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To Mr John Holmes Farnacres 13th Janury. 1779 Dear Sir Yesterday I recd. your favor of the 9th. Inst. and have this day drawn upon you pay.ble 30 days after Date for £223.4.11 being the Amount of 822 ¼ Ounces of fine Silver at 5s/7d p[er] Ounce after deducting Six Pounds Six Shillings for a Watch for my Son John. The Difference of Weight must have arose from some Mistake in the person who weighed the Cake of Bullion previous to its being sent from Newcastle. I am very happy to hear of your Water Works having proved of so much use on the dreadfull Fire which happened at Greenwich and think the Commissioners cannot but judge it necessary to engage you for all future occasions but God grant there may never be a similar Accident. I am Dear Sir Your &c. N.W.Junr. Farnacres 13th January 1779 Thirty days after Date pay to the order of Messrs. Bell Cookson Carr Widdrington & Saint Two Hundred and Twenty three pounds Four Shillings and Eleven Pence. Value received – as advised by Walton & Turner £223:4s:11d To Mr John Holmes London
There was a major fire at Greenwich Hospital on the night of 2nd January 1779 which destroyed the interior of the chapel and damaged the dome above the chapel. John Holmes and his cousin John Smeaton were partners who owned the water works at Deptford which supplied water to Deptford and Greenwich.