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A Copy of A Letter to Mr Gilbert Alston 8th March 1777 Sir, In my last I mentioned to you that I was in great hopes we should have done pretty well against Greengill West End & indeed at that time had a very promising appearance in the plate which gave one hopes of doing well in the Sill, but has not turned out to expectation, we have now sunk through the Whetstone Sill and she does not turn out so well as I wished we are now almost at a stand - and at Bentyfield we are also disappointed in our expectation - and Stanhope Mines are so circumstanced that there will be a necessity of your being there & from then present appearance of all the Works I am very wishful to see you here as soon as convenient, and particularly so as the Rev Mr Cleaver says in a Letter to me that his Father & himself intend to accompany you here in the Spring. The few Workmen are a set of very good ones who I could wish to keep but as I am quite at a stand, unless you come here soon to give directions about the further proceeding they must be obliged to seek fresh Work. The Bargains here are let the 25 March Inst so do wish to see you here if you can get here before that time.