Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 3 Mar 1780

Document Type: Letter
Date: 3 Mar 1780
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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To Mr Peter Mulcaster.                				Farnacres 3d March 1780


Mr Mulcaster

       Your Letter if the 28 Ulto is reced and we are much obliged by the particular Account you give us.  The Expence occasioned by the Quicksand has to be sure been considerable but we may think ourselves well off as it seems there is now no further fear about it we however think it will be absolutely necessary to build up the Level in that part where the sides are firm, beyond the place where George turned out of the Line westward, as that will prevent the Quicksand running into the Drift which it may otherwise do and by that means wd weaken the East side of the Drift which now runs along the Margin of the Quicksand, and no time shd be lost in doing this, as Explanation of what has been said  we give you a Sketch as follows 

[The sketch referred to is available in the PDF of this document]

It will be impossible to judge about a Bargain til they get into firm Stuff and we wish that to be soon but do not expect it 'til the Level is under the Hill where it rises swiftly.  We are glad the men are more tractable than they were, since Wilkins absence.

       The Weather was here just as you describe it to have been at Langley Mill and we are very happy to hear you are well after your cold Stand and severe Blast.

       The Silver we shall send to enquire after this day and whenever it is convenient to yourself you may send the Operation.

       We are Your etc 

       W & T

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