Letter – Henry Richmond to Isaac Hunter – 10 Oct 1766

Document Type: Letter
Date: 10 Oct 1766
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: Isaac Hunter
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/3
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To Mr Isaac Hunter at Dukesfield                                  Newcas[tle] 10 Octo[be]r 1766

Sir         I have received by the Hexham carrier a box containing two pieces of silver from your refinery; one of them weighs four hundred and forty two ounces and the other three hundred & eighty one ounces. I am very sorry you have not been able to get the Allanheads Lead away this year, if other people were advancing their prices we should have done so too if I had known it. Pray what is Mr Harrison about that he has not sent me his Aug[u]st acco[un]t yet. I would not have any more lead delivered from that mill, any more than Allanheads. As to what shall be delivered after this from Dukesfield Mill you must take care to see it does not lye & not to deliver faster than Mr Reynaldson can get it away, that we may have the ways as clear as possible this winter. P.S. The waste is very great by your new furnace; I hope it is only owing to the newness of it and that the next piece will answer better. If you find any of the lead refined made at your new furnace you should contrive to let Mr Mulcaster understand the marks that he may not melt it once again; as he is obliged to do all that was made at the hearth. I am etc    HR

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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