Letter – Nicholas Walton to Anthony Hopper – 3 Jun 1774

Document Type: Letter
Date: 3 Jun 1774
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Anthony Hopper
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 96
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To Mr Hopper.                                 		Farnacres 3rd June 1774


       Some time ago Mr Monkhouse spoke to me to take some Bone Ashes which had been got for the Brownley Hill Company more than they had occasion for.  I could not at the time give Mr Monkhouse a satisfactory answer but the other day I called at your Office in the Side & acquainted your Clerk that if there were any Bone Ashes yet remaining which you wanted to be clear of, as a convenience to you and Mr Monkhouse we would take them provided they came at the same price as we could get Bone Ashes from London.  You proposition is that we should take them at the price you paid for them and that we are welcome to have them at that rate.  The prices we pay for 50 Casks are 

100 Bushells of Ashes at 3s        £15

50 Casks              at 2s          5

Cartage                                10 6

Wharfage                               12 6

   Charge at London                £24  3

Freight etc from London to NCastle

   & Charges at Newcastle            2  4 8

                                    23  7 8

If you chuse to let us have the Ashes at the above rate, we shall stil take them tho' you have put the proposition upon different grounds from what was expected, but if you think the price offered was insufficient, there will be no disappointment as there are 100 Casks of Ashes now at Langley Mill; you will therefore observe that the intention is convenience to you Gentlemen and that it cannot be looked upon Mr Smeaton and I are under any obligation even in your Letting us have the Ashes at our own price. 

       I am for Mr Smeaton & Self Sir Your hble Servt

       N W Junr 

PS. Shall be glad of your answer when convenient.

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