Letter – Nicholas Walton to John Holmes – 16 Sep 1771

Document Type: Letter
Date: 16 Sep 1771
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: John Holmes
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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To Mr John Holmes 						Farnacres 16th September 1771

Dear Sir

      On the Sixth inst I delivered a Box of Bullion to the Carrier containing 717 Ozs 10 dwt which will I hope come safe to your hands on Saturday first. The particular Weight of each piece you have as below; but as I sometimes find it difficult to get all the pieces Weighed Separate, without losing a Weeks Carriage & as you say in your Letter of the 19th Ult that there is no need of sending the particular Weights, but only the Weight of the whole together after cutting, you will therefore for the time to come receive it in that way. The reason of this trifling matter of the Weighing, being so circumstanced as to give us so little time is that the Carriers which bring us the Bullion arrive at Newcastle on the Friday, that being a Busy day here, generally we cannot, or do not, go to Newcastle til the Saturday morning.

      The London Carrier safe out from that place always on a Saturday morning, and we are sometimes so straightened for time, that we can scarce open the Box and give it a new Direction til the London Carrier is setting forward. I am for Mr Smeaton and Self

      Dear Sir Your Obed Hble Servt

      N W Junr

PS I expect Mr & Mrs Smeaton at this place abt. the latter end of the Week.

My Wife joins in best respects to yourself, Mrs Holmes & Family.

      Oz Dwt

No 1  81 18  good weight

   2  66     good weight

   3  86 14

   4  95  1

   5 109  4

   6 130 14

   7 147 18 good weight

     717  9

     717 10 together

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