Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 13 Mar 1769

Document Type: Letter
Date: 13 Mar 1769
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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Mr Mulcaster. 							Farnacres. 13th March 1769

      I am much concerned for poor Elliot and fear he is in great danger advise he is having the best Man that can be got as a Surgeon. The Bark would it is likely be of great Service to him and I desire you will mention this to the Surgeon he employs.

      If you think the Liddles are sensible of their mistake & they continue to behave well you may help one or both as you see most proper but by no means allow any Man to Stay who will not observe your directions.

      You will continue to Report the Slaggs as usual til the 25th instant and you shall have directions what to do further when we come up, in this particular as also about laying the Refineable Slags together or separate. The Slags now Sunk into the Ground must undoubtedly be taken clean up when we prepare the place for Flagging.

      Let Marmaduke Forest to Smelt Ore when you will.

      I am glad to hear the Washer has got to well forward & and hope he will get a great deal done this Week as the Weather Is now promising and I desire he may continue Washing all or any sort of Ore where after Tryal you find it advantagious and as to the Tails you would not keep them separate further than Refineable & Unrefineable Ore except Greengill Ore or any which seems to be near as Rich. 

      I am Your real Frd. & Hble Serv.

             		Nich. Walton Junr.

PS. When the Silver is taken off let it be Boxed up and sent to Mr. Bells in Hexham to lye there til we see it at Hexham. I should like that Assays were always made of the Lead after Refined as done last time.

The Middle Cleugh Slag Lead must be Refined as it produces near 7 Ounces by the Assay.

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