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

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

J.E. Blackett Esq. Newcastle


      I have here which sent you the smelt Mills Q.r Accots for March & June and also the Estimates of the several Wastes &c at both Mines & Mills which the Agents desired me to forward to you.

      I am afraid we shall not get all Sr. J[oh]ns Lead delivered in time for the Pay at Xmas the backerly harvest & late wet Weather has made the Wainmen slacken so much both at this & Rookhope Mill, that I doubt it will be some time before all Sr. Jno’s Lead be moved from that Mill, for when there on Saturday there was between 3 & 4 Thousand Ps.   I sent among the Carriage men on Monday & offered them a little advance of prices; what effect it will have shall acquaint you when in Town which I intend to be on Monday next for Subsistance Mo[ney] - shall come by Blaydon, so that I will be able to give you an accot. of the Lead upon the Ways – The Deliv.y of Sr. Jno’s Lead from this Mill = 28,236 Ps.. the last Accot I had from Mr Morrow was on the 2nd  inst. and he had recd. 25,684 Ps. we have to send from this Mill of Sr Jno’s 382 Ps. (of) 8 Sto. Lead which kept for this Ref[iner]y but our Ref[ine]r Laidley is very ill & I doubt will never work more, so obliges us to send it of which will make this plate a small one. The Refined Lead 620 Ps. & there may be near 200 Ps. more against the Silver is taken off which will be from the beginning of next week – have delivd. of Sir Thos. Blackett’s Lead 613 Ps., resting at the Mill 1632 Ps. so that if the Weather would stand good for a while could send you 3 thousand Ps. of his Lead (from this mill) this backend – Have finished at all the mills smelting for Sir John now, & shall acquaint you (when in town) of steps taken in regard of Valuing of Utensils &c

      & am Sr. with due deference Yrs &c   IH:Jr

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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