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My Lord Mr Richmond 16 Dec 43 I Receiv’d your Ldships Lre of the 10th, with your Account of the lot Oar raisd in Weardale between the 1 July 1742 & 1st July last, which differs 9l.12s.7d with the Acct sent to me by the Grove Stewards, whose acct I have herewith inclosed, & desire yor. Lordsp will please to send it to your Agent with Directions to compare matters with Mr Blacketts servants in Weardale that wee may know where the mistake lies, When that is done I will endeavour to get your Lordsp a good bill for what shall appear due . The Difference between the two accts. is chiefly at Dodhill & Pikestone, the Oar delivered from the former is return’d to me to be got in Midsummr Quart.last, & therefore is charg’d at 39s, the mean price for the last year, & as to Pikestone I fancy yor. Agent has included some oar delivered since 1 July last, wch. must come into the next years acct., for wch. wee have agreed at 4s a bing, I am My Lord, Your Ldsps most obedt hble Servt Joseph Richmond: 16 Xber
DCRO D/Bo/F/123. For a period of three years Bishop Chandler received his royalty dues (lott ore) calculated on the actual production of the mines year by year rather than taking a regular unvaried annual sum of money. This letter from Blackett’s agent demonstrates some of the complexity of the calculations involved and Chandler reverted to accepting an annual sum in lieu the following year.