Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 4 Aug 1771

Document Type: Letter
Date: 4 Aug 1771
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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Mr. Mulcaster							Farnacres 4th August 1771

      I reced the Bullion safe and have sent the whole for London including the small piece. I made the wt. of the whole 719 1/4 Ozs.

      I think from what Mr Tweddell says (I saw him at Newcastle) that the Coals he tells me of are likely to answer for Reducing; he says they are lean exceedingly so and burn vastly open.

It gives me pleasure you are satisfied that the Quantity of Peats are sufficient.

      Directions are this day sent to Mr Labourne to build another Bakehouse at such a distance as to be out of all hazard & I desire youll fix the place yourself; this I have told Wm Labourne you will do. The House already Built may be converted to the use you mention.

      As to the Bricks I realy am quite astonished but as we are fairly in for it we must make the best of a bad bargain we can. If you dont get the Man this week you will look elsewhere for we cannot do without Bricks. The Man might be punished if your contract can be proved and perhaps it may be well to threaten that which induce him to come but after all don't look for him longer than til the end of the present Week as it is plain you cannot depend upon him in the least. Mr Lanourne seems to have neglected this business; indeed I think so and desire youll tell him so if you think proper.

      Both your Letters and the Operation came safe and I observe what you say abt. the produce of Middle Cleugh Ore mixed with Cowhill Cross Vein and also with Thorngill and desire youll go on Smelting it with Thorngill til that Ore is finished and in that time some more Carrs may come in; it is plain we have an advantage in mixing it with any of those free running Ores with which it has been tryed. I am

      Your Hble Servt

      NW Junr

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