Letter – Edward Blackett to Matthew Featherstone – 1 Feb 1710

Document Type: Letter
Date: 1 Feb 1710
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: Matthew Featherstone
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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Sir        								Febry 1

      I Recd yrs of the 28.  I shall not by any means part with my Fifth in Lead for money there cannot be the least inconvenience or Trouble in it for I pay 1/5 of the Carriage, and 1/5 of the Rent of the Cellar, as also 1/5 of the Smelt charges & Porterage etc.  So I would gladly know where the least inconvenience can be in it.

      As for the Dead Wasts & Cuttings tis impossible for me to Sett a true Value on them, or you to bid a believable Consideration for Someone of Opinion that I may get a very considerable quantity of Lead out of them, but how they may prove no man living can tell, So I design immediately to Sett on as many people as possibly I can to Search to the very bottom of them all and tho’ a great many people be Employed twill take maybe years before they can possibly work thro’ them all carefully as they must do,  I do not design any of my Lead that’s made Either of my Slaggs or Wasts shall be put into the cellar or <shall give it a great mind to> lett it lye at Fallowfield till there be a Considerable quantity, and then shall Sell it before it come to Newcastle & and have it Weighed of upon the Key      I am Sir  yr humble Servt

To  Mr Featherston & Comp’y


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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