Document ReferencePl C 27/70/1-2
TitleLetter from Sir John Dalrymple, Edinburgh, Scotland to [W.H.C. Bentinck] 3rd Duke of Portland; 27 Dec. 1785
Date27 December 1785
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionResponding to a letter and apparently a request of help from the duke; gives explanation of his business involvement in the coal industry, with details about the process of extracting cinder and the markets available for cinder; describes how his profit is obtained; mentions other individuals, such as Lord Sheffield, who could give their experience; recommends that he does not set up business in his own name 'because all great men are cheated in the detaill of business'; refers to prospects and Welbeck and offers to call there on his way south in the spring; mentions various business associates, and places where the industry is carried on.
Termmining, coal

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA40432Cochrane; - (fl 1785); Captainfl 1785
NA40140Baker; John Holroyd (1735-1821); 1st Earl of Sheffield1735-1821
NA40433Dalrymple; - (fl 1785); Colonelfl 1785
NA33637Crichton; Patrick Macdowall- (1726-1803); 6th Earl of Dumfries1726-1803
NA40434Hamilton; - (fl 1785); Mrfl 1785
NA40418Magill; John Hamilton-Dalrymple- (1726-1810); 4th Baronet; formerly John Dalrymple; Baron of the Exchequer; succeeded as Baronet 17711726-1810
NA905Bentinck; William H.C. Cavendish- (1738-1809); 3rd Duke of Portland; succ. 17621738-1809
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