Letter – Nicholas Walton to John Holmes – 28 Apr 1775

Document Type: Letter
Date: 28 Apr 1775
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: John Holmes
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 96
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Mr Holmes.                                     			Farnacres 28th April 1775

Dear Sir

      We reced the favor of yours of the 22nd isn't yesterday and we are much obliged by your information concerning the Holly we apprehend therefrom, that there is room to make an adventure by sending a part of it to London and shall be further obliged by accepting your offer in Brokering it for us; it may probably be some Weeks before we can get it sorted and sent to Newcastle but on Shipping it, shall send you an account consignment.   We now write principaly to give you some further trouble; which People willingly and of capacity cannot escape.  In the year 1766 we had 6 pair of Bellows for our Smelt Mill & Refinery from Messrs Rust and Maylin Bellows Makers in the Minorys: not having any occasion to deal with them since, we cannot be perfectly certain whether the business is yet carried on in the large way it then was, by the same House; which occasions our giving you the trouble of enquiring: and on proper information to order for us a pair of Smelting Bellows of the following dimensions, that is 6 feet long in the Board from the middle of the Joint to the Butt End: 3Feet 3In extream breadth and 1 1/2 Inch Diam. in the Nose pipe inside we would have it made of the best Materials, and expect it to cost somewhere between £20 and £30;  and desire you will learn the price, we should be glad if the extremity of the Nose Pipe may be made to point a small matter downward from the general direction: and to prevent mistakes, we mean the Bellows to be of the kind called double Bellows, making a continual blast, such as are used by the Smiths in common.  The Bellows when compleated, which we wish may be with all expedition, are to be sent with one of the Newcastle Trading Merchant Ships, directed for Messrs Walton & Smeaton to the care of Mr Airey Newcastle

      We also beg the favor of you, as early as possible, to send us down the Tweed Fishery Bill, as it was sent up to the House of Lords, that, if possible, we may see what is in it before it passes the Lords.

      We are etc 

           		N W Junr  J S

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