Letter – Nicholas Walton – 27 Mar 1793

Document Type: Letter
Date: 27 Mar 1793
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 123
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Provided always and be it further enacted that nothing in this Act contained shall extend or be construed to extend to authorise or empower the said Trustees or any of them to do any Act Matter or Thing which shall or may damage any Lead Mines or whereby the winning or working thereof may be prevented or interrupted or to take any Ore or Mineral which shall proceed or which shall or may have arisen or proceeded from the same or to do any Damage to such Buildings Engines Erections or Watercourses or other Things as have been or which shall be necessary to be occupied with or for any Lead Mines, nor to take any Deads Stones or Rubbish or other Matter or Produce which shall or may have arisen or Proceeded from the same without the previous Licence or Consent of the Owner or Owners of such Mines, or Of his her or their Agent or Agents.

       Farnacres 27th March 1793

Dear Sir

       By the Post of this day I have rec[eive]d an account from London that the Lobleyhill Road Bill has passed the Committee of the Commons with the addition of the above Proviso at my instance and also with an alteration of a Clause which made Carriages of a certain description liable to double Toll on carrying Lead Ore Iron etc above a limited weight tho’ all other articles might be carried in such Carriages let the weight be what it might and only pay single Toll. The Clause is now extended to all articles. As it stood before it was a manifest insult upon the owners of all Lead Mines. I am sorry you have been so poorly and beg to assure you that it will give me much pleasure to be informed of your having got better. I have not sold any Silver lately the last price was 5.7 ¾ I shall be obliged by your letting me know how the price is now. I thank you for your information as to the times of Mr Beaumonts Pays. I am 

       Your obliged & Obed[ien]t Ser[van]t

       Nich Walton Junr

PS The Lobbyhill Road is to extend  to Burtry ford <a six> Miles beyond Chapel
although the recipient is not named context suggests it might have been John Erasmus Blackett, chief agent to the Beaumonts. A letter of his just the previous day (NRO 672/E/1E/5 given elsewhere in DD) had named the dates of the pays to T R Beaumont.

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