Letter – Henry Richmond to Isaac Hunter – 26 Jul 1762

Document Type: Letter
Date: 26 Jul 1762
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: Isaac Hunter
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/2
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To Mr Isaac Hunter at Dukesfield				Newcastle 26th July 1762

Sir/ I am very glad to find that the [lead] comes so fast away fm Rookhope Mill at 8s.4d p[er] ten pieces. I wo[ul]d have them proceed till they get the length of ten thous[an]d p[iece]s; only let me know as soon as you can where the Dukesf[iel]d & other Tenants are likely to pay their rents by this Carriage. They sho[ul]d be urged to carry as much of the Lead as possible, as we have no thoughts at present of moving the Dukesf[iel]d Lead. The bringing so much Rookhope Lead the new way & so much of Weardale oar to Dukesfield mill will I hope teach Mr Parker & his Confederates that they have not such a property in Rookhope L[ea]d as they imagine & that the higher they raise the price of the carriage the less they will have of it to carry, & consequently that both the Landlords & Tenants on the Old Road will be sufferers by their Impositions & attempts to stop up the Lead way by Winter House & Millshields. P.S. I desire you will send down 2 <pods> of the HL, or great Slitt Lead to Mr Dalton as soon as you can. I hope the common, slag & waste lead ore are sent fm Rookhope mill first, as was mention’d at Weardale pay. 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