Letter – Martin Morrison to Thomas Dodd – 23 Nov 1809

Document Type: Letter
Date: 23 Nov 1809
Correspondent: Martin Morrison
Recipient: Thomas Dodd
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 6
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Mr Thomas Dodd						Newcastle 23 Nov 1809

Agent to the Lead Company, Nenthead

      Above three months are now elapsed since first I applied to you and since you promised to obtain the Lead Company’s instructions, respecting the new vein in Middlehope, which instructions it appears you have not received; I am therefore impelled by a due regard to Colonel Beaumont’s just rights not to delay any longer giving you notice to desist from working the said vein beyond the period of the present Bargains, confirmed as I am in the opinion, by that of experienced Miners, that it is a continuation of a vein, formerly wrought by the Old Man, belonging to Colonel Beaumont and can be got and worked without the help of the Lead Company’s Levels .  I am etc

We the undersigned being requested, have inspected the Place containing the workings of Thos Rd Beaumont Esq’s Mines in Sedlin & Middlehope Fells Weardale and also the Sketch as taken this day by Mr George Crawhall and accompanied by Mr Isaac Hornsby of the workings of the Mine or Vein commonly called Scarsike in Middlehope belonging to the Lead Company, which said Mine or vein is intersected by another vein in the direction of  N65 deg W and having carefully compared the direction or pointes of the said workings we are decidedly of opinion that if the said Vein intersecting the Lead Company’s vein is continued to be 32 wrought to the westward it must of necessity be one of the Veins formerly wrought by the Old Man, belonging to Thomas Richard Beaumont Esq.  Given under our Hands, this

20th day of November 1809

			Signed John Shield

				John Wilson

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