letter – Isaac Hunter to Thomas Smith – 19 Apr 1787

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Date: 19 Apr 1787
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Recipient: Thomas Smith
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Mr Smith Rookhope Mill 				Dukesf[iel]d 19th April 1787

D[ea]r S[i]r

      On second thought I think it will be as well if you stop the Lead Carriage f[ro]m the Mill next week that the Carriers may get what they have in their hands to Bankfoot or Blaydon otherwise they will not be able to fulfill the Conditions. 

      Your leaving Dukesf[iel]d on Sunday morning before I came down stairs prevented my having some talk w[i]th you in regard to your L[ett]re of the 1st & what you said the night before – when you was here some time ago you talked a deal in the same stile which I then imputed to the effect of Liquor as you took no notice the next day but a repetition in the same way has the appearance of something premeditated & the other used as a Cloak. I therefore desire, that when ever you have complaints of Workmen or Works or impositions in Sir Tho[ma]s Blacketts Works under your inspection that you’ll do it in writing or officialy when I am surveying the Mill.

      As to what you say in your L[ett]re of being informed that a Person wants to take the Carriage f[ro]m you appears to me to be just the reverse; I shall only ad that my power in office shall not be given up: but with my Agentship – you’ll please to mind that none of the Draughts get any little Lead this year f[ro]m the Mill	   IH

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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