Letter – Henry Richmond to Isaac Hunter – 5 Sep 1769

Document Type: Letter
Date: 5 Sep 1769
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: Isaac Hunter
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/3
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To Mr Isaac Hunter at Dukesfield                                                       Newca[stle] 5 Septemr 1769

I desire you will give directions that the Lead of the Langtihead ore be marked O & that you will let me know the Name of the Smelter at Rookhope Mill whose Lead is stamped with C – for it is all lighter than any other Lead Sir Wr has, not a pig of it weighing Eleven stone. Pray let Mr Harrison know that this is taken Notice of and that he is thought blameable for it. I should be glad to have an Acco[un]t of the marks put on the Lead at each Mill, to distinguish the sorts of Lead; because there may now be occasion to vary some of them & I cannot say that I remember them all perfectly.

Notwithstanding what I have frequently desired, the Mill Clerks are far from being punctual with their Monthly Acco[un]ts from Rookhope & Allanheads Mill; especially the latter, from whom I have not yet received either June or July Acco[un]t & from the former I have not got the July Acco[un]t. I have Complained of this so often, in vain, that I must now desire you will make it a Rule in your Monthly Visits to get them made up & send me them yourself within a fortnight after the End of the Month

P.S. I desire you will forward the Letters, inclosed herewith, by the first safe opportunity. 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