Letter – Isaac Hunter to Westgarth Forster – 7 May 1777

Document Type: Letter
Date: 7 May 1777
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Recipient: Westgarth Forster
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      Dukesf’d. 7th May 1777

Mr Forster Allanheads

Dr Sir

      I reced yours last night by Jno Ridley in regard to meeting Mr Hall at Aldstone on Saturday to settle the Ore Carriage. I do asure you if the meeting was within 20 yds of my own House, that I would not attend it, nor shall while in this office, ever rely anything upon Mr Hall’s agreements from the little trials I have already had of his abiding by them.

      The regulating the Carriage to and from the Mills is my province which I shall never give up either to an Hall or Bell (or indeed to anybody else) for the whole is a scheme of Bells & I am amazed to find that you should think of coming into it. to let their Carriers (who I know from experience would fly from us upon any emergency) have 2/3 better work than those who have always been at our call in time of need -  shall readily consult with you or any other of Sir Thos. Blacketts Mining Agents in regard to the improvement of the carriage &c but shall at the same time retain all the Powers of this Agence which I have maintained for 20 years upwards for Fath.r and self – I hope to see you soon & shall then tell you why I have said this much

      & am Yrs &c   IH: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