mr Waltons to Col. Bt & have sent a Copy of part of it to Mr Bell that no time may be lost, as he appears very anxious to have some Extracts or Copies from the Black Book before the 5th Sep[tembe]r & says Mr Bell does not think himself at liberty to let him have extracts or Copies, tho’ he has leave to Show it him, I forward his Letter to Col B- by this Post, & have requested Mr Bell will furnish Mr Walton with the Extracts he desires, unless he knows it will be prejudicial to our interests, w[hic]h he must be better Acquainted with than we can be; - I have this Day rec’d a Letter from Mr Burdon, w[hic]h I have sent to Col: B- & he will shew it you when his is in the North, it is no more satisfactory that his others to us, & he treats us very Cavalierly indeed, I plainly see he expects us to do every thing that he desires, & that we have not the power to object to anything, he shall see the difference – I am Dear Sir

Very Sincerely Yours D Beaumont

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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