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Oct 30, 1677 These are in answere to yours of the 25 August & 27 Sept wch I had answered sooner if Mr Vermudens illness in the Country had not hindred his comeing up as he intended, and since his comeing up the death of his father prevented my discvourseing with him about the Lead Mines As to the Smelting Mill I doe not think itt adviseable att present to build any for the nature of Oare is such that if it be not a good melting oare there will be never soe much gott by itt as the making of a Milne will amount to. And where the Smelters are not able men they often times burne away 5 or 6 <…> of Oare away in a day And there is <any>thing more difficult then the obtaining good smelters. And oare is of m[missing word] more <ready> in the low Countries then Lead is at present. As to the buying <of> a wood I think it best to re[s]pite it a while for considering the ton of toppeing rests if we should not smelt our oare it is cheaper to buy ready grove timber; besides the multitude of workemen <among> must accumulate upon the like undertaking And this is the practice & <found> by experience to be the best way with the greatest Mines we have in England And is also the advise and opinion of Mr Vermuyden <…> Ptner I desire you would send up an exact accot of the affaires of the Mines by itself because Mr. Vermuyden and I doe use to balance accots about this time of the yeare which wee cannot doe wthout itt he intends in the beginning of the spring a journey into Scotland to visit the mines. And to informe you to take another Mine in another place upon our accot wch he esteems as good as this. If you think to have an experienced man to come over to wait on you to the mines for to advise the best way of workeing of them you shall have on of the best & cheifest of the stewards in the meane time come over to you to informe you how miners are best to be dealt wthall And to advise what furder is to be done in carrying on the work whom you most dispatch back if he comes soe soon as you can.
RH15/102/6/2/175(a). This is an abstract made by Standsfield which forms part of a longer summary of 21 separate letters of various dates from John Lindsay and Co in London that Standsfield drew up early in 1678 (see Lindsay to Standsfield, 9 Feb 1678). Although the writer is not named it is assumed from context to have been from John Lindsay.