Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 16 Nov 1781

Document Type: Letter
Date: 16 Nov 1781
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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Messrs Mulcaster                                                             			Farnacres 16 Novemr 1781 

       We have reced yours of the 14th & 15th instant this Afternoon and you have as follows the produces from Assay

    Brigalburn      7: 6:19 3/10  P Fodder

    Middle Cleugh  10.15.14 4/10  P Do

    Operation       9. 3.18.      P Do

    After Refined      9.19 2/10  P Do

       The produce of Silver this Operation will be as follows 

    Weight of Silver according to your Weighing. 714: 5 

    Do.     According to Assay shd have been     744. 3.18

                         Short of Assay           29.18.18

       Left in the Lead & Rich Litharge at least  39.18.18

                                           Over   10

       We are sorry to see the produce so bad, it is just 1/8th & a Quarter part not deducting the Litharge saved.

       There was no difficulty in weighing the Small Assays.   It is clear you are right in what you suggest as to judging of the Slag Leads produce in Silver under the circumstances you mention.

       The loss by melting down 84Cwt 2Qrs 2Lbs is in value by computation 10s/4 1/2d besides the labour & being about a One hundred and fourth Part.

       It gives us satisfaction to hear your Ore Accounts turn out right on comparing. We are

       Your Humble Servants

       Walton & Turner

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