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Colonel Beaumont Newcastle 10th. April 1801 Portman Square London Dear Sir I have received a Letter from Mr. Wilkinson of Chesterfield inclosing one from Mr. Barker (Copies of both I send you under another Cover) respecting the additional Duty which is proposed to be laid on Lead exported, I likewise send you Copy of the Memorial which was presented to the Treasury in 1785 when the former Duty was proposed by the Minister, which (notwithstanding the Pains that was taken to oppose the Measure) had no Effect, nor do I beleive that it would succeed better on the present Occasion should it be opposed; however you will have an Opportunity of knowing the Sentiments of Gentlemen in Town who have Mine Concerns, as well as the Governor of the Lead Company & others concerned in the Trade, and of taking such Steps as may be thought advisable; should Mr. Barker not have left Town, he will wait on you and have some Conversation with you on this Business. I am &c. -J.E.B. I had no Opportunity of mentioning this Matter to Mr. Walton as he was from home and may not return for two or three Days.