Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 20 Dec 1774

Document Type: Letter
Date: 20 Dec 1774
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 96
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Mr Mulcaster.                              			Farnacres 20th December 1774

       Having now tried the weight of the Assays inclosed in your Letter of the 14th inst (which are exactly of the same weight) you have as above the weight P Fodder left in the last Refined Lead as also in all the other Parcels of Refined Lead from which we have had Assays since our beginning to Refine at Langley Mill from those you will observe a considerable difference between the Work now and formerly.  We are sure we need not say anything to you by way of inducing you to do every thing in your power to put the Workmen into a right way, for it cannot now admit of a doubt but that the fallings short of late must have been owing to some errors in the Work.   We shall, as soon as it can be conveniently done, make out an Account showing the produce of Bullion at Langley Mill compared with the Assays and send you a Copy.  We are

       Your hble Servts

             		N WJunr  J S

Assay of Lead after refined at Langley Lead Mill

                   Weight Prodn pr Fodd

                    Gr        Dwt Gr

1769 Febry 8        10/80     12  6

     Mar 17          3/80      3 16,2

     Mar 4           4/80      4 21,6

1770 Aug 23          4/80      4 21,6

1771 Feb 21          6/80      7  8,4

1774 Decr 15        15/80     18  9

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