Letters – Joseph Richmond to Walter Calverley – 31 Dec 1731

Document Type: Letters
Date: 31 Dec 1731
Correspondent: Joseph Richmond
Recipient: Walter Calverley
Archive Source: NRO 673 2
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To Sr Walter Calverley Bart			Newcastle 31st December 1731

Honrd Sr, 

      By my Mastrs Orders Inclose you an accot of the produce of Weardale Mines for the last 4 Years ending Xmas 1730, the Accots are not come in for the present Year, but I guess the produce therein of these Mines won't exceed £600. As I acquainted you when here, the late Sr Wms life was added for 300 gu[inea]s, & tho' it must be confes'd Lead then sold at a lower price than it has for some Years past, yet those mines, being then richer, were wrot  at proportionably less Expence, & the Rents for Lot & tythe being only half of what they are now, the groves turned then as to good Accot as they now do, I am humbly of Opinion that £500 is the utmost that ought to be paid for adding Mr Blacketts life, & considering the two remaining lifes I hope his Ldp [Lordship] will in a little time think it his Intrest to accept it, & reasonable he can't but think it, if he believes the Inclosed accot wch is as near the truth as possible, whatever may have been suggested to him to the Contrary.

      He seems much disgusted any Scruple is made about the Rent for Moor Masr & the Lot oar, wch was only £250 pr annm, till Sr Wm Blackett abot 7 Years agoe (apprehensive that Mr Mowbray who had purchased a Mill in Weardale had a design to take the Lot of the late Bishop) went himself & agreed  to give £500, the Rectr of Stanhope then rais'd his tythe Rent from £150 to £315 & so they have stood since, but are a burthen much too heavy to be any longer submitted to, & if his Lo[rd]s[hi]p will not moderate his demands, both for the fine, & Rent, I cant but think it my Mastrs Intrest to let him take time to consider of the first, & to pay him & the Rector the Lot & tythe in kind, wch I believe they'l soon grow weary of, tho' I own it woud be more elligible to pay them a reasonable Rent (viz.) £210 for the Lot & £180 for the tythe, if they would accept it, if not, I believe wee shall manage it so, for some time, without any loss to Mr Blackett, they will not make more of it.

      There are two lives dropt in the Lease of Kilhope & Welhope Lands wch stands in the Bishops books at £50 pr annm but is now let at £79. Mr Allgood as I remember told me that when Mr Blackett & he were with the Bishop he askd no more than £200 for renewing them, wch I think so far from unreasonable that it ought to be Imediatly clos'd wth if better terms can't be got, I can't certainly tell but I believe Fenwk Bowman is the third life.

      Mr Blacket[t] thinks it necessary to sue out a writ of Leave, wch he thinks would be of great serving <m...> an Elec[ti]on should happen this year, & therefore I have wrote Denton by his Orders to wait on you for your Opinion & directions herein  etc J.R.

Lead Mines in Weredale	            Dr		

1727 To a yrs charge on 1957 Bings £3165.18.10

        Rents                        815. 0. 0

        Miln Charge & Carr.          781. 0.10    4762. 3.10

1728 To the gro: charge on 1732 b.s £3049.11. 7 1/2

        Rents                         815. 0. 0

        Mil Charge & Carriage         692. 0. 0   4556.11. 7 1/2

1729 To the gro: charge on 1940 b.s £3200.07. 3 3/4

        Rents                         815. 0. 0

        Mil Charge & Carriage         776.10. 0   4791.17. 3 3/4

1730 To the gro: charge on 2479 b.s £4052.01.11 1/2

        Rents                         815. 0. 0

        Mil Charge & Carriage         991. 4. 0   3858. 5.11 1/2

       [Total:]                                  19969. 3. 8 3/4

To Intr. on money at 5 pr Cent only                998. 9. 2

To the profitts in the above 4 Years being        2072. 2. 1 1/4

   518.0.6¼ pr annm

                                                 23039.15. 0

Per Contra                                        Cr

1727 By 1957 bings fod.r 370 1/2  @ £14.10. 0     5372. 5. 0

1728 By 1732             334      @  15. 0. 0     5010

1729 By 1940             376      @  15.10. 0     5828

1730 By 2479             471      @  14.10. 0     6829.10. 0

     [Total:]                                    23039.15. 0

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