Letter – Isaac Hunter to Robert Mulcaster – 7 May 1779

Document Type: Letter
Date: 7 May 1779
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Recipient: Robert Mulcaster
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Mr. Mulcaster, Blaydon				Dukesf[iel]d: 7th May 1779


D'r S'r

Not hearing from Mr Morrow since I last saw you makes me thus trouble you to desire that you'll let me know the quantity rec'd of S[i]r Thos Blackett's Rookhope L[ea]d of each sort, Mr Morrow in the Acco'ts I last had fr[o]m him makes 9568 11 st. p[iece]s & 10,998 p[iece]s w[hi]ch is 16 p[iece]s more then the Mill acco't of the 11 stone Lead and

23 p[iece]s short of the Mill of the 8 stone p[iece]s so that the difference in point of weight  is but trifling w[hi]ch makes me think he has made a mistake between the 8 & 11 st. p[ieces]. I hope he has been able to get to N.C before this. As the Lead Carriage from the Bankf[oo]t will begin on Monday shall be obliged to you if you'll give me a line how he goes on for I'm afraid as he has lost his Gd.son that the carriage will be neglected. The Coalcleugh Ore smelted at Rookhope Mill Mr Smith has marked with a L not joined to the WB as the other L Lead f[ro]m that Mill is mark'd w[hi]ch is all the difference for you to know it f[ro]m the Slit L[ea]d. I have order'd the Slag Lead made f[ro]m that Ore to be marked with a C. as it will be worth refining for I suppose you do not refine the L. slag from Rookhope

If you should want working lead there's a cart of the Dukesf[iel]d X at the Bankf[oo]t w[hi]ch Mr Morrow should order the Carriagemen to bring you first to keep you going till the Rookhope L be got down.  

I am yrs &c I.H.jr
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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