SMEATON AND MCADAM Papers relating to the lead mines on Alston Moor, Cumberland, belonging to the Radclyffe family, earls of Derwentwater, and subsequently to Greenwich Hospital.
Lot 66
SMEATON AND MCADAM
Papers relating to the lead mines on Alston Moor, Cumberland, belonging to the Radclyffe family, earls of Derwentwater, and subsequently to Greenwich Hospital, comprising autograph letters by the engineer James Smeaton, autograph letter by John Loudon McAdam regarding road building and other material
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SMEATON AND MCADAM
Papers relating to the lead mines on Alston Moor, Cumberland, belonging to the Radclyffe family, earls of Derwentwater, and subsequently to Greenwich Hospital, comprising:

(i) Letter signed and subscribed by the engineer John Smeaton ("J. Smeaton"), to John Ibbetson, Secretary to the Royal Hospital, tendering his resignation as Receiver of the Smelt Mill at Langley on Tyne and protesting that he takes this step only with the greatest reluctance, 3 pages, a few light old stains, second leaf laid onto an album leaf, folio, Austhorpe, 16 March 1777

(ii) Autograph letter signed by Smeaton ("J. Smeaton"), to "Dear Sir", thanking him and the Board of Greenwich Hospital for returning the bonds issued by himself and his partner, Nicholas Walton, upon their appointment to the receivership, 1 page, glue-stains at corners, laid onto an album leaf, folio, Gray's Inn, 30 April 1782

(iii) Autograph letter signed by the road-builder John Loudon McAdam ("Jno Loudon McAdam"), to "My dear Sir", urging that roads be constructed for the Greenwich Hospital estates ("...roads become an indispensable necessary, and money laid out in this improvement is an ultimate saving even if the money were given not lent..."), 2 pages, on narrow-banded mourning paper [for his first wife], integral blank, the latter laid down, some dust and seal-staining, 4to, Carlisle, 2 August 1825

(iv) Other material, including a letter by the Duke of Northumberland to the fourth Earl of Sandwich, First Lord, 23 April 1776 with enclosed memorandum; a tax receipt issued by Benomy Carr of Hexham to Dame Elizabeth Radcliffe, 1667; a contemporary copy of a letter by the playwright and horseman William Cavendish, first Duke of Newcastle, written as Charles I's general in the North in the first year of the civil war, to Sir Edward Radcliffe, Bart., desiring that Radcliffe lends the King £2000, which is to be paid to "Captaine Davenant Leiuetenant Generall of the Artillery" (the playwright and poet, Sir William Davenant, and old friend of Newcastle's since before the civil war), Pontefract, 19 December 1642; a letter signed by Sir Edward Radclyffe, 1635; and other material, some wear, mounted on album leaves

Footnotes

  • 'MY PROFESSION AS A CIVIL ENGINEER' – Smeaton and McAdam in the service of the Royal Hospital Greenwich. The Hospital Commissioners worked only one of the thirty-two mines on the moor, the others being leased out; with Smeaton constructing a smelting mill at Langley to process lead mined locally, and McAdam later being commissioned to survey roads in the area.
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