Letters – Joseph Richmond to Walter Blackett – 13 Feb 1733

Document Type: Letters
Date: 13 Feb 1733
Correspondent: Joseph Richmond
Recipient: Walter Blackett
Archive Source: NRO 673 2
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To Mr. Wr. Blackett Esq                                Newcastle the 13 Febry 1732/3

Hon[ou]rd Sir, 

Pursuant to your directions in your Lre  of the 6 Instant, I send you within written, as near an Estimate of the surplus of the Estate between the time of your Marriage, & 1st of Jan[ua]ry last, as can be made till all the last quarters acco[un[ts are brot fm the Milns Groves &c togeather with an exact acco[un]t of such part of the said surpluss as has been pd you, or applyed to your Acco[un]t, a particular of which is ready to be laid before you when required. The Debts owing at Sir Williams death to the Mines & Milns, on Simple Contracts, & his funeral Expenses, and also a y[ea]rs Intrest then behind, have been <pd &> discharged out of the personal Estate be left, & the Profitts arising between his death & your marriage, you will please to observe on the other side that the Lands do scarce pay the Incumbrances, Repairs, Taxes etc, if the Rents were punctually paid, & accounted for to me, which they are not. As the clear Surplus of the Estate does therefore cheifly arises from the Mines, I have been solicitous to get them paid as quick as possible, knowing it to be the more for your advantage the quicker they are paid, the savings since your Marriage have enabled you to shorten your pays & the same continued a little further would reduce them to their primitive standard, so to half the pays, which would add many hund[r]eds to the profits provided the Groves continue as good as they now are, The clear yearly rates of the Lands, Mines, & Coll[e]rys, exclusive of your Lady’s Estate, will I doubt not one year with another, tho[u]gh Mines & Colleries are precarious, answer between 4, & 5,000 £, you have rece[ieve]d since your Marriage in money £11719.2.7 which  is about £3600 a y[ea]r, besides £1350.0.0 which Mr Cuthb[er]t Ogle has paid in that time, as you will observe on the other side. I have by this post inclos’d Mr Denton, Mr Allgoods Answer to your bill, as altered by Mr Grey. I am <preparing> the Lists & acco[un]ts ment[i]oned therein, I only got the Answer this morning so cant send you a Copy, but Mr Denton will take care to give you one, & will take care to send one to Sr. W[alte]r the next post. As I am a Def[endan]t <of> must put in an Answer to your Bill, I desire to know whether you have objection to my praying the continuance of the £100 a y[ea]r which I have an Article for under Sr. W[illiam]s hand & seal, for I would not do any thing that will not have your approbation. I find the Tann[e[rs Comp[an]y have also applied to Mr Fenwick on behalf Mr Wilkinson, as they seem <zealous. in his behalf, you will please to recommend him to Mr Reay, Mr Cuthb[e]rt Fenwick, & such others of the Magestrates as you think proper or give me such directions to apply in his behalf as I may show to him [&] the Stew.rds of the Comp[an]y, 

      I am etc JR   

To 3 years rent of the whole Estate (as pr Genl rentals) 

  at £6350 pr annum                                           £19050  0  0

3 years intrest, annuities, outrents Charities etc 

  at £5324 a year                                  £15972 0 0

3 years Land tax, Cesses, & Repairs 

  of the whole Estate about                          1500 0 0

3 years Salary out of Hexham to Mr Allgood 

  at £320 a year                                      960 0 0  18439  0  0

     The savings out of the Lands in 3 years 

     computed (if all the Arrears were got in) at                618  0  0

The Collieries for the 3 last years have turned to little 

Acco[un]t,how much cannot be known till Mr. Wilkinsons & 

Mr Bells acco[un[ts are settled. I have rece[ieve]d on this 

acco[un]t in the last 3 years no more than                       200  0  0

The Lead mines as near as I can Compute have produced 1 year 

With another for 3 last yrs abt £5500 a year, being £1000 a

year more than I ever knew them produce in Sir Wms life time   16500  0  0                             

                                                              £17318  0  0

Paid Mr Blackett to the 1st Janry last in money £13069  2  7

Deduct for so much reced of Cutbert Ogle, by JR   1350  0  0

Paid in money out of the Estate                 £11719  2  7

Delivered Mr Blackett 

   in household goods etc as apprd                2314 15 10   14033 18  5

The remaining Surpluss computed in 3 years & remains in 

Oar Lead & debts, more than will discharge wats due to 

the Mines & Milns                                               3284 18  5

Arrears of Rents due May day 1732 yet unpaid or unaccounted for 

  Wallington, Ryal, Ingo, Kearsley, Fenwick, 

    Welton, Kenton etc J Richmond                                340 10  0

    Wenlington         Thos. Robinson                            103  0  0   

  Hexham (no acco.t yet reced for the last year fm 

    Mr Allgood, but I compute about                             1200  0  0

  Dukesfield &c                                                  298  0  0

  Allenheads &c                                                  418  0  0

                                                                2419 10  0

Debts standing out for Lead & Silver £1250.0s.0d.

                         Cash in hand £449.8s.0                 1699  8  0

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