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Colonel Beaumont Newcastle 16th Oct. 1799 Bretton Wakefield Yorkshire D[ea]r Sir I wrote to Mrs Beaumont the 9th Inst to which I refer you. Your Lead Stewards were with me yesterday when I paid for Subsistance for the Workmen & for Candles £3700 the State of the Mines is not improved, & I shall have some difficulty in getting down to Blaydon this year the Lead that I sold in Sept. last, we are at present about 7000 Ps. short of the quantity, what is on the Road shall be hastened as soon as possible, but the poor condition of the carriage Horses, the bad state of the road, & the total want of provender will prevent the Lead being got down from the Lead Mills, as well as the Ore from the Mines; most of the Carriage have already dropped off, a number of their horses having been lost - I shall be under the necessity of having the Lead brought from Dukesfield to Hexham & from thence by the Turnpike Road to Newburn & boated across the river to Blaydon which must be attended with an additional expence, & to induce the East Carriage to bring down what lead is on the road I have promised to make that carriage Pay the last week in Novr. instead of Feby. The time that I shall have it in my power to make another Sale will be very uncertain. When you made the Purchase of your Land Tax of your property in this Country you did not return me the several certificates which you will be pleased to do, as your Agents are now called upon for the Land Tax which they will be under a necessity of paying unless the certificate be produced. The Weather for these three days past has been very favourable for the Harvest that is yet out, but a great part has been much injured by the constant rains, Old Wheat in this Markett sells from 14/-s to 15/-s the Winr. Bushl, Oats 6/-s to 7/-s, & will be higher; New Corn is lower, but is very soft & alone not fit for the Mill; I am very apprehensive of a scarcity. I am etc J. E. B.