Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 10 Feb 1782

Document Type: Letter
Date: 10 Feb 1782
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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Messrs. Mulcaster.						Farnacres 10th. Febry 1782

      We have recd your letters of the 6th & 7th & very much approve of what you have done as to Thomas Ions and the Lead Carriers.  We think this matter shd. not be carried further as we hope what has been done will have the desired effect but doubt that Frost will soon stop the Navigation between Newcastle & Newburn.

                        Oz Pw Grs.

Carrs Ore Lead W of Nent 4.3  7 2/10 p Fodder Not Refineable

                         5.2 21 6/10 p Fdr at 5 Oz  Loss 10 3/4 pFdr

                                           at 5.2   Loss  3 1/2 pFdr 

                                           at 5.2.21 Loss <ab> 1/4d 

Guddamgill Burn X Vein S .end No 2 & 3 Slag 5.2.21 6/10 p Fr.  

                                        Refineable leaves 7 1/2 pFod								at 5 Ozs.

Brownley Hill <of> Do. Cutting 11.10.7 2/10 p[er] Fr.   Refineable 

	From the above it is evident that none of Carrs Lead is Refineable for we cannot expect to get all the Silver or to work up to the proportion of the Assay and probably we shall not get more than 5 ozs. 2 pwt. from any Ore Lead p[er] Fodder the Assay of wch. comes to p[er] Fodder.  The desire you express of having the above further explained than in ours of the 4th Inst is very agreable to us.   We are

      Your Humble Servants 

      Walton & Turner

PS The Snow here is better than Six Inches deep on a Medium.

The above calculations are made upon the present prices of Lead and Silver – Refined Lead being at £17 p[er] Fodder & Silver at 6s/2d p[er] Ounce.   The latter still expected to drop. 

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