Letter – Martin Morrison to Diana Beaumont – 21 Oct 1820

Document Type: Letter
Date: 21 Oct 1820
Correspondent: Martin Morrison
Recipient: Diana Beaumont
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 6
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Mrs Beaumont Bretton					Newcastle Octr 21 1820

Annexed I beg to transmit Copy of a letter I received this morning by Post from Revd Mr Phillpotts and am <…> to observe that he has entirely shifted his ground from the proposition he made to me on thursday; his letter now calls for your most serious consideration as to the measures you will have to determine upon. It is my opinion that all reference to the price of Lead should be avoided whatever steps you take, it is certain great sacrifices will of necessity have to be made and the question is, what are the most prudential to adopt in this most unfortunate situation. – Whether to pay the Money Composition or that he draw his Tythe in Kind. With the engagement that you are under to the Bishop no proceedings can be adopted to lessen the quanitity of Ore to be raised in the Weardale Mines without incurring serious loss to yourselves; and therefore whether untill the Bishop & Rector are in a situation to be met upon equal grounds an offer of a Specific Sum of 4 or 5000 p[er]ann[um] had not better be made to Mr Phillpotts

	I am etc MM

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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