Letter – John Erasmus Blackett to Isaac Hunter – 5 Jul 1776

Document Type: Letter
Date: 5 Jul 1776
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: Isaac Hunter
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 4
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Mr Isaac Hunter  at  Dukesfield  to be left                                   Newcas.  5th  July  1776  

   at  Mr Pearsons     Surgeon in Hexham

Sir     I received your Letter & think you must be mistaken as to the Quantity of Lead necessary to keep the Refinery at Blaydon at Work; for last Year they refined 5056 p[iece]s of 11 Stone & 9556 p[iece]s of 8 Stone which are equal to 11881 p[iece]s of the Common Size  _ & on an Average for the three Years last past there has been refined at Blaydon & made into Litharge 13127 p[iece]s so I think it will be necessary that at least 1000 p[iece]s of refinable Lead more than the Quantity you mention should be sent down to Blaydon this year.   Refined Lead is in demand & I desire it may be hastened down & as much refined as you think may Answer.   When may I expect a piece of Silver?  I do not recollect what Sir Walter desired you to do at Hexham     I am with Comp[limen]ts to Mrs Hunter 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