Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 16 Feb 1782

Document Type: Letter
Date: 16 Feb 1782
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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Messrs Mulcaster					Farnacres 16th. February 1782.

      Your Letters of the 11th, 12th, & 13th are now before us together with inclosures therein mentioned.   The Assays turn out as follows.

						Ozs. pwts. Grs.	

Blagill Ore Lead              7. 7 -         p. Fodd.r Refineable

Do: Cutting Ore Lead          9. 1. 7 8/10             Do

B. Hill <..:.. ..:> X Vein 

  Sun Nos. 2 & 3 Cutting Slag 8. 6.14 4/10             Do

Nattrass Slag                 7. 4.13 2/10             Do

Carrs West of Nent Slag       2.13. 2 6/10           Not Refineable

      <We> approve of what you have done about the Deals & think that they shd. be turned so as to lye upon the other edge after some time & that should in our opinion be repeatedly done till they are used.

      Except the Walling of the new Rooms we would wish the whole work to be done by day & that the person you recommend may do the Plaistering.

      We approve of the steps you have taken as to the Lead Carriers.

      The Assay Scales we expect would be sent you by yesterdays Carrier but whether they were or not we have not yet heard.   They must be kept unopened till we come to the Mill.

       For the time to come when there is any Eight Stone Lead which proves unrefineable we desire it may be kept and not melted  & cast into 12 Stone Pieces.

      What you mention as to the Bingsteads is very right & we must be at the expence of doing what is necessary to enable us to keep the different Ores separate.  We are &c. 

      Walton & Turner

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