Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 8 Aug 1769

Document Type: Letter
Date: 8 Aug 1769
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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Mr. Mulcaster                                                 				Farnacres 8th August 1769

      As the Small Quantities of Ore you mention are much in your way and look as if they would do without Washing it will certainly be right to get them Smelted but in future I desire youll take care not to Smelt Ore which requires Washing; I certainly should have liked that all the Old Ore was Smelted before the New was begun with, but surely you never could understand me that you were to Smelt the Old Ore if it appeared unfit for Smelting. I must now beg of you not to follow directions when you can give a good reason and sufficient for not following them & such I think you had ready in the present Case supposing you had directions, but I dont recollect you had; indeed as you are upon the Spot and see how things turn out you must necessarily be the best Judge, and as we put an entire confidence in you and have not the least doubt of your doing your best on all Occasions you ought often to Judge for yourself, without consulting us, however it will be proper at such time just to inform us what you have done.

      I shall be glad to hear the Furnace continues good .

      I cannot try the Assays you last sent til the Arrival of the Assay Scales which I sent to London to get Cleaned & Adjusted.

      The Operation Paper is come safe & also the Account of Stock at the Mill.

      If there is one Henry Arthur employed at Langley Mill as a Carriage. Man or in any other way, dont let him have any Money on Account unless you have particular Orders for that purpose. I am

             Your Hble Servt


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