Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 21 Jan 1780

Document Type: Letter
Date: 21 Jan 1780
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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To Mr Peter Mulcaster.                      				Farnacres 21 Jan 1780

Mr Mulcaster

       We have reced yours of the 17th and are sorry to find the difficulty with regard to the Quicksand still continues.   What Geo Temperley has done in sinking a Shaft is certainly proper, but as soon as they have got the work cleared out they shd be exceedingly careful to have a good Foundation for walling and laying of the Flags upon, and therefore if it is necessary on acct of the Softness of the bottom, they shd drive some Piles upon which the Flags and walling may rest.  We think the sooner Geo Temperley gets clear of Wilkinsons, the better, and no time shd be lost in getting such a man as you describe who can work Smith Work.

       As the Frost is again set in, we doubt you may have another stop by it.   We do not wonder at your being so effectualy stopped before, and are rather surprized you got so soon to work again.

       We are of opinion you had best tear out the Ground which Frank Carr wd have been entitled to tear out, in case he had staid upon the Farm, as it will keep things more regularly going on.

       Mr Thornton is to be here on Monday Morning, and as he may possibly come from home on Sunday, you will be so obliging as give us two Lines how the Work at the Level is going on, and he shd have your Letter tomorrow Evening. We are

       Yours etc

      W & T 

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