Letter – Henry Richmond to John Bell – 24 Feb 1764

Document Type: Letter
Date: 24 Feb 1764
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: John Bell
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/3
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To Mr John Bell at Mr Rich[ard] Ellis’s                                      Newcas[tle]   24 Febry   1764

In Hexham

Sir      I am sorry  that Allendale petty tithes cannot be at the old Rent of £100 a year. I do not see any reason for it except the Scarcity of Fodder last Spring has lessened the number of lambs, calves etc. But tho[ugh] the old Tithes may have suffered by that calamity there is now a better prospect for new ones. Seven pounds a year is a great abatement, without any assignable

 Cause ; & therefore, unless you are satisfied that the ninety three pounds is as much as these tithes are likely to be worth I should think it right for Sir W[alte]r to draw them : if you can procure him proper Agents for the purpose ; especially as you seem to suspect that there is a kind of confederacy among the people about Allendale not to bid for these tithes : to the end that they may have them the cheaper. But as to this matter, Mr Ellis & you together can tell very well what judgement to make; & Sir W[alte]r Blackett I dare say will readily acquiesce in what you shall think best to be done. With my complim[en]ts to Mr Ellis. I am he          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