Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 13 Nov 1772

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

      We omitted mentioning in our Letter of the 7th in answer to yours of the 4th, our opinion of your suggestion of trying what the Middle Cleugh Ore unwashed will do by roasting Viz that you ought to try what that Ore when washed will do by roasting also for tho' so great an advantage is not to be expected after washing as without it, yet without this cheque experiment, we shall not be able to judge what the proportional advantage of each process will be; we therefore desire you will act accordingly.

      We find on trying the Assay of Cowhill Lead that it proves not Refineable we therefore desire you will make and send down a couple more of Assays of that Mine by a chip from each Pigg.   The Black Slag is clearly Refineable.

      The mistake in the Pay Bill may easily be rectified in the next pay, by addition of the Quantity ommitted to the work of the Smelters who were short.

      We inclose you a Sketch of a Section of the Hedge as we would have it done and after you have made tryal by days Works should be glad to know what it will cost P Rood including Quicks.   We do not mean that the back of the Cast should be faced up with Sods.  Pray let the Quicks be as strong as you can get them and well rooted.   We are

      your hble Servts

      W & S 

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