Letter – John Erasmus Blackett to Mark Skelton – 9 Aug 1795

Document Type: Letter
Date: 9 Aug 1795
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: Mark Skelton
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 5
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M Skelton Esqr                                                                                    NewCastle  9th Augt 1795

           Birthwaite Hall  near Wakefield

Dear Sir	The hurry of our Assize week & some disturbance at present amongst the Keelmen prevented me replying sooner to your favour of the 31st Ulto.  The Accounts sent you would I think explain pretty near what was due to Coll Beaumont as Executor, the other Accounts you desire shall be sent to you & as soon as I can make a calculation of the time that the several payments will become due for the Lead sold you shall be informed of the same.

	The late Spring, the scarsity of Hay & Corn & consequent bad condition of the Lead Carriage Horses, prevented our getting down the Lead to Markett; at this time we want about 10,000 p[iece]s of Lead of the quantity that I have sold; so that notwithstanding the brisk demand there is at present for Lead, any sales that I could make at this time would not become due a day sooner, as the Lead (or a great part of it) is not down at Markett; I have repeatedly wrote to Mr Isaac Hunter to hasten it down, even if there should be a necessity of paying something more at this time, & as a further encouragement to the Carriers I have promised them payment at Mart[inmas]s instead of May;

	In July I made Sales of 20,000 p[iece]s of Lead at £16 per Fo[dde]r: the payments for which will be due the 8th Jany next   I have lately sold some small quantities at £17 per Fo[dde]r & I hope to have it in my power next Month to sell a large quantity at that price, or possibly at an advance.

	I shall meet Coll Beaumont at Alnwick on Friday, the day of Election, & we are not apprehensive of any Opposition.  I am much concerned for the Melancholy fate of poor John Depledge, & feel much for his Relations; I have not seen either the Colonel or Mrs Beaumont since that unfortunate event.

                                                         I am with Esteem Dear Sir  Yours Sincerely

                                                                                                         J E Blackett

The Lead Co Sold 20,000 p[iece]s Lead in April or May last for £14 per Fo[dde]r.

Sunday Evening.  A Servant of Coll Beaumont has just now been with me to inform me that the body of poor John Depledge is found & for Instructions where to go for the Coroner; this unfortunate affair you must be sensible will hurt distress Coll & Mrs Beaumont very much.

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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