Letter – Isaac Hunter to Thomas Maughan – 22 May 1780

Document Type: Letter
Date: 22 May 1780
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Recipient: Thomas Maughan
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Mr Thos. Maughan N.House 				Dukesf[iel]d 22d May 1780

D'r S'r

I was sorry to find when at Rookhope Mill the 19th inst. that the Ore we are getting f[ro]m your Mines is no better dressed than what was sent the latter end of last year. I therefor beg that you'll give such Orders as will prevent my troubling you with further complaints on that head for I am certain that what's sent this Spring f[ro]m Middlehope that we cannot make a Ton of Lead f[ro]m 6 Bings of it, and what has been sent f[ro]m the other Mines is not a great deal better - the Mill produce will make a very poor Figure at Christmas in case there's  not a great alteration in the Quality of the Ore thats to send from what has already come to the Mill this Season.  

I am glad to find that there's some call for Lead & would hope that the prices are advancing also, w[hi]ch may case the Pays to bee a little sooner; for Mr Blackett wants all the Com[m]on Lead to markett & to know what we can Smelt & send him there before the latter end of Aug't  I desire you'll hasten the Ore that you have at the several Mills that's not refinable to the Mill before the time mentioned that the Smelters may be less smelting of com[m]on Ore till the last week of Aug't. We have at the Mill (I think) what will keep them smelting till the latter end of June so if you can send in 12 or 13 hundred between then & last of Aug't I shall be able to send Mr Blackett the No. of p[iece]s I have proposed against the time, but if you think you cannot send the above quantity of Com[m]on Ore that will keep the Smelters going till then would be glad to hear from you soon that I may acquaint Mr Blackett of the quantity we shall fall short.

I am yrs &c IH

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