Letters – John Erasmus Blackett to Thomas Richard Beaumont – 4 Jan 1796

Document Type: Letters
Date: 4 Jan 1796
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: Thomas Richard Beaumont
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/5
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T R Beaumont Esqr                                                                        Newcastle 4th Jany 1796

M.P.  Portman square  London

Dear Sir	I wrote to you yesterday but omitted acquainting you that on informing Mr Carr that you intended allowing him from the 1st Octr last £40 per Year in lieu of the 5% paid him by each Workman, & £20 per Ann[um] for Teach[in]y School, he having the benifit of the Quarter pence, & being at the charge of paying an Assistant; Mr Carr submits to what you may please to direct, but at the same time wishes to give up the School to the present Assistant you allowing him £50 per Ann[um] instead of £40 the Masters Allowance from you to be £15 per Ann[um] & to have the benifit of the Quarter pence, Mr Carr satisfied me that the income arising from the living of Allendale does not exceed £50 per Ann[um] out of which he pays a Curate; he said that as he was advanced in Years he could wish to resign the living of Allendale & the Curacy of Allenheads, in case he could obtain a living in the Diocese of the value of £90 or even £80 per Ann[um]: but this he submits to your consideration; I would beg leave of you to comply with Mr Carr’s request of allowing him to give up the School, on your making his allowance £50 per Ann[um].  All that is necessary for the Boys to be taught is reading, Writing, & the Common Rules of Arithmetick, which the present Assistant (I am informed) is capable of doing; when the Boys are instructed in Mensuration, Trigonometry  etc it frequently unfits them for Miners, they sometimes get into the Excise, & in case of being discharg’d for neglect Etc they turn Poachers.

                                          I am with respect Dear Sir Yours etc


Should the Parents of the Boys incline that their Sons should be instructed further, & the Master is capable of doing it, it is reasonable that he should be paid by them something extra.

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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