Letter – John Erasmus Blackett to Thomas Blackett – 27 Apr 1784

Document Type: Letter
Date: 27 Apr 1784
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: Thomas Blackett
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 5
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Sir Thos Blackett Bart                                                               Newcastle      27th April 1784

    Bretton  near Wakefield


Dear Sir

	I am favoured with your letter of the 19th inst as well as your former letter acknowledging the Receipt of the Bill that I sent you.  I observe what you say Respecting Coll Anker’s Application to you about your Lead as well as your answer to him on that Subject; when I hear from that Gentleman I shall give him every Necessary Advice as to that matter.  The Lead for the Danish Markett is Shipt from hence by Messrs Carr & Widdrington & by Mr Alexander Adams, & your Lead has the Preference and is purchased for the Danish East India Co.  Mr Widdringn Corresponds with Coll Anker, & probably may hear from him on the subject.  In the Year 1658 Sir Wm Blackett sold a Parcel of Lead Amounting to £2273-6-1 to the Crown of Denmark, the Lead arrived safe & every Necessary Certificate etc was obtained; Notwithstanding wch no Payment was ever Received for it, tho’ frequent Application have at different times been made for that purpose;  From the Conversation I have had with Mr Carr I find that he is not fond of this Commission & wou’d not undertake it unless he had a Merchant of Character in London Gaurantee for the Payment.  The present price of Lead is £17 p Fothr for Common £17.5.0 p Fothr for Refd & £18 p Ton for Litharge.  I have sold some small parcels for the Foreign Markets, but have not yet made any Sale for London.  I expect to make a large Sale next Month.  I have fixed the Pay for the Lead Mills at Dukesfield for the 26th May Allanheads & Coalcleugh the 27th and Weardale the 28th.

                                                                                           I am etc     J E Blackett

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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