Letter – Henry Richmond to John Westgarth – 2 May 1774

Document Type: Letter
Date: 2 May 1774
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: John Westgarth
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/3
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John Westgarth Esqr at Unthank                                                            Newcas  2d May 1774

         near Stanhope in Weardale


	I have the favour of your Letter of the 27th alto saying you are at a Loss to make proposals for a Tack of a Lead mine as you do not know Sr Wr Blacketts Terms for Duty etc - I also have your Lre to Sr Walter on this subject which he desires me to answer:  I cannot answer these Lres better than by referring you to my Lre of 17th May 1769 wherein I told you that Sir Walter did not approve of letting by the Method you then proposed and which I find you still adhere to, of your paying a Duty, He chuses having Lead Mills and Servants skilful in Smelting to reserve all the Ore giving all reasonable Encouragement to the Adventurer as to price by the Bing.  If you incline to this Method you will please to let me hear from you and then I shall tell you further particulars - P.S.  The taking a Duty in one instance is not to be drawn into a precedent for any other                                    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