Letter – Michael Blackett to William Blackett – 6 Nov 1675

Document Type: Letter
Date: 6 Nov 1675
Correspondent: Michael Blackett
Recipient: William Blackett
Archive Source: CUL MS Add 91
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Newcastle 9ber 6th 1675

Honnoured Sr

As for Businesse or what passes at home I refer you to w[ha]t my Bro: Wm or Wm Creagh will write you this night so shall not Inlarge further than to give you an acct of Occurrences at your Leed mynes & mill from whence I came this day: the Conditione of the severall Grooves then are as followeth viz-

Greengill Indifferent Good Cole Cleugh poore espetially in the Low Bed Reed groves poore the Slitts very good: & the Levill extraordinary hard at Rookhope they are still driveing up the Levill there as for Bates Hill and wellhope there is nothing there as yet But Charges

the whole pay came to this month as followeth £870

the heads pay came to £254:- 9 1/2 d pd Richd £300:- : - 

planky pay came to wch I pd Jno Mowbray       £152:16: -

pd at Mill as p particulars                   £321:12: 2

pd at fallowfield as p particulars            £ 96: 9: 8

                                     as above £870:17:10

for w[hi]ch money you had made at Duxfield Mill 117 fodd[er]s Leed & 546 Bing of ore brought to that Mill viz:

                     bing horse

from the Heades       163 0

from Read Grooves      13 0

from Greengill         70 0

from Lunehead          20 0

from fallowfield      276 2

from Jeffreys Grooves   3 2

In all as above       546 0

Besides w[hi]ch you have made at planky mill 38 <fother> 11 p[iece]s of Leed & 213 b[ings]  

2 H[orse] of ore brought to that mill 

viz from Grengill  50 B 3 ho

from Coleclugh     58   3

from Reed Grooves  29   0

from the heads     67   2

from Dufton         7   2

in all as above   213   2

There is no ore to speake of aforehand at the Grooves excepting at Greengill about 40 Bing and not 10 bing more at all the rest but God be thanked there is as much aforehand at Duxfield mill as will keepe the Smelters Imployed all the winter if no more come in Jno Computes there is above 4000 Bing and above 2000 at planky mill aforehand so I hope this winter the Smelters at neither place will have reason to Complaine for want of worke there is 6 hearths Going at Duxfield Mill 5 ore Hearths & one Slagg Hearth

fallowfield groves are very good but no ore aforehand there my Couz: Jno is quite against haveing an 8 hours shift Jno Mowbray is as much for it they are to discourse of it what they resolve upon shall advise you as soone as I am acquainted with there resolutiones no money to be got of J:M: this month he sweares he hath it not Richd hath some ore to sell w[hi]ch he hath won in a grove called Gallan Hill the price is 96s w[hi]ch he can have of others but will let you have the refusall thereof & will part with none of it till he have your answer Richd tells me likewise he heares there is some about takeing of Lunehead after your time is out pray have you any such Intentione as to give it over if you have & that you thinke fitt rather than to let others come in I will venture 2 3 or £400 of it for £50: p[er] annum though nothing to you would doe me no harme I can thinke of nothing else worth your notice so praying for your health & happinesse & earnestly Craveing your blessing

I remaine in Dewty bound MB  

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