Letter – Henry Richmond to Walter Blackett – 1 Feb 1764

Document Type: Letter
Date: 1 Feb 1764
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: Walter Blackett
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/3
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To Sir W[alte]r Blackett Bt. MP in                                                          Newcastle 1 Febry   1764

Halfmoon Street Picadilly London 

Hon[ou]rd Sir.   My Bro[the]r tells me Ald[erma]n Simpson will let you have a thousand pounds at 4 & q[uarter] p[er]C[en]t &  inclosed is a bond for it, which if you please to execute, & return, I will receive the money & charge it in my Cash acco[un]t & apply it as you direct. I have not yet heard any thing from Dr Sharp abo[u]t Whitley Chapel, so cannot judge what is right to be done about the purchase you intend. I am sorry your good intentions should ever want means for their Execution, but I cannot yet sell Lead ! & tho[ugh], as I mentioned before, I can, without this £1000, go on in subsisting the mines & making the ordinary paym[en]ts for about two months ; yet if I do not get 5 or 6000  p[iece]s lead by the beginning of March & that is a contingency you are sensible, your affairs will be in a worse situation than I ever knew them, Except you can borrow about £ 5000 for the time will they come on a pace for the Mills pay, wch will come to above £3000 I dare say & must be made of latter End of April.

The Scarcity that makes the present time unfavourable for selling Estates makes it also disadvantageous for borrowing money. But if you should think of mortgaging Ord, it will probably be best done in London; where money is much easier to be with I believe than here.

As to the £5000 w[hi[ch you have upon the Trust Estate. Do not know how it is to be come at but by selling Woodcroft & Dotland Park at a proper time; the former is let at £90 a year & up at £107.  as Mr Darwin has y[ou]r Writings of these Estates he can judge whether a distinct independent Title can be made out for them.

With respect to the importing Champagne in French bottles & the other articles.  I will inquire & write what I learn in a post or two.

I rejoice at your good health & heartily wish you a long continuance of it. I am he.      HR 

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