Letter – Diana Beaumont to John Erasmus Blackett – 19 Sep 1795

Document Type: Letter
Date: 19 Sep 1795
Correspondent: Diana Beaumont
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 224
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								Bretton Sept 19th 1795

Dear Sir

      I was favor’d with your Letter last Night & Col: Beaumont & myself are glad to find you are in hopes of raising the price of Lead to 17 – 10 – 0 pr Fodr & that you are endeavouring to get a quantity down to Blaydon before the Roads break up; Mr Bill & Mr Straker will have an unpleasant task in settling the Accounts &c of Mr Forster; I hope Allanheads will be better conducted when it is under the control of Mr Crawhall; Col: Beaumont set off this Morning for London, he has more travelling than a Kings Messenger, it is only ten Days since he returned from Town, I am under very considerable anxiety on his Account, & am now in readiness to follow him to Town. Mr Collingwood is at Cannon Hall, he appears amused, tho’ not very well pleased with the Old Admirals thoughts of Matrimony, I understand he offer’d 800£ per Ann Settlement & said if more was required he was ready to settle 1000£ per Ann, & to shew how disinterested his regard was he asked not for the Lady’s Fortune, I have proposed several Ladies to Mr Collingwood as his Relation Admiral Rodham is shewing him so good an Example; -

The Weather here is uncommonly favourable for the Harvest & the Crops are very abundant, Many of our principal Farmers say they have not had so good a prospect of many Years, I hope this will make the Monopolizers of Grain suffer very Materially, one Person at Wakefield is expected to lose a thousand Pounds by what he intended to have made four Thousand, it is to be lamented those People were not discovered & severely punished; - Mr & Mrs Ord of Nunnikirk near Netherwitton are on a Visit at Mr Stanhopes; -

      I hope you intend to put your plan in Execution of Visiting Harrowgate, & that we shall then have the pleasure of seeing you here, I hear they sit down above a Hundred to Dinner at the Dragon; - in London some talk of Peace now the French have crossed the Rhine, & the Stocks keep up, if Parliament meets as soon as is expected there will be no chance of a dissolution of Parliament this Year, My little Boys are quite well, your Godson improves daily, Tynemouth has been of great Service to him; - I am Dear Sir

      Very Sincerely yr Obed. Servt

      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