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A Copy of A Letter to Mr Gilbert Alston 29th July 1776 Sir, Your favour of the 9th Inst is now before me, I am sorry I was under the necessity of in being disappointed in the visit I intended to Worsley but as I wrote you the 28th March on that head shall say no more now. My Father desires me to acquaint you he would have been very glad to have seen you in Alstonmoor, but as it seems inconvenient to you he hopes you will be so kind as to fix with Mr Cleaver (to whom he writes this day) to have a meeting some Time the first or second Week in Septr at any place you chuse and he my Father will attend you and bring the Plan & Memorandums so as to enable you to Judge (when together) of the eligibility of the several Things he would recommend to proceed with. The reason of putting the meeting so long is that all the Ore raised before last Michs is Smelted the Pay is fixed to be on the 16th Augt as such the Account will be delivered to Mr Ramshay and examined against the time mentioned for the meeting and by that Time we shall know pretty near what Ore will be raised this year and nearly the amount of this years Pay Bill. Greengill Forehead has been much better at a Time than when you saw here but now is poor, The Tryal in the L Limestone has been very expensive & unsuccessfull & we now find the Vein too strong for the Little Sill, as such we are sinking into the Coal Sills to try if she do any better in them which Tryal we hope will be carrd into the great Limestone if you and Mr Cleaver on meeting think right; nothing of value is cut at Garrigill Burn; we have been much hindred with Water at Bentyfield but now have overcome that Difficulty and are getting forward pretty well and do hope the Tryal will turn out to advantage; There is four Veins cut at Howblagill but no Tryal made nor will be till you & Mr Cleaver have considered the Matter: Stanhope is very poor. I am &ca P.S. The Lords of this manor have begun a Level which will be upwards of Six Miles Long & at its termination 250 fathms deep or upwards.