Letter – Thomas Thompson to Thomas Wentworth Beaumont – 20 Sep 1818

Document Type: Letter
Date: 20 Sep 1818
Correspondent: Thomas Thompson
Recipient: Thomas Wentworth Beaumont
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 6
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T W Beaumont Esq M.P.

Honoured Sir

We the Miners in Weardale having long laboured under the greatest distress, have felt ourselves obliged to petition for an Advance of Wages. We find that our present subsisting Money, which is only 7/6 a Week, much too little to purchase the necessaries of life, we have therefore petitioned for 10/- a week - our requests have not yet been granted . - Mr Morrison has made us an offer of 5/- pBing more than we have had, but it is too little, as those places which wo[ul]d have the 5/- advance cannot be worked under 10/- to enable Men to make a sufficiency to support themselves & family, and unless the Subsisting Money be advanced to 10/- a Week, it will be impossible for the greatest number of us, to get the necessaries of life, as our Credit is entirely gone – We have taken the Liberty of enclosing the petition, which we sent to Mr Morrison and humbly beg the favour of you to interfere in our behalf. We hope that your influence will prevail on your worthy Mother, to grant us our requests. – We feel fully assured from your known generosity & benevolence, that you will do whatever is in your power to render our Situations more comfortable than they have been.

Thos Thompson  Dyke 

John Peart  Close End
undated but presumably of much the same date as that sent to Crawhall, c. 20 September

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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