Letter – Isaac Hunter to John Erasmus Blackett – 22 Feb 1780

Document Type: Letter
Date: 22 Feb 1780
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
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J.E. Blackett  Esqr N.Castle				Dukesf[iel]d 22d Feb'y 1780

I find by Mr Mulcaster's rec't at Blaydon that there's 13 p[iece]s of the Dukesf[iel]d & Allanh[ea]ds Lead short of these Mills deliv[er]y for last year and he tells me that you have some thoughts of paying the Carriage f[ro]m the Bankfoot of that Lead the latter end of this month. I think it will be as well to refer paying that Carriage till we be fully convinced that the s[ai]d Lead cannot be found; it's too much (I would hope) to be either stolen or lost on the Roads and would reather suppose that (as it's not to be found in the hands of the Wainmen) that it has been tost into some out of the way place by some of them out of malice one to another; as they were allowed to unload some at the top of the Bank, and their not being paid till it's some how or other made out will make them all intrested in finding it. The severity of the Weather has hindered both Smelting & Refining this Winter much, so that it will be a Month before we will be able to send you a Plate of Silver (for I expect the Refinery will not be again hindered) and at the same time I shall bring you the Q[arterl]y Gen[era]l & Month Acco'ts and will be obliged to trouble you for Subsistance M[one]y and hope the Lead now on the Roads will be all got in or some how made out. 

I am yrs &c 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