Letter – John Erasmus Blackett to Charles Bowns – 13 Apr 1804

Document Type: Letter
Date: 13 Apr 1804
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: Charles Bowns
Archive Source: TWA DF HUG 149
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Charles Bowns Esq						Newcastle  April 13 1804

Darley Hall Barnsley, Yorkshire


Dear Sir

      Thomas Crawhall has been with the Commissioners under the Property Tax Act at Darlington to make Appeal to the exorbitant assessment of £5,000 Duty charged on Col & Mrs Beaumont’s Mines in Weardale, which I am sorry to inform you has not been attended with the desired Success.

	A return was delivered to them made out in the Manner you mentioned which they have not thought proper to accept of; they demand a further Inspection of the Accounts, as you will perceive by a Copy of the Receipt which I enclose you, & have appointed Friday the 20th Instant for that purpose. The Conduct of those Commissioners has been very illiberable towards Col Beaumont & his Agents in this Country, & if it suits your Convenience I submit to you, whether it may not be proper for you to meet them on that Day; on your favouring me with your answer to the Contrary I shal make Mr Heron acquainted with the Business and desire his Attendance along with Mr Emerson and T. Crawhall. 	The Rev[ren]d E. Davison who is one of the Commissioners, expressed the return made to them to be clearly a subterfuge, & seemed to insinuate that what the Agents of Mr Beaumont say was not to be depended upon.		

      I am etc. J.E.B.


By the amended Schedules of Commissioners, Weardale Mines are rated £2000 Duty in Forest Quarter in the Parish of Stanhope, and £1000 in each of the other three Quarters.

Below is the Quantity of Ore raised in one of those Quarters for five years

                                       B[ing]s H[orse]s

Ore raised in Newlandside Quarter in 1798  7   3

Ditto          ditto                 1799  none

Ditto          ditto                 1800  none

Ditto          ditto                 1801  none

Ditto          ditto                 1802  none

                                     Bings 7 – 3

Charge of those Mines in 1798 £40-8-3 exclusive of the Timber, Cast Iron etc used, & of Agents Salaries etc. Ore sold in Alstone Moor in 1798 at about £3 per Bing 

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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