Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 7 Jul 1769

Document Type: Letter
Date: 7 Jul 1769
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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Mr Mulcaster. 								Farnacres. 7th July 1769

      Your Letter of the 12th instant now lies before me and in answer thereto I desire to receive the Silver as soon after it is taken off as it is convenient and all in one Piece. With regard to the Furnaces as they are to be done with Stone I beg the greatest care may be taken in tempering them for if the Fire is not increased very gradually and gently I am sure the Stone will fly in Pieces. We call this Operation annealing? the Furnaces. I am glad to hear we have got some Sandy Clay in Allendale which it is expected will stand the Fire as well as that of Dukesfield; if upon further Tryal you find it will do it, will certainly be right to take a Lease of the liberty of getting it; in the mean time I desire we may not be Subjected to an Action for getting it without leave. I should like to know in what particular part of Allendale this Clay or Sand is got, whether upon the Common or Inclosed Grounds whether Freehold or Copyhold and if not upon the Common who is the owner of the Estate; in the doing of this care must be taken not to give Room to any Person to think we look upon the having this Sand or Clay as a Valuable acquisition. I have tried the Assays and find Guddamgillmoss Produces from 1lb of Lead 2 & 55/80 pts of a Grain which is 13 Ozs 3 Dwts & 9 Grs pFodder; Greengill 2Grs & 70/80 pts of a Grain which is 14 Ozs 1Dwt & 18 Grs pFodder; Rampgillh 2Grs 18/80 pts of a Grain which is 10 Ozs 18 Dwts & 1 2/10 Grs pFodder. I think you are right in what in what you propose Concerning the Carriage of the Lead but in addition to it I would advise that no Persons who have Lead lying West of Hexham should have any more delivered to them til they carry that in, to the Carriers who are to take it forward to Newcastle.

      I send by this Week's Carrier 256 Ounces of Brass Troy Weights and 100 Ounces of the same sort in Lead, all agreable to the Standard; from these you will be enabled to make as many as you want in addition, in Lead. I desire to hear from you when convenient and am

      Your Hble Servt


PS. I am thank God, got almost quite well, but dare not Walk yet.

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The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project aimed to celebrate and discover the heritage of the Dukesfield Arches & lead carriers' routes between Blaydon and the lead mines of Allendale and Weardale. A two year community project, it was led by the Friends of the North Pennines in partnership with Hexhamshire and Slaley Parish Councils and the active support of Allendale Estates. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generous support of other sponsors. Friends of the North Pennines: Charity No:1137467