Letters – Joseph Richmond to Walter Blackett – 8 May 1731

Document Type: Letters
Date: 8 May 1731
Correspondent: Joseph Richmond
Recipient: Walter Blackett
Archive Source: NRO 673 2
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To Walter Blackett Esqr.           Newcastle 8th May 1731

Hon[ou]rd Sir,

Since the Receipt of your Lre of the 1st instant, I have used my utmost Endeavours to get good bills but in vain, none being at present to be got in this place under 30 days, & at one pr cent premium, which at this time of the year I never before knew, for trade in general was never so bad in my knowledge, I have therefore sent you by the Carrier, one hundred Guineas, as pr inclosed, which please to own the Receipt of, & send for the money as the note directs, The large draughts I have lately had upon <us> have quite exhausted the Chest, & the Lead trade continues so very dull, & rents do be so badly paid that I have a bad prospect of getting it replenished, The People in Weardale & at the Milns are growing so uneasie for want of a pay, that I know not what must be done to keep them in temper I am etc   JR

Yesterday I Recd five casks which came down by Sea, I have a kit of Salmon on board the Joshua of Yarm[outh] James Manbay master.

Received of Jos. Richmond in Newcastle the sum of one hundred & five pounds, which I hereby promise to pay to Walter Blackett Esq. or order, on the 22nd May of this instant, at the Whitehorse in Cripplegate, on paying me ten shillings for the Carriage & hazard, & delivering me up this note; As witness my hand this 8 day of May 1731

                                                                        John James

Test[ato]r  Cuth Ogle Jun[io]r  NB this money was paid the carrier by Cuth Ogle jun[io]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