Letter – Joseph Richmond to Walter Blackett – 17 Feb 1730

Document Type: Letter
Date: 17 Feb 1730
Correspondent: Joseph Richmond
Recipient: Walter Blackett
Archive Source: NRO 673 2
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To Walter Blackett Esq. 		Newcastle February the 17 1729

Sr, Upon renewing the Lease of Weardale Mines with the late Bishop Crew in 1706, & putting in the late Sr Wm Blackett life, I find there was paid no more than 300 guineas besides the fees which came to about £30, Mr Allgood is of Opinion the present Bishop, will on the present Occasion insist on £1000 at least wch I am humbly of Opinion, concidering his Ldshps age, & the Declension of those groves from what they were at the time of the last Renewell, is too unreasonable to be Complyed with , at that time they Yeilded yearly towards 4000 bings of Oar, but now we Reckon half the quantity to be a good years work, Mr Allgood Says he will write to you Shortly on that head, he is now at Hexham, whence I do not know when he'd return, I do not hear of any further steps being taken on Mowbray affair, I acquainted Mr Allgood with your lre from Calverly desiring it might be referred but I presume he waits your previous directions.

I have had not advice from Mr Cook of the plate being come to his hand but there is no Doubt but he had received it, & waits your Directions what to do with it, as desired.

Winship tells me Surly is much better then when you left the Country but not quite clear of the Cough , he still deswades me from turning him out, I do not believe he has been twice hunted since you left Newcastle. The Dogs are in good Order, only on Sunday last one of the Pointers quarrelled with Singwell & has bit and Eye quite out of her head. I am  J Richmond

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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