Letters – Joseph Richmond to Isaac Hunter – 28 May 1731

Document Type: Letters
Date: 28 May 1731
Correspondent: Joseph Richmond
Recipient: Isaac Hunter
Archive Source: NRO 673 2
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To Mr Isaac Hunter				Newcastle May 28th 1731


I have reced yours of the 22d, & am glad to find youll be able to get Allenheads Lead away so soon before the hay harvest etc. begin, for if it lay till then it wont be got in before Shipping Season is past, I could wish the same as to Rookehope, & that Lead must be got away as soon as possible for if those Carriers take not more care this Year to get it forwarded by the Low hand Carriage men to Markett, wee shall find away to be even with them when a pay comes, the Case must be that they wont allow the East hand Carriage as has been usuall, or else they pinch them more for money, tho' they themselves never had more priority, no never where better paid, as to fixing a Stob, I believe it would occasion the Lead to be got better away, & help our Winlington tenants to pay their Rents, but that requires some Consideration to get all parties pleas'd wth the present price, and as you observe will be attended with difficulties in the Accot, & must therefore be deferred & the old method pursued till necessity oblige to the Contrary, I beg you'l use all your Rhetorick & Authority towards getting that Lead in, you may tell them that if a Stob is fixed the Winlington Tents must have all the East hand Carriage, as that they'l entirely lose theirs for the future. I shall send you ½ hundred Deals for the heads Miln, & give Orders to Deliver them to Michal Ward, Robinson has been telling me that its reported the Carriers intend to bring the Lead quite thro' from Beldon to Blaydon this Year, That practice would be a new thing & prejudicial to our Tenants, who I find always bring the Lead as fast from Apperly as it can be got there, but I leave the whole to your consideration & Management. I am etc J.R.

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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