Letter – Isaac Hunter to Thomas Smith – 14 Jul 1777

Document Type: Letter
Date: 14 Jul 1777
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Recipient: Thomas Smith
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      Dukesf’d. 14 July 1777

Mr Thos. Smith Rookhope Mill

Dr Sir

      Seeing Thos. Purvis pass by here this evening between 4 & 5 O’Clock from getting his Week’s Work, has made me take the following resolutions (for I have long thought of the impropriety in suffering the smelters to do in 2 ½ Days what should have taken 5) which I desire that you’ll take care to have fully performed, that none stand longer at a shift then 6 or 7 Hours (ie) they change regularly at each Hearth every 6 Hours and that there may be the same No. (of smelters) at each Hearth. You may set on Mr Dixon & Bell the server till all Sir Jno Trevelyan’s ore be smelted, but you must tell them when you set them on that they will have to turn of[f] them that they may not think it a hardship when the time comes to quit – I do suppose that they will find it difficult to get all their Work as above, but they may follow in a little closer (ie) not let the Hearth be so long off at Nights, for they cannot well make hot Lead without being very negligent, and you must when you see a Hearth making too hot Lead make them draw her immediately  - set Collingwood to serve the Slag Hearth while Bells at the Ore Hearth

      & am Yrs &c   IH:Jr

PS pray have the things that will be wanted for this year at the mill from Newcastle set down against I come next week – hasten those Wainmen that has Lead in their hands to get it to Blaydon.

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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