Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 9 Mar 1772

Document Type: Letter
Date: 9 Mar 1772
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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Mr Mulcaster                                            			Farnacres 9th March 1772 

      I reced your a letters of the 5th & 6th inst. last Night & upon the supposition of your getting this tomorrow send on purpose to catch the Hexham Carrier.

      I am told Davidson has a considerable quantity of Lead in hand pray tell him he must let the other Carriers have some of it rather than <> our getting all in as we wish to be enabled to make a Pay as soon as possible.

      Your continuing to think the Smelting the Litharge Slags and Test Bottoms together, will be attended with advantage, gives me much pleasure.

      If you include more than a Months Work for the present Months Operation, tho' it has been before done, it is not so regular, and as our Pay will probably be upon the 7th of May, I think this time we had best make out two Operations and include all the Work in the Pay Bill to the 25th of April which will be the day for the ending of that Months Operation.  After you have done Smelting the Ore cannot you have two Slag Hearths going at a time this I mention for you to consider and wish it might be done if you see no objection or inconvenience to prevent it.

      Rodderhope Cleugh seems to be very bad to deal with indeed, I am however not sorry to hear they are getting Ore there, as in time we may be able to find out its trim.

      You may report the Ore etc reced from Nenthead Mill, as Waste Ore and other refuse from Nenthead Smelting Mill, & you must report Mr Wilsons Ore as reced within this Month wch I forgot to tell you in my last.

      I desire youll send a Cask of Fume as clean as you can pick it directed to me to the care of Mr Geo Carr <F Cay> Mercht Newcastle to lie there til called for.  One of the Bone Ash Casks will do to send it in and youll take care to secure it as well as you can.  Tell Corbett to charge the carriage to Mr Smeaton and me.

      Among the Assays sent in your last Dodberry only is Refineable all the rest being a good deal short.    I am

             Your hble Servant

             		Nich Walton Junr 

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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