Letter – John Erasmus Blackett to Thomas Blackett – 9 Jun 1781

Document Type: Letter
Date: 9 Jun 1781
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: Thomas Blackett
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 5
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Sir Thomas Blackett Barot                                                             Newcastle  9th June 1781

Bretton near Wakefield  Yorkshire

Dear Sir

	I received your Favour of the 3d instant & observe that you are arrived at Bretton & that Mr & Mrs Bosville & Miss Wentworths are staying with you.  Your Lead Stewards were down here last Month, there was little Alteration in the Mines.  Weardale was rather improving.  The War obliges me to give longer Credit so shall not have it in my Power to make the Lead Pays before August.  The Pays for the Several Lead Mines & Mills will amount to £25498 which I shall be enabled to make at that Time & shall send you a Bill for £500 some time this Month.  I lately sold 7000 ps refin’d Lead at £14.17s.6d p Fother, 2000 ps Common & 1000 ps Slag Lead at £14.12s.6d to Doctor Hall.  I expect the Price of Lead will keep up but the wet Weather we have lately had will retard the Carriage of the Lead much.  I observe you have had a Letter from the Committee of Saint Andrews Parish in this Town soliciting your Subscription for An Organ.  Your House & Gardens are in that Parish & as you are an Encourager of Musick the Parishoners are in hopes that you will be at Unison with them.  I acquainted Mr Wilson with what you say, he is at present confined with the Gout.

                                                                                        I am etc               JEB

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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