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To Mr John Holmes. Farnacres. July 7th 1769 Dear Sir Your favor of the 1st instant came in due course and the contents are observed. As I think it will be quite right by way of keeping the Accounts distinct, not to draw for the Value of the two dirtied Pieces til it is known what they lose in melting I shall defer sending you a Bill for their Value til I hear again from you but as to the large Piece 328 Ounces and 5 Dwts I have this day Drawn upon you for its Value at the Rate of 5s/11 1/2d P Ounce amounting to £97.15.10 and for Carriage of the three Pieces. 11. 6 [Total:] £98. 7. 4 [added in margin:] See Copy of Bill on Page 52 I have made the Bill Payable Ten Days after Date & I believe we shall seldom if ever draw at a Shorter Date. Youll be so Obliging as buy a pair of Scales such as you mention and have them ready at your Shop til called for, and the Value may be deducted out if the Bill we draw upon you for the two dirtied Pieces of Silver. I have had the misfortune to fall from my Horse wch now confines me to my Room but thank God I look upon myself to be out of hazard and hope to get abroad again in a week or Ten Days. I am Your most Hble Servt. Nich. Walton Junr. P.S. A Friend of Mr Smeatons & mine has applied to you by way of Mr Hawthorn for a Wath [watch?]; the Gentlemans Name is Stewart; he desires it may be of the same sort as my Horizontal one, and insists that your Name shall be upon it. NB Mr Salter wrote to, desiring he would call upon Mr Holmes and send the above Scales to Newcastle.