Letter – Isaac & John Wilkinson to John Erasmus Blackett – 4 Sep 1793

Document Type: Letter
Date: 4 Sep 1793
Correspondent: Isaac & John Wilkinson
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
Archive Source: WYAS BEA C3 B16 7
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Chesterfield 4th Septr. 1793	


      We took the liberty to write to you about six weeks ago, to request the State of the Lead Market at Newcastle, but presume you was at that Time from Home, as we have not been favoured with an Answer.

      We beg leave to transmit you the Resolutions pass’d at our half yearly Meeting at Matlock the 2d Instant & which shews there is no selling with us at present, it would give us pleasure to hear from you & remain respectfully

      Sir Yr. most obdt. Servts

      Isaac & Jno. Wilkinson

[on verso:]

Matlock Bath 2 Septr. 1793

At a Meeting held here this Day of the Miners, Smelters, & Lead Holders of the County of Derby, the following Resolutions were agreed upon. __

First, In Consequence of the Stagnation of Trade occasioned by the Disturbances on the Continent, it was unanimously agreed, to avoid as much as possible the working of the Lead Mines for the present. 

Second, There being no demand for Lead we find it impossible to fix a price; but as working the Lead Mines of this Country, for several Years past, hath been in general attended with Loss; each Member of this Society agrees to use his Endeavour to avoid as much as may be lowering the price. __

Third, That it is the duty of the Miners & Smelters of Lead Ore in England & Wales, to make Inquiry as to what Lead may be yearly exported from Scotland, from such Mines as Ship their Lead Duty free. __

John Barker Esqr.

In the Chair
Recipient not stated but given the existence of other correspondence at around this time between JEB and the Wilkinsons on the state of the lead trade it is probably that it was addressed to him

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