Letter – Martin Morrison to James Finlay – 20 Oct 1807

Document Type: Letter
Date: 20 Oct 1807
Correspondent: Martin Morrison
Recipient: James Finlay
Archive Source: TWA DF HUG 149
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Mr James Finlay  Edinburgh					Newcastle 20th October 1807


      Having had occasion for your professional assistance under the Firm of Morrison Norman <Harrison> & Co I now beg to employ it as Agent to Col Beaumont proprietor of extensive Lead Mines and smelting Mills in this Country. It is necessary to <promise> that in all Sales where the Principals live at a distance it is the Custom to appoint an Agent to transact the business with this Office, and on the 6th November 1806 one of the firm of Taylor & Sons called accompanied with Mr John Hall and purchased 18 Casks Litharge amounting to £220 for which he signed enclosed Memorandum and Mr Hall was considered from that period as Agent for the House.

	This Mr Hall afterwards made Purchases above specified and is now a Bankrupt; Messrs Taylor & Sons affect to say that they did not know where Hall obtained the Litharge notwithstanding their Introduction of him to this Office and appear not disposed to pay the money as it becomes due at the end of six months. The entries in our Books and the delivery of the Goods being invariably for account of John Taylor & Sons Queensferry.

      On receipt hereof be pleased to apply for the first named sum of £200-16-9 which on the Credit of Six Mo[nth]s is now due, and endeavour to obtain Bills for the two other sums at dates corresponding with their Credit; If Messrs Taylor & Sons refuse, you will then take such steps as you may under all the circumstances deem <advisable>.

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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