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Part of Messrs. Walton and Smeatons Letter of 5th September 1768 to John Ibbetson Esqr. Mr Errington having applied to know whether it would be agreable to the commissioners of Greenwich of Greenwich Hospital to receive Proposals for the Purchase of the Dues of Lead Ore for a Term of Years, the price to be governed by the price of Lead at Newcastle, he had for answer, that it was apprehended the Commissioners would not take any Proposals for the Duty Ore as they had determined to Smelt and in consequence thereof Agents were engaged who had been assured of the Commissioners intention of continuing to Smelt so long as the Undertaking should be attended with Success. We have the pleasure to acquaint the Board that the Lead Mill has now been at Work about Seven Weeks, and that every thing is likely to Answer. It has made about 15 Hundred pieces of Lead, some part of which is got down to Newcastle. Our Produce hitherto, as is usual in a beginning Work, has not been equal to what it should be by computation, and of which we have apprized the Board in our former Letters on this Subject; but we doubt not that in due time, it will turn out the full Produce that is to be expected. At a Meeting of the Directors of Greenwich Hospital at Salter's Hall, on Wednesday 14th September 1768. The Board approved of the Answer the Receivers gave in relation to Mr Erringtons Proposal to purchase the Dues of Ore for a number of years and were pleased to hear that every thing is likely to answer at the Smelting Mill. At Hexham preparing for and making the Lead Mill Pay the 29th 30th & 31st October 1768. Pay on the 31st.