Letter – Martin Morrison to Thomas Emerson – 16 Mar 1812

Document Type: Letter
Date: 16 Mar 1812
Correspondent: Martin Morrison
Recipient: Thomas Emerson
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 6
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      NewCastle 16th March 1812

Mr Thomas Emerson Newhouse Weardale

In consequence of its being found expedient this year to defer the Mine Pays until the first Week in May- Featherstone Brown of Weardale and William Liddle of Coalcleugh deputed by the Miners have waited upon me, to represent the inconvenience which they labour under by this measure, and also, that it is understood by them that the Pays in future years are to be made in this month, - I am therefore to request you to make it known to the Miners in Weardale, Allenheads & Coalcleugh, that the Pays will be made next year on or about the first week in March as usual, and so on in every subsequent year; and as I understand dissatisfaction has been expressed by the Men at the present prices for raising Ore, I am to request you & the other Mine Agents in conjunction with Mr Dickinson whom I last week wrote to upon the subject, to make some small advance at the ensuing Bargains, bearing in mind at the same time the extreme distressed state of the Lead trade, and the little prospect there is of any advance taking place in the price of lead. The deferring of the Pays has given me great concern I propose going to London the moment I am able to travel and if practicable (of which however I see no chance) to send the means down to make the Pay a week or two earlier, but I certainly do not mean, by this observation, for you to give rise to expectation that they will be made before the first week in May –

You will of course communicate this letter to Mr Crawhall & to Mr Little

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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