Letter – Henry Richmond to Isaac Hunter – 2 Sep 1770

Document Type: Letter
Date: 2 Sep 1770
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: Isaac Hunter
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/3
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To  Mr Isaac Hunter at Dukesfield                                         Newcas.   2nd   Sept 1770

Sir      I am glad you have got the Lead away from Allanheads Mill; & commend your diligence in hastening it & the other Lead along the road: the Weather and roads are now good & we must not lose any time, & I think, as Mr Reynaldson is now exerting himself in his department we shall not fail of getting the Lead to Markett, that I have sold & I hope a good Stock more.

   What you propose of smelting 1000 ps. of Lead from the Killhope Ore & sending them to Blaydon, I agree to, as all the other refineable Lead will probably not be sufficient Employment for the Refiners at Blaydon till next Spring.  P.S. I find the Lead marked RWB is refineable: therefore I desire you will let Assays be made of the several Sorts of ore it is composed of and send them to me to examine; to the End that if any of the Sorts of Ore are poorer than the rest they may be smelted by themselves. - 

  And I desire that for the future frequent Assays may be made of all the ores & the Assays sent down to me by the Post.                   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