Letter – Martin Morrison to Watkins Maltby Parker & Co – 10 Jul 1818

Document Type: Letter
Date: 10 Jul 1818
Correspondent: Martin Morrison
Recipient: Watkins Maltby Parker & Co
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 6
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      Newcastle 10 July 1818

Messrs Watkins Maltby Parker & Co

Lead Merchants – London.-

I am favored with your esteemed Letter of the 10th instant; and the paper delivered to me, by Mr Parker, to which you allude, remains in my possession. – I beg to observe that the Purchaser of Slag, or hard Lead, Knows it to be of an inferior quality, and pays accordingly a less price for it, nor can I admit that the Mines or the Merchant ought, under the knowedge of this fact, be made accountable for the accidental inferiority (not to be avoided) in the quality of some pieces: at the same time I am desirous to be understood that I shall ever be ready to receive within a reasonable time, any Lead which may be objected to, and replace it with some of the same description but which may be thought of better quality. – We have never given assurance of the good quality of this Lead, for we know it is inferior, & it has hitherto been purchased as suitable for the India & China markets without any objection being made to it there, that I have ever heard of, until lately. In the paper signed by the Merchants, procured by Captain Hamilton for the purpose of obtaining an abatement or allowance in the price of the Lead in question, I observe, the quantity of each mark complained of, is not specified; a circumstance essential if his application is to be successful. – I am etc


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