Letter – Isaac Hunter to John Erasmus Blackett – 23 Feb 1777

Document Type: Letter
Date: 23 Feb 1777
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
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      Dukesf’d.  23rd Feb 1777

J. E. Blackett Esq Newcastle


      I have sent an Inventory of all the stock &c at each Mill as correct as the Weather would allow for. there was so much snow at Allanhds & Rookhope Mills that I could not examine the stock of Lead with the accots. tho I hope it will be right at them both for the Clerks says that they try’d the stock & their accot. of smelting before the snow fell & that they were then right. I took the dimensions of the Building at Rookhope as I could not make out the charge by the mill accots (which from the best inteligence I can come at was Built 40 yrs ago) and has computed from that what they might cost & the same for the Coal & Cinder Ho[use] at Allanheads. shall be in town this week & can then make what alteration you shoose to have – should like then to consult you as to the propriety of applying to Sr Thos &c

      Will it be necessary for Mr Salkeld, his son & two more Freemen (thats in this neighbourhood) who I think I could get to be sent to town at the Election? 

I am with real sorrow

      Sir, Yrs &c   IH:Jr
Sir Walter Calverley Blackett had just died, to be succeeded by Sir Thomas Wentworth, who duly took the surname Blackett. This required an inventory to be made of all the business assets for inheritance purposes.

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