Letter – Isaac Hunter to John Erasmus Blackett – 6 Jun 1780

Document Type: Letter
Date: 6 Jun 1780
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
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J.E. Blackett Esqr  N.Castle 				Dukesf[iel]d 6th June 1780


Inclosed you have the Month Acco'ts for the several Mills by w[hi]ch you'll see that we get but poorly forward w[i]th the Lead Carriage from Rookhope & Allanheads Mills, f[ro]m Dukesf[iel]d we do pritty well, for including this Morn[in]g have delivered better than 10 Thousand p[iece]s of Com[m]on Lead, and am not affraid but we shall clear the Mill before mid-summer of all the Com[m]on & Refined Lead. I do not know what to think of the Rookhope for the Carriage reather decreases then increases when there last week, as for Allanh[ea]ds I do not doubt but we shall send all the Com[m]on Lead that's at her to Blaydon against the latter end of Aug't. We begin to find the affect of the Pays not being in the Rookhope Carriage, tho' I hope in case you have it in your Power to make the Mills Pay when you make the Mines Pays in will brisken our L[ea]d Carriage therefor by that you would put the Mines pays a little reather then make them separate for I am sure that it will damp the Lead Carriage so much once it's known that the Mills Pay is not to be w[it]h the Mines that we shall not be able to get the Rookhope Lead to Markett this Year - shall be able to judge better against the 19th inst. w[hi]ch I understand is the day that the Grove Stewards goes down for the Lent M[one]y when I hope it will be convenient to let me have 200 or 150£ for Subsistance for the Smelt Mills & Refinery, and shall then acquaint you more fully in regard to the Carriage and whether we shall be able to send the quantity against the latter end of Aug't that I named in my last

I am Sir Yrs &c I.H.

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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