Letter – Joseph Richmond to Isaac Hunter – 15 Feb 1731

Document Type: Letter
Date: 15 Feb 1731
Correspondent: Joseph Richmond
Recipient: Isaac Hunter
Archive Source: NRO 673 2
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To Mr. Hunter		15 Febry 1730

I have seen severall Lres from France, Holland & other Marketts to our merchants here, complaining that our Lead is not near so good as formerly, & partercularly what they had last year was so bad, that they say will never order another quantity of it, except they find it much better for the future, I fear there is too much foundation for the Compt. from the Roguery wee have discovered in the refinery Lead, some of the Workmen have no doubt played the same trick wth. the Common Lead wch. tho wee cannot discover here, you find out is found out abroad has brot. this Slurr upon <UB/WB>  Lead, wch. formerly was reckoned equall at least to any Lead sent from England, I recommend it you upon Receipt of this to write to the severall Mill Clarks, & give those in charge, to look more carefully into the Affair for the future the Neglect of wch. (you see) being likely to be of so bad a consequence to the Whole concern, The slag Lead cannot have occasioned the clamour for wee never had so little money one year, as in the last. The sooner you send the Mills accots. To Xmass the better. I am JR

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