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Sandoe Dec. 12th. 1786. Dear Sir, Mr. Wood in his Letter to you of the 7th Inst. appears to suppose there is some Error in the Acc[oun]ts of Ore got at Bruntshieldhaugh Mine for the Years 1783, 84, 85 and 1786; not having specifyed therein what he supposes may have been got between the End of 1784 & June 1785. You will, I doubt not, easily reconcile him to believe that the Omission arises from our Misfortune and not our Fault, as no Ore was got in that Period. And indeed had it been otherwise, the Time of getting Mr. Wood will easily perceive is very immaterial to the Trustees provided they have all accompted for from Time to Time as washed or taken off the Premises, which you the best can testify has fully hitherto been done. I, am, Your h[um]ble Serv[an]t J[oh]n Donkin Mr. Addams could you give no As[we]r to the Business proposed till He wrote to the Trustees.
Recipient’s name not given, but William Routledge was the recipient of several contemporary annual accounts of ore raised at Burntshieldhaugh. He was of Blanchland in 1778 (NR0 452/D/8/4/13) and possibly a steward for the Lord Crewe charity, tasked with receiving the estate’s lot ore from the mine lessees, which appears to be the subject of this letter