Letter – John Erasmus Blackett to Isaac Hunter – 8 Dec 1781

Document Type: Letter
Date: 8 Dec 1781
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: Isaac Hunter
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 5
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Mr Isaac Hunter at                                                                         Newcas 8th Decemr 1781



	As the Price of Lead is likely to keep up I would recommend it to you to keep all the Hearths going briskly that we may have a good Stock against the Carriage may start in the Spring which in Case of a favourable Season I hope will be early & to induce them to it I shall have no Objection to advance them some Money on that reason.  I am informed that the Grove discovered near Newbegin is very promising.  That they have already raised a pretty large Quantity of Ore which tho not rich in Lead yet the Lead yields 27 Ounces of Silver p Fother.  I understand the Ore is purchased by the Persons who have erected a Refinery opposite Blaydon at £3.15s.0d p Bing.  As the Carriage to Dukesfield would be short may it not be an Object for Sir Thomas Blackett to purchase the Ore provided it can be had at a reasonable Price.  Pray give me your Thoughts on the Subject & if you should be of that Opinion you may without Difficulty procure a Sufficient Quantity to make an Assay from which we may be able to form a Judgement what offers to make.           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