Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 15 Jan 1769

Document Type: Letter
Date: 15 Jan 1769
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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To Mr Peter Mulcaster. 					Farnacres. January 15th 1769

Mr Mulcaster

      Yesterday I received your Letter of the 12th instant and as to the Paper brought by Mr Laybourne all I meant by not sending it was that I had not a Copy of it nor did I think it might be so perfect as it should have been but as I have now got it again and find it will Answer the end it was as well that Mr Labourne did take it to you and I Join with you in Opinion it will be right for you to have an Operation Book of the same kind.

      For the time to come it may be as well to say nothing of the Quantity of Litharge in the Operations as it will always be understood that as many Pieces of Lead as are Refined so many Cwt of Litharge will be made and reduced into Lead again I would therefore in your future Operations Paper only say

Lead Refined (for instance)

Rampgill               500 pieces

Middle Cleugh          700 Do

Do 1st & 2nd Sun Veins 312 Do  

                      1512 pieces of 1Cwt each produced 600Ozs of Silver and pieces of Lead for Sale 1 1/2 Cwt each 900

      The Money you received was by my Order and I certainly told you in one of my Letters that I had Ordered Mr Bell to pay you whatever you had occasion for.

      I inclose you a Paper showing the produce of the sevr. Sorts of Ore which I desire youll examine particularly least I may have made any Mistakes.

      I also inclose herewith precedents for keeping the Acct of Lead made &c and your Account of Lead Weighed together with the several Operations which you must examine and set right before you Copy them and after you have finished the Copies ab. which there is no hurry; send them here, signed as before directed and in the same manner as those now sent.

      The Slags in the Operations now sent I am sure are wrong as I did not consider of the alteration you made when you made out the Operation paper from the beginning to the 24th Ultimo. I am

             Your Hble Serv.

             		N Walton Junr.

[There follows a table not reproduced here but available in the corresponding copy of the letter contained in the PDF file of this collection.]

      Farnacres 15th January 1769

      Nich Walton Junr

NOTE Middle Cleugh by itself seems to be the best Produce

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