Letter – Edward Blackett to Jacob Peart – 15 Feb 1711

Document Type: Letter
Date: 15 Feb 1711
Correspondent: Edward Blackett
Recipient: Jacob Peart
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 189
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Feb 15

Honest Jacob

      I rec[eive]d your letter with an acc[oun]t w[hi]ch p[iece]s of lead is due to me from the undertakers & let me assure you once againe that nothing pleases me more then the flourishing of Fallowfeild lead mines both for my own sake & the undertakers for twas allwayes my great Desire rather to have a £200 a year without trouble then three with trouble

Phill[i]p Leece I perceive had some [bus]iness nigh newby so he Came in the Evening <to. see me for should take it very Ill if any old servt <of> mine should come within ½ a mile of me & <not> call to see me I must do him that Justice that he never namd fallowfeild grove out of his mouth for severall houres till I askd him if he knew how it was he told me had not been there for severall years only heard some people talk that it was pretty good & that he was resolvd to go & see it in a little time I know so much of Phillip that he shall be the very last man in the World that I should Employ for a Steward knowing very well the real diffirence he made amongst my brothers work people as likewise amongst my own w[hi]ch was the reason we both <turned> him of<f> I must own I never had a Steward in my life that I have so great an opinion of both for Judgement & honesty as your self never Designs to part with you out of my service provided you will be moderate in your sallary which I do not Question but you will I perceive in your letter that there is a rep[or]t that I give you but £10 a year & that I offerd Phillip £20 you must not give Cr[edit] to those foolish Idle reports & pray do not write me any more of them for it does but vex me when I hear them below you have a Coppy of a proposall I had lately which give me your opinion of & w[ha]t you think fit to be Inserted in it I am

      Your assured

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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