Letter – Joseph Richmond to Lancelot Allgood – 12 Jan 1731

Document Type: Letter
Date: 12 Jan 1731
Correspondent: Joseph Richmond
Recipient: Lancelot Allgood
Archive Source: NRO 673 2
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To Lancelot Allgood Esqr.  			Newcastle 12th Jannur.y 1730


I am favoured with yours of the fifth & seventh inst, I shall be glad to hear the Result of your last meeting at Mr. Barkers. Inclosed are the accots. you write for, viz a Rentall of the whole Estate, an accot. of the mines & Refinery for 1728 & 1729, & the nearest computation I can at present make thereof for 1730. Also a computation of the personal Estate as it stood at Xmas 1728, & how it at present stands, together wth. an accot. of the Collieries as they have answ.d from Xmas 1725 to Xmas 1729. You have also the Crown of Denmark accot. wch. I wish anything could be made on. You will observe from the accot. of the Personal Estate how much affairs are mended since Xmas 1728, wch. you may be assured will be very near the mark, besides wch. there has been pd. Mr. Blackett (including the Household goods) above £5000 as pr. <margent>. The last years the Leadmines have turned to very great accot. & heartly wish money can be kept beforehand to pay them more regularly. I was in great hopes to have been strong enough to pay both Weardale & the mines this Spring, but from the Demands to London, & on Mr. Mowbrays accot. there must be laid aside, until you can sell Kenton for £20000, wth. wch. will set all to rights again, provided you would let abt. £3000 of the money be applied that way (ie.) to the mines. I have sent Mr. Denton by this Post Mr. Howards Bond to Sr. <Wm>  but do not find you are likely to get your own paid off. Last post brought me a lr. [letter] from Mr. Payne desiring to know how accots stood between him & Mr. Salkeild, wch. I send you on the other side as far as can be gathered from Salkeilds accot. As to Lead thieves, they are not yet caught, but there are five men at Shields that took the lead wth. their Boats from them, tho they let them escape not knowing then the lead was stolen, that will be good Evidence, they have all swore they do not know them, but I have a very good guess as to who the persons are from their description and some other circumstances, & am endeavouring to bring the rest of the Lead owners who, have been greater sufferers than wee to join in prosecuting them, if they can be caught. I am

Yours etc


[The margin contains a few illegible accounts, presumably summarising those mentioned in the letter]

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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