Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 5 Jan 1782

Document Type: Letter
Date: 5 Jan 1782
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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Messrs Mulcaster                                        				Farnacres 5th January 1782 

       Having tryed the Assays I find they are as follows.


                                          Gr 80ths.   Oz Pw.Gr                                                  

For the last Operation Refineable 2 Assays 1 30 equal 13. 9.12.P Fodd

After Refined                                 6 equal       14.16 3/10 

       Dowgang I have tryed again and find it the same as was before reported which I am sure is 21. 1. 9 6/10 P Fdr

     By Assay the last Cake should have been.       1091. 9.12

and the real produce being                          1110

it is over the Assay                                  18.10.12

       I observe the loss by Refining & Reducing is near upon an Eleventh but rather more.

       I am very sorry the Weather has been so bad for your repairs but hope it will now be more favourable.

       We are obliged by the readyness of the Makepeaces & they certainly shall be preferred to the Nevins.

       I am concerned to hear Tommy Barrow still continues poorly.  We have no objection to the Smelting being carried on as you propose but desire Wm Browns behaviour may be strictly attended to.

       It is desired that Wm Wilson and Isaac Burnhopes Son may have as much Lead as you can provided they come at times when the Weather suits to save the Roads and I desire that may be a rule not to be given up you will therefore acquaint Mr Thornton that he must give the above Persons notice that they are not to have Lead unless they come in Frosty or Dry Weather according to your Judgement proper to answer the end as to the Road, and not to give umbrage to the other Carriers.

       I am. Your very Hble Servt

      Nich Walton Junr 

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