Letters – John Erasmus Blackett to Thomas Richard Beaumont – 27 Apr 1799

Document Type: Letters
Date: 27 Apr 1799
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: Thomas Richard Beaumont
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/5
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Colonel Beaumont                                                 Newcastle   27 April  1799

Portman square  London

D[ea]r Sir        I am favoured with your Letter of the 25th Inst. I have made further enquiry respecting a Gate being placed on the South Turnpike Road to Hexham at High Team, how far it may affect your Concerns, & I do not find that it can in any Material Degree;  Your Lead from Weardale comes down to Blaydon some Distance above that Gate, & all the heavy Materials for those Mines are sent up the River to Blaydon, & go up from thence by the back Carriage.  I observe what you say respecting the House of which you have an Offer; it appears to be an eligible Purchase provided you have a long term in the Lease, for I imagine that it is not Freehold but I am informed there are a Number of large Houses on Sale at this Time which may be an Inducement to the present Owner to lower the Price; should the Circumstances turn out as has been represented, the Title approved of by the Person of the Law that you imploy, & the Terms agreeable, I would recommend that in Case no part of the Purchase Money remains for a Time on Interest, that the Payment may be made by Instalments. I have not got the Bill for the Division of the stinted moors & Pastures in Weardale, but Mr Williamson has shewn me it.  By which I observe that your Right of working the Mines in as full & ample a Manner as they have been heretofore, without paying any Damage whatever, is sufficiently guarded by which Means you are in a better Situation than before, for although no Damage has been paid, it was always a Subject of Contention which this Act puts an End to.  Your Lead Stewards are with me at present, they receive the Notes & Cash tomorrow, I shall go up with them to Dukesfield on Tuesday Morning, though I am very unfit for such a Journey in so very cold Weather having the Rheumatism in my Head & Teeth very much.  The Stewards inform me that there is little or no Alteration in the State of the Mines since I saw them last.        I am etc   J. E. B.

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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