Letter – John Sparke to Thomas Richard Beaumont – 21 Jan 1795

Document Type: Letter
Date: 21 Jan 1795
Correspondent: John Sparke
Recipient: Thomas Richard Beaumont
Archive Source: AE Beaumont letters
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									January 21 1795

Dear Sir 

	I most humbly beg leave to give you the trouble of this Paper as there hath been a prevaling defect for many years past in the Management of one part of your Lead Works not far from the Neighbourhood of Hexham – And it’s a great pity that there hath not allready been a due Remidy Introduced to remove this Defect – there is many Bystanders which have observed  this deficiency in Management – But few are able to point out the due Merits of this Business with any degree of Properiety – Therefore the Business continues  under a profuse and Imperfect Direction – now Sir/ If you should incline to have this Business carried on to perfection, According to the present knowledge of Times – By new modeling the Government of one Branch of your Works – you may Absolutely save Two Thousand Pounds yearly – you may perhaps, look upon this Expression as as a Vague report and that I wish to raise Jealousy and mistrust in your Works in General – (not so my Good Sir) my Motive is very far contrary to any such Insinuating Intentions – I am not wishing to Intermeddle with your Works in General. it is only one part of your Lead Works which falls under the Sphere of my Certain knowledge – And I can point out Two concise Propositions or Circumstances that will clearly prove the above Annual saveing beyond the shaddow of any doubt – And to make it appear clearly to all demonstration – I shall prove it from the Yearly Accts which hath in course been send to Newcastle - and  by Investigating these Accts year by year for two 7 years past – the Weight of your Pay Bills will clearly shew a loss of £2000 Annualy But I don’t wish to point out my propositions Explicitly at present least it should not meet with your Approbation – but if you think the above an object worth your Notice – Through the Assistance of Providence, and by your leave, I can make the above Manefestly appear as sure as God made Man – But I wish this to yourselfe only because I have a particular  Relation which makes a little Bread in your works – And if your Agent should know that I have pointed out any matter of reform – My Friend would perhaps loss his Bread in that line of Business – As it is Natural to suppose your Agent that hath the Government of this Business would not wish for any great reform or Improvement. Because it would discover a Vast deficiency in years past – If any thing herein

contain’d be to your likeing you may be positively Informed respecting the same By applying to me – I am just now Refineing Lead for his Grace the Duke of Athold at his Smelt Mill in the Isle of Mann – If I had the opportunity of speaking a few words upon this subject, I could clearly shew you what way this Annual saving would Arise – And if you should consult your Agent for 24 hours together, he is not able to discover to you the true Merits of this Business – But Im afraid you will blame my Imprudent Conduct in this Affair – But as I have pointed out this hint through a good Intention for your future Interest – I trust your Candour will excuse my Abruptness And permit me to Subscribe myself, with all due respect & well wishing to your Undertakings in General, Dear Sir, Your most obedient Humble Servant

							John Sparke

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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