Letter – Joseph Richmond to William Robson – 14 Mar 1730

Document Type: Letter
Date: 14 Mar 1730
Correspondent: Joseph Richmond
Recipient: William Robson
Archive Source: NRO 673 2
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To Mr Robson		Marck 14 1729/30

On receipt hereof go to Fenwick Bowman & see what malt he has & at what price he will sell, for Mr Blackett has ordered the Cellars to be filled, tho I fear the season is too far advanced to get any quantity of strong Beer brewed, I can buy old malt here, made of the best Lincolnshire Barley for 10s 6d our bowl wch is three Bushels & as I take it will be best for Strong Beer of wch I would have three Brewings you must immediately order Tom the Miller to fetch about forty Bowls, unless you are satisfied Fenwk malt will do as well for that use, & will come as Cheap, but As I have said above I’m of Opinion that South Country Corn are much preferable, however, You may advise with Fenwick who I dare say will be so honest as own it, Wee shall take all the Malt wee Brew for Ale of him, Let Robin come in for the hops on Monday or Tuesday he must bring with him the old Harpsichord in the great Dining Room if he can, or els you must send it some other way safly pact up in order to be sent to London, & I think you had better Let one of the Lads come wth Robin to help him away wth the Old horse and two Ashes, you must brew three Brewings of Ale, & one Brewing of Midling Beer, the Quantity of Malt & hops we allow here to a brewing of four hogsheads you have below wch I think you must observe if you make your Drink to please. Robin Ferrington tells me he cannot come therefore let me know if you can get a good Brewer about you that is acquainted with your Vessels, I think you can only brew three Hogsheads at a time

					Yours, JR

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