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Things to be Considered of in order to the well management of the affaires in the Colliery as followeth Imp[rimis] 1 That your Worship would be pleased to come over to Newcastle one day or two before the first wednesday of Every month; to informe your selfe what is most fitt to be done; us[uall]y the day appointed by the owners to meet on to order the Concernes of Stella Colliery 2 Att your meeting together to cause your veiwer Humphrey Gill to read over the book what was done at meeting before; and what you are pleased to ask at the said time; to cause your viewer to record it in the said booke; & that nothing be done by any owner either in suffring on; or laying in pitts; but at your monthly general meeting 3 That your worsp would order all the Overmen to p[r]sent their bills once every month; the month to end in your meeting week; that your selfe may se their Reckonings; & their moneys paid them where most nead is; by your owne particular order. 4 That you would cause your fitter to reserve your money against the aforesaid time for Reckoning with; & paying of Stellae Overmen. 5 Your staith mens Bills being Constantly made every week; wch alwaies is;& hath been done; That your worsp would give order to your fitter to pay to them in your absensense; what is most needfull; and as moneys comes to hand. 6 That you will cause your fitter once every month make up his account to you of all Coales he hath vended of every staith or <farthest> at the ending of every fleet of ships. 7 When any of your staiths is grounded to call your staithman to give an accompt; what Coales the said staith hath made out. [On verso:] Consideration to be had in the Management of the Colliery 1679
This description of a management process has neither sender nor recipient’s name, and is not dated any more closely than the year 1679. This set of papers all relate to the Vane family of County Durham. The head of the family, Sir George, died on 1 May 1679, to be succeeded by his 33 year old son Lionel (to whom later letters in this series are addressed). This document reads as a guide for a new owner, and was presumably drawn up by Sir George Vane’s coal agent William Iley. A date of 1st June is suggested here and that the recipient was Lionel Vane.