Letter – Joseph Richmond to Walter Blackett – 15 Feb 1761

Document Type: Letter
Date: 15 Feb 1761
Correspondent: Joseph Richmond
Recipient: Walter Blackett
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 1
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To Sir Wr Blackett Bt. MP at his h[ous]e in Charles Street near St Jamess Square London                                                    

                                                                                                                              Newcastle 15 Febry 1761

Hon[ou]rd Sir   Inclosed is Peareth & Sorsbies bill on Freeman & Stainbanks for £1100 wch I desire you will please to advise receipt of.  I am sorry to find you are not quite well, & hope you will not suffer the hurry of business, or anything whatever to affect your spirits or give you uneasiness; for what is all the business in the world to your health.

I have considered as to raising £2000 in six weeks time, & find it cannot be done without manifest prejudice to your private affairs; wch stand as follows. I have money by me wch I expect will just about pay the mils & Allanheads & Coalcleugh Mines; & notice is given in the country that those pays will be made as soon as the Stewards get their acco[un]ts ready, wch will be in about a month. So that this money cannot be applied any other way. 

As to Weardale pays, I was in hopes of making them sometime this spring & have sold part of the Lead at Blaydon for that purpose, & will sell the rest as fast as there is any demand. Mr Bacon talks of paying the p[ar]tners[hi]p mines about Mayday; your ½ thereof will come I believe, to about £2600. & it wo[ul]d be a pity your own mines sho[ul]d not be p[ai]d at the same time, wch will come to about £6000 more, & will be expected in the country. All the Lead at Blaydon ready for the market when sold will not do so much more than pay those mines, & the articles due for int[e]r[es]t, the B[isho]p & Rectors rents & other contingencies. & as to the stock of Lead wch you have at the mills, little of it can be got down before June, & cannot, even if there sho[ul]d be a demand, be turned into money till about Lamas. This is the situation of your affairs at present. But if you think proper to order £2000 to be ready to be p[ai]d in 6 weeks I must write to Mr Maughan to desist making preparation about Weardale pays till after Mids[umme]r, when they will come to 4 or £5000  more, & a pay cannot then be made till after Mich[aelma]s. As to raising £2000 any other way, I cannot think of any means, except perhaps it may be got of the Bank. But I do not imagine you wo[ul]d chuse to apply for it there for sev[er]e reasons. I am etc    JR

Newcastle 10th Febry 1761 £1100.0.0

Thirty days after date pay Mr Joseph Richmond or order one thousand one hundred pounds, the value in acco[un]t with Sir Walter Blackett, place the same to acco[un]t as by advice from 

Peareth & Sorsbie

To Messrs Freeman & Stainbanks merchants in London

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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