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A Copy of a Letter sent Mr. Lavie 23rd Dec 1773 Sir, I wrot you of the 17 Last Month of our having got some good Ore at Stanhope in what we called a flat & did not then expect getting any Tryal of the Vein before Lady Day but having lattly having had a few Days of Hard Frost which Dryed up the Day Watter we got a small Tryal of the Vein which looks well so far as we have seen the other Day we had the good Fortune to cut one of the Veins at Greengill West End but has got no further Tryal than cutting a cross thorough the Vein and in that place she is exceeding good so that Stanhope & Greengill West End is at present boath in a flourishing way & may they Reimburse his Lordship the Money that has been Expended is my sincere wish. I am &c Jona Hilton P.S. I intend being at NewCastle on the 20 to draw on you for what Cash I wanted to make the Pays but I recd a Letter from the Gentleman that Bought the Lead that it was not convenient for him at that Time to pay I have therefore Postponded my Journey till the beginning of Jany but shall take care to give you proper Notice when I draw.