Letters – Westgarth Forster to John Erasmus Blackett – 7 Nov 1794

Document Type: Letters
Date: 7 Nov 1794
Correspondent: Westgarth Forster
Recipient: John Erasmus Blackett
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 209
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A[llen]heads Nov 7th 1794


      The time of our being down at Newcastle for the subsistance for the Workmen at Allenheads will be on Monday the Seventeenth of this month, when I shall wait upon you on Tuesday when most convenient to you, the sum wanted will be £600 for the subsistance and wood payments against that time.

      My nephew John Forster who lives at Wolfcleugh and has a small farm there, and he and his late father Delivered the Gunpowder and Candle there for this 19 years & looked to the washing and delivery of the ore, he is a very fine young Man between Twenty and Thirty years of age has got a wife and lives upon place, he is both a joiner and Engine Wright and knows the Mines very well I was desired to bring hime up in that way by the late Sir Thos Blackett Bart and he always goes throw the mines with me or my son and such a person you should not loose, he never had any thing but 14£ per year which was allowed by Sir Walter Balckett Bart, but I allowed him the Drawing of the work for the Workmen with two horses which made it something worth his while, should he take it as a most particular favour that you would continue him in the same for Mr Emmerson must have one as he lives at greater distance from te works than I do and it will be highly necessary to have one upon the place and one who knows his Bussiness, as to me I never had one sixpense for Directing the works at Wolfcleugh but gave up the horses so as to have a person that I could confide in constantly upon the place.

      I am Sir yr, most Obt hbl Svt

      Westgarth Forster.

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