Letter – John Erasmus Blackett to Thomas Blackett – 15 May 1782

Document Type: Letter
Date: 15 May 1782
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: Thomas Blackett
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 5
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Sir Thos Blackett Bt at Mr Sydenhams                                        Newcastle    15th May 1782

        Frith Street  Soho  London

Dear Sr

	I am favoured with your Letters of the 9th & 11th instant & am glad to hear you are better.  I observe what you say as to the Conversation you have had with Mr Freeman & preston and the Proposal they have made for the Purchase of 10000 ps Lead or more at the same Price that Dr Hall gave & to take it away after that Quantity is completed.  My great Object as I mentioned before in selling Mr Hall so large a Quantity was the keeping up the Price of Lead.  That having taken Affect I do not at present think it adviseable to sell so large a Quantity as 10000 ps especially as the lateness of the Season has prevented the Lead Carriage from leading, for tho they usually started early in April they have not yet made a beginning.  I you have no Objection I would make those Gentlemen the following offer.  To sell them 5000ps one half to be refined, 2500 of which to be at the Price which Mr Hall has agreed for viz refined at £17 p Fother, Common at £16.15s.0d.  The remainder an Advance price of 5s.0d p for, viz refd 17 1/4  & Common at 17 p Fother to be paid for as usual.  As to Mr C.B having the Commission notwithstanding his Behaviour to me I shall not Object to him provided you do not but I am not certain whether he will continue the Business.  As Mr Freeman & Mr Preston have made this offer to you I think the answer should come properly from you.  I observe what you say as to the Works I proposed to be erected at Blaydon & am glad to find that a Scheme of that kind meets your Approbation.  Mr Rastrick is at present at Berwick erecting some Works there.  I expect him over soon when shall have some more Conversation with him on the Subject & shall acquaint you what Resolutions we come to.

                                                                                           I am etc    JEB

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