Letter – Michael Blackett to William Blackett – 26 Feb 1676

Document Type: Letter
Date: 26 Feb 1676
Correspondent: Michael Blackett
Recipient: William Blackett
Archive Source: CUL MS Add 91
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Newcastle Feb: 26: 1675/6

Honoured Sir

I have att present onely To advise you of occurrences at the Lead Mines w[hi]ch I shall doe God willing as well as I can, Soe in the first place the Condition of the severall Groves are as follows (vizt) Green Gill Inddiffrent good In two Shafts & they gett some Oare In the third Cole Cleugh Indifrent good In the low bed for the high bed itt hath beene poore this long time but Rich: tells mee hee hath <Dialled [drilled?]> oute a new Shaft, & is come to Indiff[r]ent good Ore In the first <dr> Sinkinge how it may prove hereafter is uncertayne R is allmost out of hope of Bates Hill soe Intends to give it over shortly Wellhope pretty hopefull Reed Groves Inddiffrent good In the low <Sale> but sore troubled with Water there The Slitts very good the Levell very hard butt gett not soe hard as formerly itt hath bene, Edw <Stoute> desires to know as soone as is possible whether you Intend hee should goe to Fallowfeild or stay where hee is hee seemes very willing to <Sturr> upon your order, But Richard thinks that if you continue your resolution of bringinge up a Levell there, there will bee noe greate need of him, but if you will resolve upon making of a Ginn hee thinks his presence There may bee very needfull but I finde by his discourse that except there were a greate neccessity of his goeing hee would not have him to <sturr> pretending hee is very usfull where hee is. all things very well at Mill [Dukesfield]  6 Harth goeinge, 5 Oare harths & one Slagg harth, & <preparations> makeing for 2 harths more here here is there nothing a wantinge butt Smelters, for most you have are either butt indiffrent workmen or Sicke. Fallowfeild workes Continues pretty good

the whole pay comes to as followeth              £668: 1: 3

the heads pay £244:10: 5 1/2 but p[ai]d Richard  £250

Planky pay    £ 80: 6:10 1/2 but p[ai]d Jno      £ 95

out of w[hi]ch hee will pay Wm <Lowe> the £10

p[ai]d att Mill                                  £226: 1: 2

p[ai]d att Fallowfeild                           £ 97:  : 1

                                                 £668: 1: 3

W[hi]ch money you had mad[e] at Duxfeild 103 Fodders Leed and 384 bings Oare brought to that mill as followeth (vizt)

From the heads        78 - 1 horse

From Read Groves      48 -

From Fallowfeild     255 -

From Jeffreys Grove	 002 -

As above             384 - h 	

Besides you have made att planky Mill 45 bing 5 <p[iece]s> Leed @ 112b:2 oare brought to that Mill from the following Groves vizt

From Colecleugh       30b 1h

From the heads        45:

From Reed Groves      37: 1	

                     112: 2	

What ore you have a fore hand is about 100 bings at Slitts 10 bings att Reed Grove, 30 bings att Cole Cleugh 100 bigge [?bings] att Fallowfeild & 4000 bings att Duxfeild Mill att least w[ha]t there is at Planky Mill afore hand Indeed I know nott for to tell you the truth I forgott to aske:  I understand by Jno you have some land att <Mesridgge [Melkridge?]> & Duxfeild without Tenants w[hi]ch hee say hee will be forced to lett much under w[ha]t formerly itt hath beene lett for This is w[ha]t I have learned & the needfull att present, soe praying for your health & happyness & earnestly craveing your blessing I remayne MB

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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