Letter – John Erasmus Blackett to Isaac Hunter – 12 Nov 1795

Document Type: Letter
Date: 12 Nov 1795
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: Isaac Hunter
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 5
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Mr Hunter Dukesfield 					NewC[astle] 12th Novr 1795


Dear Sir	I have your Letters of the 5th & 10th Inst & observe the Contents.  I am very sorry to find that the Mill at Dukesfield has suffered as much from the late Flood;  I have no doubt of your taking very proper Measure to reinstate the Works in such manner as may be the least prejudicial to the Concern.

	The Commissioners of the South Turnpike have a power by the Act of laying on double Toll from the 1st Novr to 1st May on all Carts or other Carriages having the fellies of the Wheels of less breadth than 6 Inches (with some exceptions) but to impose the double Toll on Lead only is certainly very Partial & unfair.  but I have no doubt those Com[m]issioners have an Interest in the Exemption of Coals & Timber, & I desire that you will inform me if those Articles are at present suffered to pass paying only the single Toll; in the mean time I think that it may be adviesable to submit to the double Toll untill the Lead at the Bankfoot be got in, for Mr Beaumont is not injured, but the Trustees etc of the Road:  When I have your Answer I will consult Mr Williamson, & I shall on the renewal of the Act recommend to Mr Beaumont to give it Opposition, unless some limitations are allowed as the Concern have certainly been very ill treated by some of the Commissioners which you are very sensible of.

      I am with Compliments to Mrs Hunter & yourself   Dr Sir Yours etc  J.E.B

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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