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Mrs Beaumont Newcastle 5th Decr 1797 Bretton Wakefield Yorkshire Dear Madam I had the honor of your Lre of the 26th Ulto which I should have sooner replied to, could I have brought Mr Newton to a point as to the mode of settling the business between you & himself, for untill that was done, it would be to little purpose having Mr Ebdon & Mr Stephenson to meet at the Abbey with different instructions. on which account I had a meeting with Mr Stephenson, when I acquainted him that you & Coll Beaumont disapproved much of what had been done at the Abbey, & that you were determined on coming to a final settlement with Mr Newton, & have nothing more to do with him; I told him the Mode in which it was proposed to settle this business, which I desired he would communicate to Mr Newton, or his family, & to acquaint me with their answer as soon as possible that I may be enabled to appoint a day with Mr Ebdon for the meeting; I have not yet been able to procure an answer, & should I not get such a one that is satisfactory? I shall (with your approbation) on Monday next discharge Mr Newton, & likewise the Men employed by him at the Abbey; you will be pleased to favour me with your answer. I shall go to Hexham on Monday morning to meet the Lead Stewards with Subsistance for the Workmen & to make some Wood payment for the Mines. The business of Parliament has I imagine detained Col Beaumont longer in Town than he expected I am etc J.E.B The proposed Tax on Lead will I hope be abandoned. I by no means agree with Lord Hawks that it is not the interest of the Lead Proprietors (for the reasons that he gave) that the price shou’d exceed £17 per For that price has been exceeded four & £5 per For. We found no bad consequence arising from it, very much otherwise & I could wish to have another experiment of the kind.