Letter – Diana Beaumont to Mark Skelton – 22 Jun 1795

Document Type: Letter
Date: 22 Jun 1795
Correspondent: Diana Beaumont
Recipient: Mark Skelton
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								Tynemouth  June 22nd  1795 –

Dear Sir,

Col: Beaumont was only able to stay with me one Day after his return from Yorkshire, & I fear it will be some Days before he will have it in his power to leave Morpeth, & probably so much engaged that he may not have time to inform you of a conversation I had with Mr. John Surtees in the Colonels absence respecting the Bank, it began by my Explaining to him that Col: Beaumont’s Land Agent here was also Agent to Mr. Bosville & transacted his Business w[i]th the other Bank w[hic]h occasioned the Mistake on their part, he said they were certainly hurt at the time as the other Bank w[oul]d think it strange; but he was sorry that Mr. Burdon had troubled us with the Complaint, we then conversed on the Subject of the Division of Hammersleys House, & I asked him the Question if Col: B – should make any changes what their House w[oul]d be willing to allow; I told him this was merely conversation at present, he said Col: Beaumonts affairs in this Country were certainly a great Object & they would step forward in a Manner they would not do to any other person, & conceived it w[oul]d be infinitely more convenient to Col: B. to have his Affairs transacted here (that of course he would say), & he appeared to hint that they would allow 3 pr Cent for all Money in their Hands & 5 pr Cent for Money when advanced, & as I understood for them to find Cash for Pays &c, he said Sir Rd. Glynn & Co (their Bankers) would do everything we required in London the same as Mr. Hammersley’s, & on the Account of their Bank, he said Mr. Burdon would be at Newcastle the first of July, & as they could do nothing without consulting together, if Col: Beaumont chose after that time to have conversation with them they would be prepared to answer; Col: B. inform’d me you would make Enquiries at Hull respecting a Bank that would allow 5 pr Cent for Money laying in their Hands in the Manner his does, I should greatly fear no good firm would hold out those terms, in your Answer to Col: B. pray say what you think of what I have above Named & if you think it w[oul]d be advisable, we certainly have found that Money being sent from London is troublesome & expensive & independant of that Conversation I fear when the division <is> taken place Hammersley will not have <strength> suff[icien]t & Col: B might easily <excuse his ta… his Money until then or be found it would> be more convenient for him to have his Money at Newcastle w[hic]h would give no Offence to either Party – 

[In Col. Beaumont’s hand:] Since Mrs. Beaumont wrote this, I got yours, and have desired her to explain some things, and let me have your Ans[we]r – 

[D.B. resumes as follows:] June 29th – Col: Beaumont has this Morng left me, he has shown me yr. Letter respecg. the Banks & desires I will send what I had before written supposing Col: B can find a Bank that will give & take 5 pr Cent & he pay all expenses accordg. to yr. Letter with 2 pr Ct on Payment will that be more advantageous than Burdon & Surtees allowing 3 per Ct & recg. 5 pr Ct. & to charge no expenses; he has not seen Burdon & Co. & will not till he receives your answer, it certainly w[oul]d be more advantageous to have his Business transactions here; I had much Conversation with Mr. C. Blackett last Week, he says Mr. Blackett ought to ask for the Bills immediately of the Lead buyers & <not> let them remain for some Months before he demands [word missing] then we could not be <losers> as by Dr. Hall, & those Bills [word missing] deposited in the Banks we deal with; I shall Name this & many other things to-morrow at Newcastle to Mr. Blackett for Col: Beaumont is so much Engaged with his Reg[iment]t he has not had time to attend to his private concerns here & is much hurried at this time for he goes to his Encampment on Wednesday it is only 6 Miles from Tynemouth, Mr. Carr the Clergyman still receives the 5s for each Miner, I shall endeavour to settle that, for the Miners complain of it, Nothing I find is done respecting Mr. Foster of Allenheads, he has taken a Farm of 300£ per Ann: & is now in possession, he must attend to both, Mr. Blackett I am inform’d thinks of fixing Mr. Crawhall who is under Mr. Dickinson & Mr. Emmerson & it should be done soon. Young Foster drinks as hard as his Father, & has no conduct, he w[oul]d do to remain under Agent as he is; when the Weather is fine I am going to stay a Week at Allenheads & with Mr. Dickenson, & take Wentworth with me, Col: B. says they will not let him leave the Camp, but I find it really necessary one of us should go – I have conversed with some of the Agents respecg. a proper Person surveying all the Mines, & none appear to object, but say they wish it -  I will enquire about Mr. Stacpooles Papers at Newcastle, Col: B. took them to Mr. Blackett, when all is done respectg. them I will take care they shall be sent to you without loss of time; direct to Col: B. here. I conclude all is settled regarding the Rents as Col: B. has not Named the Subject to me – 

Yr. Obedt. Sert.

D. Beaumont

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