Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 13 Jun 1772

Document Type: Letter
Date: 13 Jun 1772
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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Mr Mulcaster.                                  				Farnacres 13th June 1772

      I have received your Letters of 7th & 8th instant and duly note the Contents I have also received the Operation for last Month.

      The Cask of Fume I dont yet hear is come to Newcastle but suppose it is.   I have made no enquiry about it but shall tomorrow or next day. 

      It gives me pleasure to hear you have finished the Reducing Furnace so far as relates to the new Bricks & hope to hear your Refinery Furnaces are going forward in your next Letter.   I hope you will find the new Bricks answer for both sorts of Furnaces very well.   The Anealing properly being a grand point you justly say we must not mind the time spent in doing that.  It widely differs from time lost.

      I am glad Mr Swinburn has been with you as he is to be here on Monday.   We shall then perhaps be able to judge how the Land will lie.  As to leaving it to the Cottagers poor things how can they be expected to judge.   I am clear if we keep the Land, and am for doing that, that it must be divided in some way, but perhaps it may be proper to have two Common Pastures the one on the Northside of the Mill and the other to the South of the Ground where the stone wall was set out by Mr Smeaton and myself or to be set out by you according to your opinion I dont remember which, and I should be glad that it has been set out so as to keep us clear of the Mill reek complaints.  I think it could not be so well fixed by us as by you & have no doubt you have not only done your best, but, that you have done properly, when I see it marked out in the Plan.

      Rampgill Ore has done very well.

      The Lead being now all delivered it is to be hoped you will be allowed some more Sleep in the mornings.   I have been very poorly this Week but have thank God got finely again.    I am

      Your hble Servt

      N W Junr.

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