Letter – Henry Richmond to Isaac Hunter – 3 Apr 1764

Document Type: Letter
Date: 3 Apr 1764
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: Isaac Hunter
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/3
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To Mr Isaac Hunter                                                            Newcas[tle]  3rd April 1764

at Dukesfield 

Sir    I do not see how you can well make the Mill pay, till at least that part of the Rookhope Lead, which the carriers undertook to bring quite through, is actually brought to Blaydon. The whole quantity of Rookhope Lead that is wanting is 1874 p[iece]s. So that if even we were to pile the 1000 p[iece]s that were to be taken from the carriers at Apperley ; still the remainder, to wit 874 p[iece]s must be brought in before you can reckon with them that have it, as they are bound to deliver it at Blaydon. I shall see Mr Reynaldson this Week, and will desire him to send you an acco[un]t of what he has received from each of these carriers ; that by comparing it with Mr Harrison’s delivery to them you may be the better enabled to judge where the said 874 p[iece]s lye. And you will I dare say apply to them earnestly to bring it in, informing them that if they do not deliver it at Blaydon before the pay you cannot at all reckon with them, & that besides they will be made to answer for what they took up at the Mill and have not delivered at Blaydon. As to John Lidell, who has lost three of the p[iece]s he took up, Sir Walter orders that you deduct 3 guin[ea]s from his earnings. Which 3 Guin[ea]s you are to make yourself D[ebto]r for in your general acco[un]ts, as that is a better Way than deducting it from your Qua[ker]s Acco[un]ts. I find the Quakers Co have already got some of their Lead from Jobling & Yard.

Pray tell Mr Salkeld that he has not yet sent me any Acco[un]ts of the produce ( of Dukesfield Mill) last year ; which the other Clerks have done.  I am he etc                               H R 

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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