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2 Oct 1714 Sr I perceive by my Servt Mewburn that you have not as yet weigh’d off the 300 pieces of Lead, wch I am very sorry for by reason I have order’d the remainder of my Lead wch is at Newburn to be Brought into the Cellar, & wou’d not by any means have them mixt Soe I desire you’l doe me the Favour to weigh them off the beginning of the weeke – otherwise it will be a great disapointmt to me, I perceive Lead riseth both at Yorke & Hull, & [struck out: ‘very’] good demand for it, wch makes me wonder, it shou’d not doe the same, at Newcastle, I have only [struck out: ‘a small quantity’ and ‘but + or – 700 pieces’] abt 900 pieces at Newburn, & when that is sold, I believe shall have [struck out: ‘very little or’] noe more Lead to dispose of, in my time by reason the mines are so Extraordinary poor & noe likelihood of their mending, unless the undertakers woul’d be at much more Charge then I perceive they are willing to be at pray order your Servt to deliver the Inclosed to James Clark, who I have order’d as soon as your 300 pieces are weighed off – to weigh off the small remainder & soe clear the Cellar, w[ha]t the remainder is, I know is but a very small number of pieces so you may have them if you please weigh’d off if you please wth the 300 pieces I am Srs Your [struck out: ‘very’] Humble Servt For Mr Nicho: Fenwick & Compy Merchts In Newcastle
Nicholas Fenwick & Company were Merchants in Newcastle. Fenwick was admitted to the Merchant Adventurers Company in 1712. He was Mayor of Newcastle in 1726. At the 1727 British general election he was returned as Tory Member of Parliament for Newcastle-upon-Tyne alongside Sir William Blackett, and is possibly the man after whom Alderman Fenwick’s House on Pilgrim St in Newcastle is named.