Letter – Joseph Richmond to Richard Ellis – 19 May 1729

Document Type: Letter
Date: 19 May 1729
Correspondent: Joseph Richmond
Recipient: Richard Ellis
Archive Source: NRO 673 2
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To Mr Ellis at Hexham							May 19 1729

Sir, I have received by Mr Hunter  Mrs Featherston’s reckoning books for Dukesfield & Allanheads mills, that for Rookhope I hope won’t be long behind. Notwithstanding the delivering of these books  in wch many articles are omitted I think it will be of absolute necessity for the security of both Sr Wm Blacketts Ex’rs & Mrs F& will undoubtedly proven mistakes in the pay, that a pay bill on due paper be drawn out for each mill expressing the exact sum due to every person mentioned in the quarterly accounts & that the same be sign’d to by Mrs F-n for till the same be done & all the offtakes bro.t together under these proper heads there’s no knowing how matters stand consequently no making a pay by us for Mr Featherston’s time unless the Exers think fit to pay their balance to the mill into Mrs Featherston’s hands & let her make that part of the pay & even in <eq.y> [equity’s?] case the above will be necessary so that I hope Mrs Featherston will think it reasonable to be with all expedition prepared if she will immediately appoint a time that will suit you either Mr Hunter or I will attend you & facilitate yr affair as much as wee can for it is our shame the people should be kept longer out their money. I give you the trouble of this because having been concerned in settling his acct you must know the reasonableness & necessity hereof better than Mrs F-n  & therefore desire that with my best regards you will communicate the same to her & let me have the answer as soon as possible. I am

	Sr your very humble servant, 	JR

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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