Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 15 Nov 1771

Document Type: Letter
Date: 15 Nov 1771
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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Mr Mulcaster							Farnacres 15th November 1771

      I have examined all your Operations from the 6th April last to the ending of the last Operation and have made several alterations to correspond with which, in case you find them right, I desire you will correct the Originals now in your hands as follows.


Operation ending 25th May 

Test bottoms smelted prod for refining 1cwt each 80 pieces

1260 pieces of 1 cwt each produced silver 447 ¾ oz

Test bottom lead 1 cwt 245 pieces

Thortergill Sun Vein cutting  7 4/5 cwt


These last alterations must be made because no Ore whatever has been delivered from Thortergill Vein this year.  So you must alter your Operations so as to show that the whole of the Ore reced from the Thortergills has been from the Sun & Cross Veins.

                      Thortergill Sun & Cross Vein & Fletcherass 55Bings 3Cwt

Operation ending 29th June.   

Only add Sun Vein to Thortergill in the Accts of Ore brought in and strike the first word [underscored: ‘and’] out in the Acct of Stock at the Thortergill & Fletcherass.

Operation ending 27th July.     

Add Sun Vein to Thortergill in the Accts of Ore brt. in and strike the second Thortergill out in Accts of Stock of Ore at the Thortergills & Fletcherass so as to make the line read Thortergill Sun & Cross Veins & Fletcherass.  

1827 pieces of 1Cwt each prod. Silver 719 1/4 Ounces.

Operation endg. 31st Aug  Do as last directed about the Thortergill Veins.

764 pieces of 1Cwt each prod. Silver 717 1/2 Ounces

In Acct of Ore brought in 

Rampgill Bouse 100 Bings 4Cwt Cutting 37 

instd, of Bouse 100. Cutting 37.4

Operation endg. 23 Septemr.        Same as lastment abt Thortergill Veins.

You have the Ore of Carrs & Middle Cleugh mixed 

141 Bings 2Cwts shd be 241.2. Total of Ore Smelted you have 219.6 shd be 319.6   This is in Acct of Ore Smelted.

1428 Pieces of 1Cwt each prod Silver 642 3/4 Ounces

Oct 26th Operation     

Observe directions as to Thortergill Veins as ment[ione]d for Operation ending 29th June.

In Acct of Ore brought in you have Middle Cleugh Sun Veins Bouse 5Bings Cutting 13 Bings 2 Cwt shd be Bouse 5 Cutting 13.4.  In sd Acct you have Rampgill Bouse (7 Cwt formerly charged cutting shd been Bouse) shd be Rampgill Bouse without the Parenthesis as the alteration made in Operation end 31st August sets Rampgill Quantity quite right with Mt Hilton's Acct.

You observe the above alterations dont affect the whole Quantity brought to the Mill in the least & are only made to correspond with Mr Hilton's Ore Acct.

Instead of Thorngill Hush make your Operation Thorngill East End; and Thorngill as you have it, must be made Thorngill West End.  There is no Hush at Thorngill now.

      There is one difference between your Acct & Mr Hilton's which I cannot reconcile til I hear from you.


                                             Bouse Cutting together

    In his Acct of Carrs Ore he makes delivered 301   11.6   312.6.  In your Acct you reckon to have reced at Langley Lead Mill 

in September                                    243    5.2

   October                                       52.6 11.6

                                      Total     295.6 17


                                      Together  312.6.  

      wch agrees with Mr Hilton's Total Quantity only you have 5.2 of Cutting Ore more & 5.2 of Bouse less than he has.   I wish to have this settled between you & Mr Hilton and to hear from you about it but I am not in the least hurry and therefore take your time and let me hear from you when it is convenient to you.  

      I am for Mr Smeaton & Self Your Hble Servt

      N W Junr

PS I omitted to mention that in your Stock of Ore last Operation you reckon you have Thortergill East End 3 Bings and have nothing as Stock for Thortergill West End which is certainly wrong as you received 1B 4C of Bouse & 5B 6C of Cutting Ore from Thortergill West End in October which is not yet Smelted therefore your Stock of Thortergill East & West End shd be 10.2 so upon that line where Thortergill Hush 3B stands strike out Hush and add      East and West End & make the figure 3 in the Bing Column 10 and the Blank in the Cwt Column 2.

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