Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 31 Mar 1780

Document Type: Letter
Date: 31 Mar 1780
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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To Mr Peter Mulcaster.                              				Farnacres 31 March 1780

Mr Mulcaster

       I have reced your Letter of the 25th,26 & 27 and am realy very much concerned that the Level Works get on so badly, but stil hope our difficulties are at an End.

       What you have done as to Thomas Temperley is quite proper; and also what you mention as to the Slates, and therefore desire they may remain at the Quarry; but with regard to the Stones desire they may be got to the place as soon as convenient for tho' it is possible we may be frighten by the Appearance of the Estimates, yet the Stones being brought to the place cannot do any Harm.  We must suspend all determination 'til our being together upon the Spot when every thing may be properly settled and in the mean time it wd not be amiss to close up or repair on the Breach in the Thatch so as to prevent any immediate Injury.  At all Events let the Stones be got ledd.  The Garden Wall had best be deferred.  I am glad to hear the Walls are so near being compleated.  The Founders are undoubtedly the stupidest of all Mortals - the directions I gave were exactly according to your Sketch; but they cannot do twice right together in any thing.   If you think the Inconvenience will be so great as that we had better have the Stamps returned I desire they might be sent back again, but rather wish you to take them, if that can properly be done, I mean without loss to the Undertaking at Langley Mill.   There is not the least Objection to your carrying on the Operation to the 1st April.  I am sorry on every Account that we should again fall short in the Reducing, but it is a certain Fact that there is always (or has at least always been so with us) a better produce from Slag Litharge than from the other kind of Lead but not so great a difference as their Produce is compared with the former one.

       Nothing more could be wished to be done by Geo. Temperley under the Circumstances you mention & I realy flatter myself you'll be able to give me a good Acct in your next.  I am 

       Your etc

       N W Junr PS

As this further difficulty is come in the way I wish the Level Acct not to be closed til we get thro' the Quicksand and fairly into the Stone.

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