Letter – Jonathan Hilton to Edward Cleaver – 29 Nov 1776

Document Type: Letter
Date: 29 Nov 1776
Correspondent: Jonathan Hilton
Recipient: Edward Cleaver
Archive Source: AMHS H&H
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A Copy of a Letter sent The Rev. Mr. Cleaver 		Alston 29th Nov. 1776


      I duly rec’d your favour of the 4th Inst. in answer to which I take this opportunity of acquainting you that Greengill West End has been for more than a year very poor and now is so but I do expect to give you a better Accot in about three months at which Time I hope we shall have got thro’ what we call the broken ground and have the Sill sound that we formerly got Ore in and underneath where the Old man has raised Ore in the Float Sill; At Bentyfield (which is the same Vein as Greengill West End but further West) we have good Ore a foot Wide in the Quarry Sill (which is five fathoms below the Great Limestone) and 29 below the Sill which we got the Ore in at Greengill West End, and the Great Limestone Forehead appears to be altering for the better so that I hope we shall do well there; the other Tryals are postponed till the Spring when I hope to see Mr. Cleaver here along with Mr. Gilbert to give directions about future proceedings.

      With respect to the Sparrs I can only say we have been so much engaged to supply a Collection making by some Gentn of Greenwich Hospital that we have not only sent everything we had by us but have procured all we could from our Friends as such it is impossible for us to send any immediately but you may depend on my care in procuring some as soon as possible.

      When your Father Mr. Cleaver was last here I shewed him a Vein Lately discovered which along with some of my friends I had proposed for a Lease. And at the same time told him as you seemingly had a Liking to Lead Mines you might have any share you pleased he then said you should have the same share as I intended having which is one 4th but that I might write you and you would write him I am not inclined to spend much money but as I not only look upon this a likely but an easy Tryal £30 for every 4th will make a full Tryal and as we intend beginning to work at Christmas as must beg your answer as soon as convenient.

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