Letter – Martin Morrison to George Crawhall – 24 Sep 1818

Document Type: Letter
Date: 24 Sep 1818
Correspondent: Martin Morrison
Recipient: George Crawhall
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 6
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      NCastle 24 Sept 1818

Mr Geo Crawhall New house Weardale

I this morning rec[eive]d your two letters of the 22d Inst. – One enclosing a paper entitled ‘An Address to the Miners in Weardale’. I cannot sufficiently recommend the good sense and firmness which you have displayed in the interview with the nine delegates, sent by the Miners to you, demanding an advance of 10/- P.Bing in the price for raising Ore, and to be allowed 40/- PMo[nth] Subsistence Mony instead of 30/-. the Sum at present paid.- In establishing 35/- PB[in]g as the highest price for raising Ore, with some extra allowance for situations which in your opinion required it, I am persuaded that due consideration has been entertained towards the Miners, compatible with the trust repose in Us by our employers; and certainly more than the poor & exhausted State of the Mines justify. The advance in the price for raising Ore, within the last twelvemonth exceeds Sixteen pCent upon the previous years earnings; whilst the Price of Lead during that period, has not fluctuated more than 20/- to 30/- PFodder. New and expensive Trials to discover Mines, were never more numerous; at a time too, when the workings from their general poverty are scarcely defraying the Expenses they incur. – To give employment to the Workmen - by far too numerous for this Situation – is one stimulus to the exercise of your Knowledge and Industry and with such intentions I consider their present conduct unreasonable; and the language contained in The ‘Address’ mischievous & altogether unjustifiable

Convinced that no description of Workmen generally are better paid, it is my determination to adhere to what I consider our duty, and to make no alteration in the terms of the Bargains for the ensuing Quarter as settled with you in Weardale. – You will proceed with viewing the Mines; and to give all the protection you can, to such Men as are willing to take Bargains and making all the use of this Letter you may deem nec[e]sary

	I am & c &c M Morrison

PS If nothing prevent me I propose being at Alston on Monday, to return in the afternoon to Blue Back & home on Tuesday.
The original petition forwarded by Crawhall is attached to the Morrison letter to Mrs Beaumont dated 25 Sept 1818

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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