Letter – Isaac Hunter to John Erasmus Blackett – 25 Oct 1794

Document Type: Letter
Date: 25 Oct 1794
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 208
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Dukesfield 25th October 1794


Yours of the 23rd I rec’d yesterday and shall attend to the contents as to forwarding the Lead to Markett by every means practicable at this season have wrote to Mr Emerson to know how the East Carriage men are affected, whether they will continue to take it f’m the Bankfoot as long as we can get it there; w[hi]ch I think they ought to do, from the indulgence they have; we are sending refined lead as it’s made, and the Refiners does not less a Day. There’s more Ore at the Mills than can be smelted before the spring except Allanheads and if the Winter should be frosty even there. I cannot form any certain Idea what quantity will be wanting to kepp the Refinery at Blaydon working till the Carriage start in the Spring, not knowing what they work in the week or the sorts of Lead now upon the Roads; but should suppose that whats on the Roads of Refinable Lead and will be taken f’m Rookhope this latter end of the season will keep Her going till the Carriage start in the Spring.

	Isaac shall return once the Carriage stops when if my health would permit me to do the business he should remain; which I now fear for since my last lre to you have been at Hexham and tho’ in a Carriage the effects of the journey I felt for several days, but may be grown too timorous, which time may remove on the 17th of Nov[embe]r I hope to be able to come down for the Subsistance M[one]y (w[hi]ch must be £200 or 150 at of least) when we can talk the matter over in regard to Isaac. Your friendship respecting which I must ever remember wth respect & gratitude. I am

	Sir your mo Obliged and Hble  servt   Isaac 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