Letter – John Erasmus Blackett to William Emm – 12 Oct 1795

Document Type: Letter
Date: 12 Oct 1795
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: William Emm
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 5
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Mr Emm Esqr                                                                                      NCastle  12th Octr 1795

             Castle   Aukland

Sir	I have lately been Informed by Mr Beaumont’s Agents in Weardale that the Lessees under Lord Burford were working a Lead Mine in his Estate called Harehope Gill, which borders on the Royalty of the Lord Bishop of Durham, under Lease to Mr Beaumont, & that he apprehends they are working in the said Copyhold, that the Mine is very promising, & a considerable part of the Vein has the appearance of being in the Copyhold;  I gave the Agent Mr Emerson & Jno Bell Surveyor directions to take a survey of that part of the Ground & to get what Information they could procure as to the extent of Lord Burford’s freehold, as well as the reputed Boundary;  Mr Heron of this place having previously had some Conversat[io]n with Mr Geo: Pearson of Durham on the subject, & being told by him that the Lord Bishops Agent in Weardale should have directions to go with them, on being applied to;  J Bells letter (which I take the liberty of enclosing) will inform you how they succeeded.  I understand that the Lessees under Lord Burford have lately placed large Bounder Stones extending his freehold considerably beyond the old Boundary, & taking in a very great part of the Vein; they have likewise Boarded up the mouth of the shaft, & keep a guard to prevent any person (except their own Workmen) from going down to Inspect the workings & they make use of every means to prevent any information being obtained, John Harrison of Dryburnside (who took a Lease of the said Mine about 32 Years ago) & Leond Bradwell (who was a Partner, & has likewise been Agent of the Mine) can as well as many others speak with certainty as to the Old Boundary.  Jno Bell had time to take a pretty accurate eye Plan of the Ground etc which with your permission I will send to you by Mrs Beaumont’s Agent Mr Straker who can give you further Information on the Subject;  I have no doubt that on this Matter being represented to the Lord Bishop that he will give every Assistance in support of the Right of his Lordship’s Lessee.  Your Ans[we]r will very much obige

                                                                     Dear Sir  Y[ou]r Most Ob[edien]t Serv[an]t

Wm Emm Esqr                                                                                           John Eras 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