Letter – Nicholas Walton to John Salter – 27 Apr 1768

Document Type: Letter
Date: 27 Apr 1768
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: John Salter
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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To Mr John Salter 						Farnacres. 27th April 1768

Dear Sir

      The Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital having determined to Smelt their Duty Ore and to extract the Silver from the Lead which is refineable, we shall want about 100 Casks of Bone Ashes annually for that purpose each containing two Winchester Bushels of loose Ashes. We yesterday wrote to Mr. Holmes, Watchmaker near Somerset House, a friend of Mr. Smeatons desiring he would enquire out the principal Makers of Bone Ashes, that we should want the Quantity abovementioned annually; and if convenient to him, that we should be glad that he might buy any number of Casks from 20 to 100, in which case he was to give Notice to you, but as Mr Holmes is very much engaged, and particularly at present, we should be much obliged by your calling upon him, and after you hear from him where the Makers of Bone Ashes are to be found youll be so kind as purchase the aforesaid Quantity as soon as you can with convenience, and that you'll Ship them directed to us to the care of Mr. Airey, and we will immediately remit you the Value. They must be kept dry. We are

      Sir your most Hble Servts

      Walton & Smeaton

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