Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 10 May 1771

Document Type: Letter
Date: 10 May 1771
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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Mr Mulcaster 							Farnacres 10th May 1771


      We have this day received your Letter of the 7th inst including Two Assays of Lead from which the last Cake of Bullion was extracted as also a Paper showing the produce of the Litharge In point of Weight compared with the Lead Refined and we desire youll make another Tryal of the same kind.

      With regard to the Litharge Slags as it appears the difference in produce in favor of the Hearth is not considerable that our Bellows may be hard, and that the Lead is not so good in Quality as when Stamped; we think it will be well to drop Smelting those Slags, in the Slag Hearth, til further; but notwithstanding, if you incline to make a further Tryal, we have no objection.

      As to Blackshield Bog Coals, get them as reasonably as you can, and such a quantity, as to make a Sufficient Trial; and the same as to Low Stublock Coals & particularly observe the appearance of, as well as the produce from each.

      Cowhill Cross Vein Lead must be Refined. We are

      Your Hble Servts

      N W Junr


PS We send you the Comparison of the Assays with the real produce.

An Acct showg. the produce of Bullion at Langley Mill compared wth yr Assays.

[There follows a table not reproduced here but available in the corresponding copy of the letter contained in the PDF file of this collection.]
The table includes detailed corrections to the table included with the letter of 28 January 1771

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