Letter – Edward Blackett to William Lowes – 26 Dec 1709

Document Type: Letter
Date: 26 Dec 1709
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: William Lowes
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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 Honest Will                            						Dec  26 1709 

      By the last post I Recd yrs of the 17.  I can in much less time have a Letr from Holland than than most of the Letrs I have from you, I must own am still in greater & greater Admiration how yr Disbursements should come to the <Tenth> part of what you write me, seeing you had no houses to build, and as for the <Water> charge told you I would be at as little Expense as possibly could, and had much rather loose a small matter of <Growth> than be constantly at a yearly expense, the last year when the mill, mill houses & dams were made good and discharg’d, you told me there would be little or no charge hereafter, except for felling and pilling of wood, wch I do not look upon to be any charge but an Advantage

      You need not come to Newby till after the  Sessions  I would not have you come such a journey till the ways be much better & the Days much longer for you may pay the Remainder of the whole Year’s Rent at Fallowfield Pay which will not be so soon as I expected, however I believe Jacob may have Occasion for a good Sume of Money before the Pay.

      I am sorry you have no better hopes of Mr Ridley’s Lead Mine but you are much mistaken in saying they never came to any Oar for he gave me a piece himself when I was last at Newcastle which they sent him from that place,  As for George Dodd being in Morpeth Gaol for Debt, Am sorry for the poor man tho’ I can loose nothing by him, for you know he has an <Ancient tene[me]nt> of land, when he came last to Newby it was to Acqt me that he and some others had found out a very hopeful Vein of Oar in that Lordship, and would very gladly have taken a tack note,  I told him they were not able to manage such a Concern, for I would not let them one tho he told me some of his partn’s  were able to spend £100 and more & do them no harm, I intend in the Spring to send some people of Judgement from Fallowfield to view it, and if they judge it hopefull shall sett on people to make a tryall, I perceive Dodd had two Workpeople to work there for some time and had very great Encouragement.   upon the Rect of this Lettr let me hear from you and constantly once in 14 days and the price <   >of all <produce> of Corn with you      I am 

William Lowes  Willimontswick

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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