letter – Isaac Hunter to John Erasmus Blackett – 12 Nov 1792

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Date: 12 Nov 1792
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
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J. E Blackett Esqr                     				Dukesfield 12th Nov'r 1792

      You may be assured that no opportunity shall be lostd in getting all the Lead to Markett that I possibly can though fear with all the exertions that the quantity will be small, these few fine days has made all very busy to get the seed into the Ground and till that's don not a Carriagemen can be got at any price, but hope if this Weather continue that we shall be able to send a little more from this Mill; their Horses are Wrought dow so low from the badness of the Roads &c that 4 cannot now do the work of 2 so that if we were to advance the price the quantity that could be got down would be but small & if the spring should be favourable they would not move w[i]thout the same price; if what's upon the Roads & the little matter we may send from heare would compleat your Sales would you to trust to the Spring reather then advance the price now there's 7400 p[iece]s 11 & 12 Sto Lead & 8670 of 8 Sto Lead  upon the Roads on the 3 inst. The wet Weather has maid us short of peat Coal & Cinders so that all the Carts that we can at this season rase will do little more then keep the Mill & Refinery going The Dam Races &c we have secured here & at Rookhope, but not the whole at Allanheads but expect this week will finish that, the Rains hindred us greatly by keeping the Burns allways high which added much to the Expence for there was no trusting to the Weather taking up; least another Flood should have swept the whole away & stoped the Works. 

      Youll Recieve a Plate of Silver by the Tuesday's Carriers & also a brace of Partredges & Gray Plover which you'll please to accept.   

      I am Sir Your mo Humble Servt  I H

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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