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Newcastle 31 January 1728.9 To Mr Isaac Hunter at Dukesfield Sr Recd yours of the 25th in ansr I does here inclose you Mr Robinons’s ticket & beg of you to hasten the lead from Dukesfield Mill to the halfway while the fine weather continues wch the Westhandmen may much better get done then the others get it thence to Bladon & yet if it were at the halfway I should soon have it. In Mr Petr Barnardeau wants 1000 pcs of his bargain for wch he has a ship now waiting & Mr Allgood will make a pay before he goe for Lodnon that money will be wanted for cannot now raise in this Towne much above £2000. Dalton has frequently complained of the ill seaming of the lead at all the mills particularly Dukesfield & Rookhope wch I have often told the mill clarks of. He has brought me in some tryalls attested by Mr Robinson wherein there is 10 or 11 pound dross in smelting downe 5 pieces wch is true is a very great loss & of wch both the mill clarks & smelters ought to be cautioned.