Letter – Henry Richmond to William Dalton – 27 Aug 1763

Document Type: Letter
Date: 27 Aug 1763
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: William Dalton
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/2
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To Mr Wm. Dalton at Blaydon                                                      Newcastle 27th August 1763


Sir/ Mr Renaldson having told me this moment of the sinking of piles of Lead upon L[or]d Widdrington’s  Key about 4 feet; it has made me very uneasy & very apprehensive of the consequences; the expence of shifting the Lead & all the inconvenience that can attend the doing it; is very trifling compared with the loss that will fall upon Sir Walter Blackett & the blame that will upon every one concerned if the Key should give way & the Lead fall into the river & therefore as the Lead is weighed to you I desire you will not neglect to do what you think is safest without loss of time. P.S. I shall be so engaged Monday & Tuesday that I cannot possibly come up but my coming is not necessary for you and Mr Renaldson can judge better as you know the Key, than I can do if I was to spend a week with you. 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