Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 19 Apr 1770

Document Type: Letter
Date: 19 Apr 1770
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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Mr Mulcaster. 							Farnacres 19th April 1770

      Barnatt met us yesterday as we were going to Throckley with a very Penitent face indeed. All the Answer we gave his Supplications were, that we could give him no Encouragement, but should write to you upon it, and in the mean time advised him to go home. We don't imagine that he will ever be otherwise than he has been and therefore cannot expect any lasting Reformation, however if you think it will serve the present purpose to give him another Shift we have no Objection to your doing therein as you would do had you nobody to consult but yourself.

      You say you are pretty sure you could immediately get a Man on applying to Mr. Tweddle. If you think you can fix yourself with one to your liking we have no Objection to your applying. We have no dislike to the being Obliged to Mr. Tweddle , only we would not apply without a necessity; if therefore you think you will loose your Chance of a good Man by taking on Barnatt another Shift, that is til he makes another break, we think it would be unwise in that case to show Barnatt so much Courtesy; but on the other hand you think that you can serve the present turn in taking him on, and give yourself an Opportunity of looking out for a Man to be ready against the next failure,which we cannot but look upon as equally certain to happen as the Seasons of the year. We have as already said, no resentment against the Man, we are only sorry for his own Sake that he has no more government. We are

      Your Hble Servt

      Nich. Walton Junr

      J. Smeaton

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