Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 3 Mar 1782

Document Type: Letter
Date: 3 Mar 1782
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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Messrs. Mulcaster


      I dare say it is not necessary for me to desire you not to have the Stamp Mill at Work ‘till the Wall of the Refinery is rebuilt and even after that, the Stamp work must stand ‘till all is got well set and steady.   I shall order two Bushels of Tarras to set the Hewn work in & possibly you may receive it by tomorrow’s Carrier.   When it is used the following directions must be observed

	Take two parts Tarras Two Parts fine fresh Powder of Lime  One Part fine Slag perfectly clean – Mix the whole well and in making up only use as much Water as will bring the Materials to a Tough Pasty Substance fit for laying on with a Masons Trowel.	

The Hewn Stone only for the Wheel Case is to be set in this Mortar and I expect 2 Bushels to be more than you will want so if any is left take care and keep it dry & if none comes use Smithycam and Slags.   As I suppose the outer Leaf has not fallen quite to the height of the Wall if that is so the hanging part had best be propped with some refuse stuff to prevent further falling but you must take care not to beat or force anything which may have a tendency to push the Hewn Wall in upon the Wheel.

      I am Your humble Servant

      Nichs Walton Junr.

PS James continues much the same.						
James, as the next letter, of 5th March, shows, is James Mulcaster.   Tarras is a volcanic tufa used in making waterproof mortar.

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