Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 19 Feb 1770

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

      We have fixed to pay the Lead Carriers on the 22nd of March being a Thursday when all the Carriers will be at home and on the day following we shall make the Lead Mill Pay, being the 23rd of March, of which we desire you will give immediate Notice. The Lead Mill Pay must be made to the 18th March inclusive at which time we would have the Operation made out and no Operation for February, it will be that Langley Mill Operation from 27th January to the 10th of March 1770.

      The Lead Carriers who have had Lead in their Custody must be pressed exceedingly to get it to Newcastle before the 10th of March for if that is not done, we mean, if all the Lead is not delivered at Newcastle before that day we will not make a Lead Carriers Pay til Michs. And we desire you will get as Exact an Account as possible of the Quantity of Lead now in the Carriers hands, in whose Custody, and where it is lying; and send it to us as soon as you can get it ready.

      No Lead must on any Acct. be delivered at the Mill til we give you Orders. Tho' you will not find the Operation Papers sent you yesterday agree with those which you sent we believe they are right upon the whole unless it is in the best Operation for January 1770, in the Lead Stock and Delivery. If the Carriers can't get the Lead in themselves they should Hire.

      Pray send us as soon as you can an Exact Acct. of all Lead of different Sorts which has been delivered at the Mill since the 26th of April and to whom you need not take notice of the days of Delivery except mentioning when the Delivery begun and when it ended. Thus


An Acct. of Lead delivered to the following carriers at Langley Lead Mill from the 26th day of April to the  [space left] day of 17 [space left] Viz.

      GHL		GHO		GHOS		GHRS		Total Pieces




      We are Your Hble Servts

      Walton & Smeaton

PS. The Carriers should have Notice to be at the Golden Lion on the 22nd of March in the Morning at 8' oClock

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