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Mr Blackett Dukesfield 29th Sept 1792 Att the meeting yesterday the Commitee & Surveyor produced a Plan & estimate of the intended Road pointing out the improvements to be made & the Expence of each which amounted on the whole to £6500 & 0d, its to go by Marley Hill, with a Branch to pont Burn . A Subscription was opened & £4000 subscribed (as on the other side) another meeting was fix'd on the 25th Octob'r at Wolsingham at which the Commitee are to acquaint the Meeting with the additional Subscriptions, being desired to apply by Lre [Letter] to those they thought wished the Road well, & the Subscribers then to settle the places for the Toll Gates and other clauses of the Bill & choose their Solicitor, which they may do by Lre [Letter] in proportion to the sum Sub[scribe]d none under £50 to vote. Mr Ornby of Darlington & Mr Peter Hunter of Durham are the Candidates there's not a doubt a Bill will be carried in to Parliment & if Mr Beaumont does not Subscribe at the next Meeting his Agents cannot with any propriety propose any clause to be inserted in the intended Act. That a good Road through that Country to Alstone will undoubtedly be a great advantage to the Country in geniral & to Mr B Works there, by provisions &c coming cheaper. The Trustees ought to be limeted in their Power in the Act, or the Road will be long of being finished for it appeared at the Meeting that several of the Gentlemen that attended were very shy in having it any further than the Chapel [St.John’s Chapel] & there's not more than 5 or 6 above Wolsingham thats qualified to be Commiss[ioner]s so that the whole of the Business will be directed by the Gentlemen on the other end of the Road that with out a provition in the Act be made for the other part between Wolsingham & Alston the Country will have the disadvantages of Pay Gates with out good Roads made as has ben the case of several Turnpikes. Mr Peter Hunter begs (in case Mr B Subscribes) that youll name him as a candidate for Solicitor hoping as acquantence of his Brother the Cap[tai]n whose now in India that he'll favour him with his Intrest. I am Sir yr mo Hble Servt IH To Jon Erasmus Blackett Esqr Newcastle R Fenwick for Mr Scafe 100 Mr Clavring 400 D[itt]o for Do Huntley 100 Revd Mr Dent 100 Do for Revd Mr Ellison 100 Mr Burdon 100 Do for H Swinburn 200 Mr Greenwell 100 Thos. Rowell 50 Mr Ornsby 100 Jos.e Watson 50 Mr Hardinge 200 Chris'r. Emerson 100 Revd Mr Wilson 100 Thos. Chapman Jun'r 50 Mr Harvey 200 Jno. Emerson 50 Mr Wren 100 Jno. Wallas 50 Mr Wilson 100 Alstone Moor 550 Mr Jackson & Smith 100 Mr Tweddell &c 300 Mr Dighton 100 Mr Curry 300 Mr Hall 100 Mr Wright 200
The transcript of the actual letter sent (original in NRO ZBL/208) based on this draft is also available, but because of slight textual differences and in the subscriptions this transcript of the draft is included here.