Letters – John Ord to John Wilkinson – 1 Aug 1711

Document Type: Letters
Date: 1 Aug 1711
Correspondent: John Ord
Recipient: John Wilkinson
Archive Source: NRO 324/W3/19
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Know all men by these presents that I Sr Wm Blackett of Wallington in the County of Northumberland Bart gave engaged & impowered & appointed, & doe hereby authorise impower & app.t John Wilkinson of Newcastle upon Tine mercht to manage direct & carry on all my leadmines Leadgroves & Colemines & Collyeryes in the severall Countys of Nortyhumberland & Durham & in such manner as he shall think most Correct to sell & dispose of all & every the Lead oar Lead & Coles already wrought & gotten & wch dureing the Continuance of the present power & authority shall be wrought & gotten such of the same & to direct & manage all my Smelt mills & all other matters affaires any way concerneing my Lead mines & Colleryes & to pay and discharge workmens wages & all other sumes of money as he shall from time to time find necessary or convenient to be paid for or about the working management of the leadmines colemines or any of them or in or about the smelting carrying vending or disposing of such Lead Oar Lead & cole and all other charges & expenses any way relating thereunto. And also form time to time as he shall think fit and at my risq hazard & <fill> to adventure & send beyond seas or to London or any other market any quantities of Laed & coles & order the sale or keeping thereof unsold from time to time as he shall think most for my advantage & benefit. And I doe further authorise & Impower the sd Jno Wilkinson for and to my use to take & receive all my rents now due & to become due out of or for  all & every or any of my messuages Lands Tenem.ts Tiths & Farmholds whatsoever in the sd Counties & town & County of Newcastle upon Tine or any of them and to make such allowances & give such acquittances & discharges to the tenants thereof as shall be proper. And I doe thereby ratifie allow & confirm whatsoever the sd Mr Wilkinson since the death of my late father Sr Wm Blackett <on led> or done for me or on my behalf in adventuring or <…….> or selling or Keeping the same unsold or viewing the Stewards & agents accts for my Leadmines Colyrys & land rents as alsoe what he shall hereafter lawfully act & doe in or about the premises aforesaid. And that this authority & power shall continue till such time as by writing under my hand & seal to be executed in the presence of two credible witnesses & delivered to or left for the sd Jno Wilkinson att his now dwelling place in Newcastle I shall think fit to suffer & make void the same: [The remaining part of the draft was later struck out:]And I doe farther order & desire the sd J Wilkinson to cause & take care that all the accts touching & concerneing my sd Leadmines & Collyeryes shall be kept & entered with such p.son as att the same place & in such manner as the sd accts were Kept in the life of my late father Sr Wm Blackett

On reverse:] Augt 1711 Corrected draught of Mr Wilkinsons authority from Sr W B
Rough draft in what appears to be Ord’s hand of a letter of authority to John Wilkinson from Blackett, with later deletions and insertions possibly in Wilkinson’s hand. Blackett attained his majority in 1711 and Wilkinson would from that date presumably no longer have exercised the direct control he had in his role as executor of Blackett’s father since 1705

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