Letter – William Hutchinson to Francis Pewterer – 25 May 1732

Document Type: Letter
Date: 25 May 1732
Correspondent: William Hutchinson
Recipient: Francis Pewterer
Archive Source: DUL CCB B 182 121 1-13
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      Barnard Castle the 25th May 1732

Sir,

I sent my Mill Agent, & one of my smelters, to view all the workings in Weardale. Thro them all not above 250 Bings laying, of a very poor kind & badly dressed, your Bayliff acquaints them, the yearly produce of the Mines may be about 1400 Bings, reckond at 40 shillings per Bing, at an average, would bee £309 per ann[um]. Now this being barly a supposition, the yearly produce of the Mines may be more or lesse. Therefore as to my own part, I can make noe other proposalle than a certaine price for every Bing I have delivered my Carryers, & If you are inclined to treate upon this footing, I’le make you my proposall for a yeare or a longer time as may be agreed on, Methinks there should be some way you may have the yearly quantitys the mines produce, theire pay-Bills make that appeare, &  noe doubt ther’s a Covenant in the Lease from  the Bisshopp for delivery of faire Coppys of all theire pay-Bills to the Bisshops Agents if required. I am assured Mr Mowbray has had the offer of these <dues>, & long before you writt mee , His refusalle gives me to think there may be insuperable difficultys in getting the Just Dues from the severall Mines & makes me somewhat timorous of engaging under such hasards, however the stepps I have taken can doe the Bisshopp noe harm, & if I can bee further serviceable that way, I shall be glad & ready to doe it from

      Sr your Most Obedt Humble Servt

      Wm Hutchinson



[addressed on reverse:] To Mr Pewterer at the  Castle Bishp. Auckland

[annotated to rear in a different hand, presumably that of Pewterer’s clerk:] 25th May 1732 Mr Hutchinson to Mr Pewterer

Will give 40 per Bing for the Lot Oar.

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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