Letters – John Erasmus Blackett to Thomas Richard Beaumont – 3 May 1799

Document Type: Letters
Date: 3 May 1799
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: Thomas Richard Beaumont
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1E/5
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Thomas R. Beaumont  Esq.                                                Newcastle  3rd May  1799

Dear Sir        I wrote to you the 28th inst  to which I refer you.  You will be surprised at receiving a Letter from me at this Place when you expected I was at Allenheads, but, I realy durst not venture to encounter the very severe, cold Weather at this Time, with the Rheumatism in my Head & flying about me; & it is well that I did not, for my Complaint has increased, & the Weather continues very unfavourable; Mr Bell & Thomas Crawhall went with the Lead Stewards on Tuesday, the latter returns on Sunday when you shall hear from me. From the further enquiries that I made, I do not find that the placing a Turnpike Gate at High Team will prejudice your Concerns, & of Consequence does not call on your opposition to the Measure; but it will be necessary that any other Gate being placed on the road to take in all your Lead Carriage from Dukesfield (which I believe that Mr. Silvertop has in Contemplation) should be guarded against. Mr Mulcaster having informed me that the Agents of Sir Thos. Clavering & Miss Simpson were taking in & inclosing considerable parts of Barlow Common in the Parish of Ryton the Property of the Lords of Winlaton; being sencible that a Discharge would not avail & pulling down the fences might be looked on in an inviduous Light, I gave Mulcaster directions to imediately set about inclosing about forty Acres of pretty good Land Contiguous to your Farm; this may bring them to reason, & should either Sir Thos. Clavering or Miss Simpson make any Application to you on this Matter, I would recommend that you answer them, that the inclosure is by your Directions & that they set you the Example,  but that in Case of their desisting with their Inclosure & pulling down that which they had already made, that you would do the like, & join with them, in a Bill for the Division of that Common at a small Distance in the Latter of which Mr. Standish has a Share.       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