Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 24 Feb 1775

Document Type: Letter
Date: 24 Feb 1775
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 96
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Mr Mulcaster.               				Farnacres 24th Febry 1775

       I have reced your Letter of the 22nd inst and as I have been much engaged since I saw you, and particularly so since I received your Letter, I cannot help being brief.

       It gives me pleasure to find you are so well in the Refinery and I would  have you get on there immediately and refine all the Lead which is ready, both the Lead from the Ore and the Slag Lead, and you may get the Silver Litharge reduced and the Lead refined.

       The Cottages are recommended to be in the places you advise.

       Pray endeavour to find out as many particulars as you can, relative to WB...n  [William Brown?] M...d...ke. F...t.  [Marmaduke Forrest] Th....s R....n [Thomas Robson?]  & H.....y S....h [Henry Smith?] and let me hear from time to time.

       I am satisfied about John Elliot.

       As there cannot be a better opportunity for Barrelling the Axis of the Smelting a Mill Wheel than the present, I have ordered Wm Laybourne and John Riddell to cone to you to consider that matter, and if you find it can be done now, I desire it may.  The Wood must be cut any where close upon the Banks of the River Tyne, in Land Ends particularly and the Trees must be cut about four feet from the Ground or rather six feet. 

       I am Your hble Servt

       N W Junr

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