Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 15 Feb 1773

Document Type: Letter
Date: 15 Feb 1773
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 96
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Mr Mulcaster.                                   Farnacres 15th February 1773

       Having now examined the Operation for January I find the same is right; and along with this Letter you will receive a Copy of the Operation ending 28th November last, agreable to your desire.

       Your Letters if the 8th and 10th are both come to hand and the Contents observed.

       I think it is clear from the Tryals made of roasting the Ore that it will not be elligible to do any thing more in that way unless we get some new lights.

       As we are so forward with our Work in the Smelting way we need not hurry till the Frost and Snow are abated.

       The Silver you will take off at the time you mention and let it be cut into pieces as usual before the last two pieces came away.

       As to the Water, dont trouble yourself about the loss of it; as we know where it is, we can probably persuade it to come to us again.  When the Borehole is finished pray let me know.

       I am glad to hear Browns people are getting well on with the Leading of the Stones, as I am also, when you tell me, they are Winning the Stones very fast.

       With regard to Coals and Cynders we must expect the same treatment at Stublick as the rest of the Country meets with unless we could be better otherwise supplied.  You have done properly by informing us of the alteration of the prices.

       What you propose about the Lead Carriage will do very well, send only refined Lead

       You have done properly in keeping the Slags of the last 100 Bings of Middle Cleugh Ore by themselves and it will undoubtedly be right to go on with the Litharge Slags and Test Bottoms  til they are finished.  I am for Mr Smeaton & Self

       Your real friend

               	N W Junr

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