Letter – John Erasmus Blackett to George Brooks – 7 Jan 1783

Document Type: Letter
Date: 7 Jan 1783
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: George Brooks
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 5
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George Brooks Esqr  Green Street                                             Newcas   7th January 1783

          Grosvenor Square   London


	I acquainted Sir Thomas Blackett with the Conversation that passed between Mr Dew & Sir Thomas’ Agent Mr Bell respecting the Renewal of the several Leases of the Lands & Mines in Weardale held by Sit Thomas Blackett of the Bishop of Durham.  Sir Thomas Blackett has no Objection to the Terms Mentioned by Mr Dew for a Renewal of the Leases of Lintzgarth & Kilhope & Welhope; but he does not think there is any Reason for him to Change his Sentimts with respect to the Sum he formerly offered for the putting in one Life in the two Leases of the Mines in the Room of the late Sir Walter Blackett viz 1000 Guineas; for altho the Price of Lead has advanced for these two Years past & is at present very high it cannot be expected to continue so.  The Mines have been for some Years past & still are very poor nor is there at present any prospect of their Improving; however in Consideration of the Loss of Interest of the Money Sir Thomas Blackett is willing to give 1250 Guineas for a Renewal of one Life in the two Leases of the Leadmines.  You will be pleased to acquaint the Lord Bishop of Durham with these Proposals & when he has considered of them favour me with your Answer.                                I am etc      JEB

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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