Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 6 May 1776

Document Type: Letter
Date: 6 May 1776
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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To Mr Mulcaster						Farnacres May 6th. 1776

Mr Mulcaster

      Having got Home last night from London I take the earliest opportunity of answering your several Letters and am glad to find your workmen in a better State than when you wrote me some time ago.

      I would at all events have a new Smelter in the Room of Edward Wilkinson and from the behaviour of the Company to us I do not see it at all necessary that we should be nice.

	With regard to Brown’s Family if they cannot themselves see they are already under the greatest obligations nothing that can be said would have the least effect, we must therefore do what we think is proper by way of having the Work compleatly carried on and in Case that Family should forget the obligations they owe to Greenwich Hospital I doubt not Persons may be employ’d who will be more gratefull.

	I would have you let the Tails, which Thomas Paddison has gone through, at the Price of £9;9;- p[er] Fodder in Case you cannot let them on better Terms, as I have no Idea of anything lying still which we can turn over to advantage.

	I have received your letter giving me an accot. of a Cake of Bullion being sent to Newcastle but have not had an opportunity of seeing it nor have I had any time to weigh the Assays

	It gives me pleasure to find the Lead Carriage gets so well on and I hope you will soon have so much Rain as to enable you to Smelt the whole of the Ore now on hand by the Middle of June or Sooner

	The steps you took towards effecting a discovery of the person who cut the Bellows of the Lead Mill I very much approve of but greatly doubt we shall fall short of Proof notwithstanding a person is now in Custody, but this to yourself

	When in London I order’d 100 Casks of Bone Ashes to be sent with as much expedition as possible but notwithstanding I would have you apply to Mr Monkhouse’s Agent for payment in kind of the 10 Casks which were borrowed of us and to desire they may be delivered us either at Newcastle or Langley Mill without delay.   

	I would not chuse to have any difficulty with Simpson on the account you mention

      I am Yours &c   

      NW Junr

PS Mr Peters is now on his Road for London and will take the first opportunity after he gets there of letting the Commissioners of the Hospital know what has been done as to the Bellows Cutter

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