Letter – Nicholas Walton to Christopher Bell – 4 Dec 1772

Document Type: Letter
Date: 4 Dec 1772
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Christopher Bell
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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Mr Chris Bell							Farnacres 4th Decemr 1772

Mr Bell

      I was glad to receive, at last, yr Letter about the Lead and I hope you will be enabled to get all from Hexham and every part of the Road and at Newburn and at Newcastle by Tuesday next: Whenever it is, I would have you tell Willy Laybourne to come down the Road and examine it to Newburn and from thence to Newcastle, and then come to me and let me know what is left upon the Road and how much at Newburn and at Newburn he must tell Ions to get all in as fast as possible as til that is done no Account can be settled with the Carriers.  I doubt Havelock and Corbett have not behaved well because I find they or however Corbett, make difficulties about letting other Carriers have their Lead to bring in and I think Pickerings  10 were lying at Mr Jacksons Door when we made the Pay.   Let any of the Carriers have Lead as long as it lasts on their giving proper Recets as without that it is the case we may wait til May day before any of the Quantities are brought in.

      As you have seen the Hedging at Langley Mill, should like to know how they are going on, and on a fine day now and then, desire you will not ommit viewing, and letting us hear from you about this Work; You will at the same time have an opportunity of seeing your undertaking at High Stublock, which is no bad thing you know.  I have no Account yet about the Farms but they are certainly all Let by this.

      I am for Mr Smeaton & Self Your hble Servt

      N W Junr 

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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