Letter – Isaac Hunter to John Erasmus Blackett – 29 May 1781

Document Type: Letter
Date: 29 May 1781
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
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J.E.Blackett Esqr. Newcastle				Dukesf[iel]d 29th May 1781


I thought it was proper to acquaint you that there’s a great Clamour made on account of the Pays w[hi]ch increase daily, and I realy doubt if there’s not a stop put to it by fixing them, that Sir Tho[ma]s Blackett’s Lead Works will be greatly retarded and prejudiced; I’m convinced that if the Carriers could get  other work that the greatest part of them would leave us even now and that next Y[ea]r we should only get the out casts or be last sarved; the hopes of the Pay being before Old May was out got us briskly forward and w[i]th the Carriage this Spring. – If You could make the Pays against Midsummer have not a doubt but it would remove all complaints and establish the Credit of the Pays: however I wish you could name a time (tho the further distant) when they will be as it will not only disappoint the Malicious who endeavours to increase the clamour of the Country by insinuating that they will not be before next May, but ad greatly to the credit of the Workmen &c as Corn is got very High in the Marketts here and if Farmers will not give Cr[edit] without the day of payment is named

You’ll excuse this freedom for it proceeds wholly f[ro]m an Need for the prosperity of the S[ai]d Work[er]s.  I am

w[i]th due deference Y[ou]r Obliged & H[um]ble Serv[an]t


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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