Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 12 May 1782

Document Type: Letter
Date: 12 May 1782
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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Messrs. Mulcaster							Farnacres 12 May 1782.

      Your letters of the 7th & 8th as also the Scrap of Paper sent me from Ravensworth Castle are now before me.

	The Matter as to the carriage of Sir Thomas Blacketts Wood & Coals we have determined not to intermeddle in.

	We approve of your having begun to smelt, but no Lead must be delivered ‘til we give you Directions; 10,300 pieces of Lead have been reced at the Warehouse but as 4 of them which were discovered at Newburn by the Flood of the 11th March last had the Date of 1771 upon them, it is clear that, of last years Quantity, 4 pieces are short.

	It wd. be very agreable to us to have more Workmen set on at Thortergill Syke, and therefore, if you have opportunity, we wd. be glad to have you mention this Matter to Messrs. Hilton & Friend.

	We cannot object to Wm. Thirlwells Step as he certainly has had considerable Loss on the Acct. you mention.

	We are glad to hear that the new Building has got so well on, and very much approve of the Steps Mr. Peter Mulcaster has taken as to the Chimneys.   It will be right to let Mr. Richardson know now & then how the Building gets on.

	What you are doing as to the Bingsteads is perfectly right.

	We shd. be glad to encourage Snowdon the Plaisterer, and will consider that when at the Mill.

	The Pay Bills we hope will come by Tuesdays Post, or otherwise we shall be put to great inconvenience.

	We are surprised that neither the Iron or Gunpowder are arrived but suppose the true Reason is that there is no back Carriage from the Mill.  We are very glad to find there is no reason to send any old Cast Iron from the Mill; we certainly cannot do better than use it ourselves.

	When we come to the Mill, we shd. be glad you wd. have Memorandums in Writing of every thing which we are to determine upon or give Directions about and amongst the rest desire you will set down Thomas Frenches Proposal about the furnishing Coals to Nent Force Shop and Snowdon the Plaisterer.

	The Errors in the Operation ending the 30th.  March being rectified there is not the least hurry about, and before we come to the Mill, we will examine that ending the 27th. Ulto. We are    Walton & Turner 							

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