Letter – John Erasmus Blackett to Diana Beaumont – 29 Oct 1803

Document Type: Letter
Date: 29 Oct 1803
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: Diana Beaumont
Archive Source: TWA DF HUG 149
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Mrs. Beaumont: under Cover to					Newcastle 29th. Oct. 1803

Colonel Beaumont M.P.	 Portman Square London.                                                 

Dr. Madam

       I wrote to you the 13th, 14th, 15th, & 16th. Inst. to none of which I have received an Answer, which has alarmed me, least you, or some part of your Family may be ill; I wrote again the 25th. inst. to which I expect an Answer by Tomorrow’s Post, which I hope may relieve me from my Apprehensions. – I shall go to Hexham on Monday with Subsistence Money for the Workmen, & Wood Payments, where I shall meet your Lead Agents.

       I am told that Losh & Lubbren, who lately failed, & are in your Debt £1,600 – are gone up to London (one, or both of them) to endeavour to get their Creditors to sign their Certificate; it does not appear that there is a Probability of their paying 2s/6d in the Pound, nor do I think that there appears to be any favourable Circumstance to entitle them to that Indulgence; they may probably call upon you for that Purpose.

       Messrs. Walker’s Partner Mr. Parker informs me this Day that they have made a Purchase of the Lead Company of 10,000 ps. of Lead, at some Pounds lower than the Price I asked; he would not name the Price nor the Credit; should it be £30 or 31 I should suspect that the Credit will be will be shorter than 6 Months possibly you may have an Opportunity of learning by some Friend; I have applied to the Agent of the Comp.y who informed me that such Sale has been made, but that he had not been informed of the Terms.

       As you have a large Quantity of Lead at Blaydon near 40,000 ps. it certainly will be advisable to sell, & shall not scruple to sell from 20,000 to 30,000 ps. on the Terms that the Lead Co. have sold.   

       I am &c. J.E.B.

Walkers & Co. purchased the other Day 800 ps. Lead at Stockton, the Fo[dde]r. of 22 Cwts. at £30 p[er] Fo[dde]r. & had an Offer of more at the Price; I saw the Agreement: & some small Quantities from Alston Moor have been sold at this Place at £30-15 -,,

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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