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Hon[our]ed Sir Newcastle Ja[nuary]: the: 27th: 1676/7 According to my promise by myne of the 26th present p[er] yesterdayes Post; have thought itt my duty after my Brother W[illia]m his returne from the pay to give you an account of occurances there as well as can bee expected from mee the whole pay tooke as followeth £380:=:=:= P[ai]d Rich M: towards the heades pay £220:=:= P[ai]d Jno M: Towards Planky Pay £ 23:14:7 P[ai]d att Mill as p[er] p[er]ticulers £ 59:18:9 1/2 P[ai]d att Fallowfeild as p[er] p[er]ticulers £ 75:12:4 P[ai]d for a hndges this Month £ 00:14:4 ---------- 380:00:0 1/2 for w[hi]ch charge you had 11 fudder 14 p[iec]es Leed Smelted att Plankey Mill and 46 Bing 1 horsse over Charged to s[ai]d place vizt bing : horse from Coale Clugh 13 : 2 from Greene Gill 03 : 0 from the heades 10 : 3 from Read Groves 05 : = from Bateshill 10 : 2 from Wellhope 03 : 2 -------- as before 46 : 1 and likewise 38 fodder 10 p[iec]es Leed Smelted att Duxfeild [Dukesfield] Mill and 116 bing one horse over Carriged to s[ai]d place viz bing : horse from Jeffreyes Grove 03 : = from the heades 51 : 1 from Reed Groves 06 : 2 from Roakehoope 01 : = from fallowfeild 54 : 2 -------- 116 : 1 there is nott a farthinge Charge for cariadge of any Leed from the Mill neither to Cooperhouse nor to Bladan soe that I have little more to Inlardge upon then to advise you of the condition; of they severall Groves w[hi]ch are as followeth vizt Greenegill hath nott beene soe poore this long timee; Coale Clough still uncertayne where noe quantity of Oare is gott; Read Groveses still worke the Stile pretty good; the levell Indiffrent; they dared the last week 3½ ya[rd]es; but now tis some what harder Baties his [Bateshill] and Rookehoppe pretty good but Wellhope the <best> of the Tow. Sir the other sid is as full an account as I can give you of this moneths pay if any thing bee omitted I doe heartily begg yo[u]r excuse soe w[i]th my humble service to my Lady w[i]th my duty to yo[u]r selfe prayinge for yo[u]r health and happynesse and earnestly cravinge yo[u]r blessinges I remayne MB:
1. Bates Hill was in West Allendale. ‘heades’ is often used as a shorthand for Allenheads. ‘Jeffreys’ is south of Blanchland. ‘Reed groves’ (with various spellings) is probably the Redgroves on the hill north of Nentdale, where the Blacketts had a lease from the Radcliffes in the 1670s, the vein through which appeared to connect with Coalcelugh, within the Balcketts mines in the West Allen valley. ‘Fallowfield’ was a mine to the North of Acomb; a very rich and productive vein which the Blacketts had obtained in the late 1660s. William Blackett took the lease of the far west of Weardale from the Bishop of Durham about this time so ‘Wellhope’ could very well be the Weardale Wellhope. There is also a Wellhope between Nentdale and the West Allen, but this location seems less likely. 2. Rich M: is Richard Mowbray at Allenheads (from an April 21 letter). 3. Jno M: is Jno Mowbray (from an April 21 letter).