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Mr Mulcaster. Farnacres 19th July 1773 I reced your Letter of the 14th instant on Thursday last and now take the first Opportunity of writing to you, since that time. The account you give of the success of the Slag Smelters at Nenthead Mill is very indifferent but as I hear by Mr Hilton they have made a further tryal I shall hope to hear that has been attended with more agreable circumstances. You are certainly right in being silent as to the Smelers Wages as long as they remain so. It will be necessary to acquaint the Lead Carriers with our Intentions as to the making of a clear Pay in October and that we expect they will exert themselves in getting the Lead to Markett as fast as possible so as to be enabled to any time to get all in upon fourteen days notice or less. The Drought has been very great here but last night there has been a Shower and it now looks like Rain. Directions are given to send six Bags for the Peats by John Corbetts Wagon this day. If the Bags will hold each three dozen send that quantity of each sort but if they will not hold so many then fill them with as many as you can get in and Number the Bags so as that you may know where to get the Peats which answers to each number in case any should be wanted in future and I would have you keep a couple of each sort of Peats and tye them together; you will also put a label to each sort with the number answerable to the number in the Bag to which the sort belongs and expressing the Moss where gotten. The Bags must be directed to Mr Langlands Gold smith Side Newcastle or rather write a Letter to Mr Langlands acquainting him you send him Peats by our desire and on the back of the Letter said with six Bags. I am for Mr Smeaton & Self Sir yr hble Servt N W Junr PS I intend dining at Langley Mill on Sunday the 25th inst. abt Two (Sunday next) and taking a Bed that Night & perhaps the following one. Mr Hilton & Mr Stevenson will be with me I expect. If you take off a piece of Bullion on Monday morning the 26th I shd like it and it may notwithstanding be included in the Operation wch will end the 24th.