Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 16 May 1775

Document Type: Letter
Date: 16 May 1775
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 96
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Mr Mulcaster.                              			Farnacres 16th May 1775

      In my last I forgot to mention that a disappointment had been met with us as to the Charcoal which was intended to have been delivered to you at Langley Mill for the purpose of the Trials to Reduce with it and I therefore now write to desire John Turnbull may be sent into the Hag Bank to examine whether we cannot get as much Wood of the proper kind for Charcoal from the Tops of what we have felled such as Birch etc.  (but no Holly) and if we can then to look out for a proper Person to gather it together and make and Burn one Pit for the use of the Mill.  Mr Laybourne or Mr Bell may possibly recommend a Proper Man: if they cannot, desire Mr Bell to write to Mr Jobling of Newtonhall to look out for one for us.

      You not say that Trial has ever been made of the Holly Chips for Smelting with, but if it should answer, it may perhaps be worth while to bring all the Tops to the Mill, to be used as far as they will go, & therefore the sooner the Trial is made the better.   I am in great haste

      Your hble Servt

           		N W Junr

PS If we should burn any Charcoal the Pit should be in such a situation that a Carriage may be got to it and then it may be brought to the Mill in a Coup Wain or Cart.   Pray let us know when you think you will get all ready to begin to make out the Pay Bill (Slag Smelting excepted) because Mr Stevenson and I will come up as soon after that as possible and I think the Pay may be made on giving a Weeks notice  do you apprehend that will do?

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