Letter – Henry Richmond to Robert Shafto – 8 May 1761

Document Type: Letter
Date: 8 May 1761
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: Robert Shafto
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 1
  • Transcription
  • Comments (0)
  • Change font
    If columns/tables do not appear straight, change font
To Robt Shafto Esq. M.P. at Whitworth by Durham                           Newcastle 8 May 1761


Mr Hen Wilkinson & I attended at Durham on Tuesday last as you appointed & went thro’ all the Agents bills, wch Mr Swainston had then got in. After considering the great number of days charged by most of them for canvassing, & the vicinity of many of the places, wch they charge distinct days for canvassing at, we co[ul]d not help thinking that 10s.6d a day, over & above their horse hire & all expenses, which Mr Swainston assured us they had charged separately, was an ample satisfaction, for such journies; for the best attornies do not charge their constant clients above 13s.4d a day besides expenses. As to the days on wch any of the agents have canvassed the places of their own residence, we in general supposed 6s.8d a day might be sufficient & have allowed no more; tho’ indeed the agents for some towns may deserve double what others do. Mr Swainston & Mr Hugal were desired to examine, lest any of the agents may have omitted charging their horse hire; for 10s.6d a day will be too little where that is the case; & indeed in some other cases it may not be adequate to the trouble wch some agents may have had. But as to particular merit we referred the consideration of that to L[or]d Darlington & yourself having stuck pretty closely to the above rule. Only we tho[ugh]t it reasonable to allow Mr Ralph Robson a Guinea a day when upon his Norham Canvass over & above his Expences, as those Expeditions were attended with great Fatigue to him. We also have allowed a Guinea a day to the agents who were employ[e]d in Durham during the Election in taking the poll etc. Whatever his Lords[hi]p & you may think proper to pay the agents, whether the sums we have made their Bills amount to, or more, as the case may require; it is our opinion that it ought to be expressed in an Even sum without descending to any particular valuation of their time, or letting them know what that has been reckoned worth by the day. besides this method will give them no opportunity of comparing one with another, what is given by way of Gratuity above what their bills were made to amount to  I am etc      HR   

Leave a comment

We welcome further information or corrections on topics and incidents mentioned in individual letters. It might take a while before your comments are checked for adding to public view within the website. We cannot undertake further research in response to questions.

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *


General Discussion
Suggested correction or addition


  Return to search results or refine/create new search
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