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John E. Blackett Esq., Charlotte Square, Newcastle upon Tyne. [cover note in JEB’s hand:] Mrs. Beaumont, 26th Nov. 1797. With copy of Miss Newton's to J. Bell of 8 Decemb Bretton November 26th 1797 Dear Sir, I have deferred answering your letter in hopes of Colonel Beaumont's arrival from London, and by a letter from him this morning he will not be able to leave town before Tuesday or Wednesday, as you name your intention of being at Newcastle the beginning of the week, you will probably wish to hear from me respecting the Business at the Abbey. I have consulted Mr. Twedale and he is of the same opinion I mentioned in a former letter that the only method of settling will be have all the wood brought by Mr. Newton to the Abbey valued, and if any wood has been sold or taken away by him an account to be given of it, and those workmen employed by Mr. Newton to be settled with (by his Day Book) out of the money he has recd. and to have done with Mr. Newton entirely, everything has been conducted by him and his son in so improper a manner that we cannot consider anything on their parts to have been executed as Architects, they have done us much injury. I shall be anxious for tomorrow's Papers, on account of the Taxes, and particularly our Lead. Lord Hawke wanted to convince me the other day that our Lead ought never to be higher than 17£ per fodder, for when it was the German Mines open'd and undersold us considerably, I don't believe you are of his Lordship's opinion, or will consider his information on the subject very accurate. I beg my comp'ts to Mrs. Collingwood I remain Dear Sir Very sincerely yr. most obedt. Diana Beaumont In whatever manner you and Mr. Ebdon will judge is the best method to settle Mr. Newton's accounts I am sure will be approved of by Col. Beaumont and myself.