Letter – Martin Morrison to John Dolphin – 20 Jul 1826

Document Type: Letter
Date: 20 Jul 1826
Correspondent: Martin Morrison
Recipient: John Dolphin
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 6
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      Newcastle 20 July 1826

Mr J. Dolphin – Ruffside. –

I am this morning favored with your Letter of the 19th Inst, inclosing two from Dr Phillpotts to yourself, the assumed quantity of Ore produced from the Weardale Mines during the last 3 Years, I neither admit nor deny, and as We are treating for the future and not for the past, I do not feel called upon to say more respecting it. – By Dr Phillpotts Drawing Ore for his Tythe, - the question is, what in fairness the proportion ought to be, to enable Col Beaumont to work the Mines to the extent they have hitherto been wrought. The Dean & Chapter of Durham let at a seventh duty. The Revd Mr Wilson of Wolsingham at the same, receiving from Col Beaumont, as Rector, one-fourteenth of Ore, <on its> value in money, and Dr Phillpotts himself has admitted, more than once, that the Weardale Mines cannot be wrought to their present extent, if a 5th Duty is exacted. – What proportion then, of the future produce of the Mines in his parish will satisfy him? – That produce may be more, or less, than it has hitherto been; but there is one material consideration, and I should hope Dr Phillpotts will give it its due weight – the certainty that the  expenditure of money necessary to obtain a large produce of Ore, can never be less, and will be more. – I beg to add it will be satisfactory to me, that our future communication upon this subject be by personal interviews, and not by Letters, for I am anxious to avoid giving the slightest offence to Dr Phillpotts, who by the stile and tenor of his last Letters, appears displeased. – I hope this will find you better & 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