Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 6 Jan 1775

Document Type: Letter
Date: 6 Jan 1775
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 96
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Mr Mulcaster.                        			Farnacres 6 January 1775

      I have reced your Letter of the 21st January [underlined: ‘1774’] and I am glad you got well home and found that Wilkinson was in a fair way of recovery and I think it will certainly be right to keep him from work as long as we can do it without real inconvenience & after he does come he ought to be cautioned to be careful.

      It happened that I was, I find, rather Prophetical in what I said respecting Craig but it looks as if his want of health was the only occasion for leaving us and he is undoubtedly excusable in taking any step which he thinks likely to prolong his days.

      The Work now most assuredly requires rather a Workman of experience than a learner & therefore the necessity of the thing must occasion our getting such a Person; indeed we see upon all things of this kind that other People are not so scrupulous as we are and if we don't take such steps as to be enabled to have proper Workmen, we shall none of us have any credit in the Undertaking I would however have us to be careful, but not so scrupulous to others as to neglect ourselves and upon the whole I look upon it under the present circumstances to be justifiable to take such proper Person as thinks himself at Liberty to offer himself to us, and consequently it must be understood that you shd contrive to have it known in the Country that a Man is wanted but this with as little bustle as possible at the same time I would not on any Account  have it considered as conveying a Secret.

      I have acquainted my Father with what you mention as to your Nephew and he will expect to hear from some of you soon.     I am

      Your Hble Servt

            	N W Junr

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