Letter – John Erasmus Blackett to Thomas Blackett – 13 Apr 1777

Document Type: Letter
Date: 13 Apr 1777
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: Thomas Blackett
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 4
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Sir Thos. Blackett Bt.   at Godfrey Bosville’s Esqr.          Newcas  13th  April  1777

Great Rufus Street  Bloomsbury   London

Dear Sir    I hope this may find you well in Town     Your Leadmine Stewards were here on Tuesday last for Subsistence money for the Workmen     I paid £1120 so have not yet had occasion to take up any money at the Bank     The Report of the Stewards is that the Mines are much in the same State they were when you was in the North some little Improvements in the Workings at Allanheads which I hope may Continue     You may remember that I told you  that Rich[ar]d Allgood your second Agent at Allanh[ea]ds had notice to quit the Service the 30th June     Several Persons have offered their Service to succeed him but I think James Mulcaster the most likely to answer your purpose  _  he is between 40 & 50 Years of Age  _  has no Family     has the Character of being a good Miner & a sober honest Man

     Allgood had £40 a Year & a house & a small Farm for which he pays you £11 . 15s . 0d a Year     I told Mulcaster that if you should approve of him he was not to expect more than £30 a Year & the house  The Farm he must have at the same Rent     As it is now high time that a proper person sho[ul]d be pitched upon I shall recommend James Mulcaster to you & I hope he will give Satisfaction in Case you should appoint him  _  The inclosed valuation of Wilton Estate I had from My Brothers Steward Mr Bates  _  It amounts to £10 . 10s . 6d more than the former Valuation entered into by the late Sir Walter Blackett  _  It is probable that I may be called up to Town in a few Days about the disagreeable Business of the Petition     should it be the Case I shall certainly wait upon you      I am etc                       J E B.

  Tho[ma]s Maughan on acco[un]t of Weardale Mines        £450

  Westg[art]h Forster on acco[un]t of Allanh[ea]ds Mines £450

  Joseph Dickinson on acco[un]t of Coalcleugh Mines      £450


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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