Letter – Jonathan Hilton to John Gilbert – 28 Sep 1776

Document Type: Letter
Date: 28 Sep 1776
Correspondent: Jonathan Hilton
Recipient: John Gilbert
Archive Source: AMHS H&H
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A Copy of A Letter Mr Gilbert					Alston 28th Septr 1776


      I take the Liberty of sending this to acquaint you I am very Wishful & desirous of your fixing a meeting in order to have the several Matters respecting Lord Carlisles Lead Mines settled upon a proper footing as this is the time of letting the general Quarterly Bargains it would have been very agreeable to me to have the meeting sooner but as the case stands I shall take upon me to let such Bargains as are absolutely necessary and leave the other matters as they are till you can make it convenient to have the meeting. At the same Time I must beg leave to mention to you that the different undertakings at Howblagill and Garrigill Burn Low level have been longer unworked than is usual without a forfeiture taking place and as a large sum has been expended in making discoveries there I should be very sorry any other Person or Company should have the advantage of these Discoveries.

I have requested of the Agents of the Lords of the Manor to Indulge us with such Time without a forfeiture as till you can have an opportunity of fixing what is to be done with respect to these Matters but if that do not take place soon I am apprehensive they will not be pleased to continue the Grants in their Books but will insist on forfeiture. I shall therefore only request the favour of you to fix the meeting as soon as you possibly can but however it would be most agreeable to me if you could be here so as to view the situations and then you may undoubtedly be a better Judge of what is proper to proceed with than you can if you be not here.

      At the same Time if you cannot be in Alstonmoor I will most certainly attend you at any Time and place you please and beg you will be pleased to give me a Weeks Notice. My Son wrote you from Newcastle about a Fortnight ago which I hope you have recd.

      I am &c

P.S. Since writing the above I have received yours of the 22d Instant and should be glad to hear from you as soon as convenient.

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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