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The Lot Ore has in General been Compounded for From the Years 1726 to 1741. £350 was accepted In those Years. 1742, 1743, 1744 it was taken in kind. From the Years 1744 to the Years 1787 £350 was again accepted in lieu of the Lot Ore. B. Trevor B. Egerton In the Years 1777 to 1787 £350 p. an. In the Year 1787 it was advanced to the Sum of £850 – under the Bishop Thurlow until the Year 1791 when it was advanced to the Sum of £925 under the Agreement with the present Bishop JEB wrote to the Bishops Agent Mr. Burn the 17th June 1791 - £850 off[ere]d The first Meeting at Durham with the present Bishop of Durham JEB thinks was the 17th or 18th August 1791 when the Bishop demanded £950 pp an. JEB offered £900 pp an. JEB proposed splitting the difference which the Bishop did not seem to <averse> to, but JEB did not consider the Agreement finally concluded until the Meeting at the Turks Head at N castle on the 1st Sepr. 1791 when the Bishop again proposed some questions to JEB which he ans The Composition for the Rector of Stanhope One tenth of the Ore was from 1776 to 1787 £315 p. An. 1787 to 1792 480 Agreed with the Rector for yrs 1793 to 1799 900 1799 to 1807 1500 The Rector was sensible it was <much before> the full Value There was a loss of £10,000 & <upwards> by the working of Wolfcleugh Mine in the course of 14 Years – The Winning of Breckonsike Mine cost <upwards> of £9000 – It has at all times since JEB has been concerned for his Relations the late Sir Walter Blackett & the late Sir Thomas Blackett been considered by them that unless they had a favourable agreement for the Lot & Tyth Ore that under the heavy charges on these Mines that it would not be advisable to attempt any Expensive Workings when <the same so> might be doubtfull & <that of ….> the former Bishops have at all times considered the calamity that must be the consequence to that part of the Country within their Diocese in case a Great part of the mines were laid off work and <Numbers> of Workmen of course discharged which would be the case unless such favorable agreement for the Lot & Tyth Ore took Place to encourage the Lessees to carry on the Works extensively. Sir Thomas Blackett Died the 10th July 1792 On the 14th May 1802 Mr. Mowbray & Mr. Cassells Agents of the Bishop of Durham called on JEB at his House in Newcastle & made a Demand
This undated and unsigned document contains notes relating to the evidence given by John Erasmus Blackett to the Commission for the examination of Witnesses on the 26th March 1805 in the case of the Bishop of Durham versus the Beaumonts, and so is given a date here of 1st March, despite what appears to be the later insertion of a date range running up to 1807. The notes appear to be in JEB’s hand.