Letters – Joshua Straker to Isaac Hunter – 3 Oct 1796

Document Type: Letters
Date: 3 Oct 1796
Correspondent: Joshua Straker
Recipient: Isaac Hunter
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/5
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Mr Hunter Dukesfield                                                                            Newcastle  3d Octr 1796


Dear Sir	Mr Blackett received your letter of the 27th Ulto and observes what you say as to the Lead Carriage; he says that you must have misunderstood him as to stopping the Carriage at all the Mills that he only intended that Rookhope Mill should be stop’d on Account of the immense Quantity of Lead that was on the Road from that Mill: he agrees in opinion with you respecting the Carriagemen who bring the Lead thro’ to Blaydon or Newburn & that they ought to have the preference.  Mr B desires me to inform you that it is his wish that you should Refine as much Lead at Dukesfield as you possibly can, on Account of the Lead Trade being so very bad & the Silver being a ready Money article & it will likewise enable him to sell a larger Proportion of Refd Lead which makes a Sale;  We are likewise pursuing the same Plan at Blaydon.       I am etc   J.S

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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