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Newcastle 22nd April 1793 Dear Sir I wrote to you the 20th inst, to which I refer you ; I this day received your favour of the 20th & I observe what you are pleased to say respecting the Lead Pay & that you think it absolutely necessary that it should be made at the time appointed in which I perfectly agree with you; your Agents will be at this place on Sunday the 29th to go the Dukesfield the 30th & and make the pay the day following 1st May, they will go to Allendheads that evening and make that pay & Coaleheugh the 2nd May & the Weardale pay on friday the 3rdthe usual times of making the Lead Pays have been the last week in April: There has not been any run this day on the several Banks & Mr Burdon told me that he now had not the least doubt of their being able to supply you with £20,000/-/- in their Notes which will pass Currantly & about £10,000/-/- in Cash which with sum that you may bring down in cash & Bank of England Notes the pay amounting to about £13,300, I think there is now doubt of Mr Halls Bills for £10,000 being duely accepted by Messrs Lancaster & Co & that they will give you the necessary satisfaction respecting the Payment for the 9500 Pieces of Lead the last <quarter> by Mr Hall for Messrs Lancaster & Co. I wrote to Messrs Ransom Morland & Hammersley on that Business yesterday in which I desired they would immediately communicate to you; Mr Hall has left two sons who are in the Business and may probably carry on that branch of the Lead commissions from Lancaster & Co in which case it may be advisable to have a Guarantee from Lancaster & Co for the Purchases of Lead that they may make. It is not in my Power at present to give you so full information as I could wish as to the enclosed paper which you had from Sir John Trevelyan: The sum of money which he alludes to was the surplus upon the Sale of a part of the Estate which was vested in Chancery & could not be disposed of untill the death of the late Sire Walter Blackett the Interest of which till that time Sir John Trevelyan in entitled to, & from that period the Principal & Interest was the Property of the late Sir Thomas Blackett & now of course devolves to you; it is a matter of Law in which I cannot give you that full information that you desired; the late Mr Wilson & Mr Heron were frequently consulted by Sir Thomas Blackett as to that matter & there was some delay in the Law Proceedings which I am not acquainted with, & which I hope that Mr Herron will give you the necessary information when you see him. Messrs Ransom & Co would inform you of Mr Burdon being attacked on the road down three miles north of Bugdon by three foot Pads & rob’d of his watch & upwards of 20 Guins but he escaped unhurt and with the Cash he was bringing down, he wounded two of them in the men with a <Hanger> very severely one of whom got into the Carriage after having pulled his Servant out & used him very ill: Mr Burdon was covered almost over with the blood of the Man that he wounded, & has indeed had a narrow escape; I mention this to you that you may be very well armed &c and to be cautious how you travel late at night &c. I wish you safe & well & am with respect Dear Sir your most obedient Humble Servant John E Blackett PS. Monday Eveng past got back I have this moment seen Mr Burdon who promised us to supply you with £30,000 in Cash & Notes <can to yare> half you bringing down the remainder viz Thirteen Thousand Pounds in Gold & 300 in Silver. 30,000 13,300 43,300
This letter is identical to the copy included in the Agent Out letters (NRO 672/E/1E/5) apart from the last paragraph which was omitted from the copied version and offers a vivid insight into the perils of travelling with large quantities of cash in the 18th century.