Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 23 Jul 1771

Document Type: Letter
Date: 23 Jul 1771
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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Mr Mulcaster 								Farnacres 23rd July 1771


      Your Letter of the 17th instant on Sunday & desire you'll try Mr Tweddles Coals which he says will answer; if we find they prove right we may compare with our own which indeed it is probable will prove the best every thing considered. We must pay for them.

      I think you cannot get the Iron Doors better any where than at Swalwell and therefore approve of your desiring your Brother to bespeak them for us they will come best to Newburn and by some of the return Carriers from thence to the Mill.

      You have been lucky in a Peat Season and I wish there had been more got; however we have now a fine Stock.

      I understand there is an Oven built at the South end of the Housing where the Cottagers live and I think it a most dangerous situation. I certainly ordered it to be set South East at some distance from the whole of the Housing. Pray Mr Mulcaster consider this matter well and if you see there is hazard let the Oven be removed and placed so as to be clear of all objection and til then not to be used.

      I dare say it was mentioned either by yourself or some other Person that it was improper to cool the Bullion with Water, but to prevent all mistakes I now desire that the Bullion may be left to cool without using any Water. I am for Mr Smeaton & Self

      Your Hble Servt

      NW Junr

PS As I shall be at Hexham shortly the Oven had best be let alone using or any thing done further til I see it.

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