Letter – Jonathan Hilton to Germaine Lavie – 5 Sep 1770

Document Type: Letter
Date: 5 Sep 1770
Correspondent: Jonathan Hilton
Recipient: Germaine Lavie
Archive Source: AMHS H&H
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A Copy of a letter sent Mr. Lavie				5th Sept 1770

      I take the Liberty of informing you that Messrs Walton & Smeaton Receivers for the Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital are now here. I told them my Lord Carlisle’s Determination about proceeding in the Tryals in Alston Moor and as all the Veins except Greengill West End which Lye in the Ground where I recommended that my Lord should make Tryals have been sum Time forfeited they ordered that so soon as I know whither Mr. Cleaver Joined my Lord or no proposals should be made out for all the Veins of Lead Ore which shall be cut or discovered by carring on such Works at or near Howblagill as I recommended to you at Naward, which Proposals the receivers will send to the Board and recommend that they may be granted according to the Proposals of which being done there is no doubt therefore should be glad to know Mr Cleaver’s determination so soon as convenient. 

      As such Bellows are wanted at Stanhope Lead Mill are made at London hops you will be pleased to take the trouble of ordering them as folls.

Smelting Bellows

                                                Foot  In

Length from the Britch to the Root of the Pipe    10   6 ½ 

Broadest Breadth of the Board                      3   4 ½ 

Depth of the Leather at the Britch                 5   0 ½ 

Refining Bellows

Length from the Britch to the Root of the Pipe     6   8 ½

Broadest Breadth of the Board                      3   2 ½  

Depth of the Leather at the Britch                 4   5 ½ 

Cost as I am informed Smelting Bellows	 £31.10

                      Refining Do.      21

      Bought of Messrs Maylin & Rust Bellows makers in the Minories London; they should be carefully forwarded by Sea to the Care of Mr. Chas. Atkinson Marcht. Newcastle, who I will desire to give me Notice of their arival; may send them as soon as convenent as can smelt no Ore till they come; please to send Mr. Turner to Value and set out Wood for the Mines so soon as he can as we have none at Present.

      I am &ca Jona Hilton


P. I wrote Mr. Cleaver & after seeing you at Naward and have not heard from him since. NB Pipes for the Bellows as usual for Bellows of the above size.
Germaine Lavie 1730-81 was a lawyer in Putney, London. Originally from Bearn in France; agent for Lord Carlisle at Castle Howard and Naworth.

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