Letter – Isaac Hunter to Thomas Smith – 13 Dec 1778

Document Type: Letter
Date: 13 Dec 1778
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Recipient: Thomas Smith
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Mr Thos. Smith Rookhope					Dukesfield 13th. Decr. 1778


      When I come to reflect upon the Accot. you gave me yesterday in regard to the New Bellows, cannot help thinking it a matter of more consequence then the discharge of a Smelter as (by your Letter) that seems to be your only desire, I cannot help saying that it was a falt in you to leave the Mill while they were Smelting & I hope it will be a caution to you for the future never to leave the Mill while [struck out: ‘Smelting’] Working (except on particular occasions) for it appears to be sumthing like <..eng> the Mill; I’m convinced we have some Treacherous & deceitfull People at that Mill that would do any thing in their power to injury of the Agents; & that should make us very cautious in the management of Mill – that we may get all the light now in our Power into the misconduct on Saturday last, I desire that you’ll go over on the rect. of this and Lock up the Mill & let no Body come into her till I come over (wch I would have don tomorrow but am obligd to be at N. Castle) on Thursday Morn as then shall bring Bowman wth me to examine the Bellows &c  I am

      Sir yrs sincerely

      I Hunter 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