letter – Isaac Hunter to John Erasmus Blackett – 28 Nov 1787

Document Type: letter
Date: 28 Nov 1787
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
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Dukesf[iel]d: 28th Nov'r 1787


      The quantity of Test Bottoms at this Mill could not be wought up here (with the present convinience) in less time then half an year w[hi]ch would increase the Gray Slags much as they must be wrought at the Slag H[ear]th. I have below made a calculation what Qant[ity] it will take of them according to the Tryal before made w[i]th the exp[en]ces charging the Test Bottoms at 4£ per Ton that you may judge f'm the price of Lead & the likelyness of it's  continunce whether it would be most advisable for to abate of the 4£ or not; f'm the present state of the Mines there's little fear of this Mill wanting Ore & to get both the Gray Slags & Test Bottoms to markett next year cannot be don w[i]thout converting one of the Ore H[ear]th into a Slag H[ear]th

                                             £  s  d

To Test Bottoms to make 1 Foth[er] of Lead 

     4 Ton @ 4£ per ton                     16  -  - 

To Exp[en]ces of Working the above & Fuel    2  9  4

To Carriage f'm Dukesfield to Blaydon

     of the above Lead                         11  1

                                            19  -  5 

NB  The Last Assay that I made of the Test Bottoms Lead yielded 11 oz of Silver to the Foth[er]

Recipient un-named but would appear to have been JEB, as the content follows on the previous letter in this series.

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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