Letter – John Erasmus Blackett to Thomas Blackett – 29 Feb 1780

Document Type: Letter
Date: 29 Feb 1780
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: Thomas Blackett
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 5
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Sir Thomas Blackett Barot at                                                 Newcas  29th Febry 1780

   Bretton near Wakefield

Dear Sir

	Inclosed you will receive a Bill drawn by Bell Cookson & Co on Castell & Co dated this day at 30 d date for £500: The Receipt of which you will please to acknowledge.  Sometime the next month I shall make you another Remittance .

	Since I got Home Mr Bell sent me £200 on Account of the Rents; I expected more & wrote him to that Purpose & desired he would be very pressing with them.  The Tenants in general are at this Time very backward with their Rents but yours are I think more so than your Neighbours.  The Content Farm at Winlaton was let to Mr Simpson from 1st May 1776, it contains about 54 & ½ Acres.  The present Rent is £70 a Year & there was an Advance at the last Letting of £14.10s a Year according to the Valuation of Mr Bates & Mr Hunter.  Your Lead Stewards were down here the 24th instant for Subsistence for the Workmen.  I paid them £1450.

	Mr Maughan says Weardale Mines are improving.  Allanheads & Coalcleugh are much the same.  I repeated to them that you did insist on nothing being done worked but what is profitable & that in Case they do not reduce their Workings that you will be under the disagreeable Necessity of laying in your Leadmines.  The Dead work was laid off before.

	I have recommended this so strongly that I have no Doubt of their doing it & am etc


                                            £500.-.-     Newcastle Bank     29th  Febry 1780

                                Thirty days after Date Pay to the Order of John Erasmus

                              Blackett Esqr Five Hundred Pounds      Value received

                                                                For Bell Cookson Carr Self & Saint

To Messrs Castell Whately                                                             Jno Widdrington

     & Powell      London                       Pay the Contents to the

No 12663                                             Order of Sir Thos Blackett 

                                                              Barot     value in Account

                                                                             John 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