Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 25 Jan 1773

Document Type: Letter
Date: 25 Jan 1773
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 96
  • Transcription
  • Comments (0)
  • Change font
    If columns/tables do not appear straight, change font
Mr Mulcaster.                           Farnacres 25th January 1773

       We reced your Letter of the 18th inst with the Operations and Assays respecting Cowhill Lead which you will observe has left a saving of £11.4.6 3/4  beside the saving of 1/4 P Piece Towns dues on the Quantity lost 9 1/4 and Commission also on that Quantity; so that it is clear we can when Lead is at £14 afford to refine when the Lead will produce in the Work 4 oz 17 dwt 1 6/10 grns P Fodder or by Assay from 4 oz 10 dwt to 4 oz 18 dwt P Fodder which is 1oz 2 dwt less than former Refiners have reckoned would answer.  The Cake weighed 182 Ounces only.

       The Weather has been so open of late that we doubt not the Washing goes well on and when you have compleated the Trials of Middle Cleugh Ore, which we desire may be done at your convenience shall be glad to have the result.

       We are sorry last years Ore turns out so badly in the washing but hope this year we shall find it much better.

       Whatever you think Pattinson will deserve you will give him for washing the Tails you mention.

       Mr Rawling will deliver you this and we stil hope to discover something better than has been yet met with.

       The Hedging of the Lane at the request of the Cottagers may be let alone for the present. 

       We shall be glad to hear you are getting forward with the Carriage of the Materials for the Wall.

       As it will be necessary  for Mrs Brown or some of the Family to Administer pray tell them we say so & as soon as that is done we shd be glad to be informed that is as soon as an Administration is granted youll inform us & who has administered.  We are

       Your very hble Servts

       W & S 

PS  If you see Mr Hilton pray tell him I must see him here as soon as possible.

Saving by the inclosed acct                             £11 11 10

Charges in Mr Mulcaster’s acct omitted

Carriage of 37 1/2 fodders of lead from mill 

   to Refinery at 2d                           6  3

Carriage and package of bullion                3  6

                                                   9  9

                                                          11  2  1

To which add

What the bullion sold for more than by 

   Mr Mulcaster’s estimate                                    2  5 3/4

Savings upon the whole                                    11  4  6 3/4

Leave a comment

We welcome further information or corrections on topics and incidents mentioned in individual letters. It might take a while before your comments are checked for adding to public view within the website. We cannot undertake further research in response to questions.

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *


General Discussion
Suggested correction or addition


  Return to search results or refine/create new search
The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project aimed to celebrate and discover the heritage of the Dukesfield Arches & lead carriers' routes between Blaydon and the lead mines of Allendale and Weardale. A two year community project, it was led by the Friends of the North Pennines in partnership with Hexhamshire and Slaley Parish Councils and the active support of Allendale Estates. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generous support of other sponsors. Friends of the North Pennines: Charity No:1137467