Letter – Isaac Hunter to John Erasmus Blackett – 10 Jul 1779

Document Type: Letter
Date: 10 Jul 1779
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
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J.E.Blackett Esq, Newcastle				Dukesf[iel]d: 10th July 1779



Inclosed you have July month Acco'ts by wh[ic]h you'll see there's better than 12 thousand p[iece]s of Lead at the several mills ready for Blaydon - once the weather takes up shall start the Lead Carriage f[ro]m this Mill as all the Lead deliv[ere]d f[ro]m her is got in except one piece, I'm in daily expectation of hearing that all the Lead of the other two Mills are also got off the Roads.

The Smelt Mills Pay not coming now as expected has caused a general murmur & clamour through the whole country, the Landlords and other C[reditor]s of the Ore Carriers, Workmen &c are grown quite impatient, that I'm afraid that many of them (i.e. Carriers & Workmen)  will be greatly distress'd. I should be glad to hear in a Post or two that you have

fix'd the Pay, (tho' it should be further distant then you would wish) as that being known would (I hope) prevent several Families f[ro]m being distressed & any future prejudice to Sir Thos Blackett's Lead Works.    

I'm Sir Yr H[um]ble Serv[an]t

I Hunter

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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