Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 7 Oct 1768

Document Type: Letter
Date: 7 Oct 1768
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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To Mr Peter Mulcaster. 				Farnacres. 7th October 1768

Mr Mulcaster

      I have ordered William Laybourne to take off a small Chip from every Pig of Lead at Dilston, which I desire youll run together in a Ladle and make two Assays each of one Pound Weight, as soon as possible afterwards, as I beIieve it will be our best way to send this Lead to the Mill at Langley to be refined in case the Assay turns out which indeed I cannot say I doubt. After you have made the Assays pray send me them by the Hexham Post; and at all times I would have you send those kind of things and Letters rather by the Post than any other way as I am sure to get them when they are sent that way, if Graham comes again and behaves the least amiss I insist upon his being Discharged, as I not only wish that every thing should be carried on with the most advantage to the Hospital, but also to support you in exerting a proper authority over such Persons as come under your direction, which will at all times be expected from you; I do not mean to put you upon being harsh with the Men; but they must Obey your Orders or there will be nothing but confusion. I am

             Your real Well wisher & Hble Servt.

      Nich. Walton Jr.

P.S. I would have you deliver all the Common Lead which is Smelted as fast as possible; and pray press the Carriers to get it to Newcastle.

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