Letter – Joshua Straker to John Erasmus Blackett – 5 Aug 1796

Document Type: Letter
Date: 5 Aug 1796
Correspondent: Joshua Straker
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 207
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      Newcastle 5th Augt. 1796


      Mr Wilson the Rector of Wolsingham is here and is very desirous of something being done respecting the Boundary of Harehope Gill Lead Mine and has employed Mr. Anthy.  Surtees as his Attorney to go up with Mr. Heron who has agreed to go on the 22nd of this Month & they think it would be of great Service if you could make it convenient to go with them;  Mr. Wilson says that he dined with the Bishop of Durham the other day and his Lordship promised to give every Assistance in his power to Ascertain the Boundary of the Copyhold & if it was necessary that Mr Pearson should attend for that purpose.  Mr. Wilson afterwards mentioned this to Mr. Pearson who said that when he got his Lordships directions he would certainly attend to them. Mr. Wilson and Mr. Heron desire that you will be so good as to write to the Bishop of Durham to request that he will desire Mr. Pearson to attend and to give his Assistance in this business, & as soon as Mr. Heron is informed of your having written to the Bishop he will write to Mr. Pearson to inform him of the time that is fixed for the Meeting;  Mr. Wilson has got a Copy of the Surrender of the Copyhold part of Lord Burford's Estate and we had it compared with Mr. Bells Plan this morning and it perfectly corresponds as to the Boundary & will be of great service in ascertaining it. 

      The Inclosed letter from Mr. Bell I took the liberty of opening thinking it would contain something relating to the Office business; I have answered the first part of it, but could say nothing as to your Brother Sir Edwd. Blacketts coming into this Country.

      I have not had a single order for Lead since you left home, the Stocks are increasing fast & I'm affraid that the Price will fall rapidly.

      I am Sir Your most Obedt Hble Servt

      Jos Straker

[cover:] John E. Blackett Esq/ Capt. Collingwood's /Morpeth

[annotated in JEB’s hand:] Jos. Straker /5 Aug 1796

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