Letter – Isaac Hunter to Robert Mulcaster – 21 Feb 1780

Document Type: Letter
Date: 21 Feb 1780
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Recipient: Robert Mulcaster
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Mr Mulcaster, Blaydon                           		Dukesf[iel]d 21st Feb'y 1780


Both yours I rec'd in due course and should have answ'd your last sooner, but expected to have got Rookhope Acco't that you might find in who's hands that Lead wanting are in; but on second thought, think it will be as well to send Mr Smith down - the quantity deliv[ere]d f[ro]m Rookhope last yr of Eleven sto[ne] p[iece]s 8,261, Eight sto[ne] 11,229 w[hic]h makes 358 of the former & 2586 of the latter went at Blaydon by your Rec't.

I think it will be as well to refer making the east hand Carriage pay till we see whether the 13 p[iece]s wanting can be made out, for I am as much persuaded as you possible can be that they are not in the hands of the West Carriers; I would hope that they are not lost, and the quantity is too great to be hid among the mud at the Bankfoot; I reather think they have been hid or cast out of the way through spite one to another of those who had Lead laid off to load out with after they got up Hedley Bank. last Spring we wanted 34 p[iece]s w[hi]ch the West Carriers got the blam off, tho I was as confident then as now that there was not a Pig of it in their hands (i.e. the D[ukes]f[ield] Leaders I would not say as much for Allanh[ea]ds as its goes many ways) and it was found among the Rookhope Lead as I recollect; may not the same happen this? however I think we had as well not pay the East Carriage till we be fully convinced that the lead wanting <cannot> be made out, I have wrote Mr Blackett to that effect, I wish we could for the time to come hit off some method that will remove the complaint by making those that takes it f[ro]m the Mills accountable the whole road as Rookhope.    I am w[it]h Compl[imen]ts &c 


I approve of the Form of the L[ea]d & Back carriage pay Bill and think is much better both for the Leaders and those concernd to have the whole paid together

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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