Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 9 May 1777

Document Type: Letter
Date: 9 May 1777
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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To Mr. Peter Mulcaster					Farnacres 9th. May 1777.


Mr. Mulcaster.

	As we cannot properly determine what to do as to the inclosing the Dam at Langley South Common till we have the Measure round the Dam where a Wall or Fence may be fixed we desire you will measure it with a Chain and let us know the first Opportunity how many Chains & Links it is.   

	The Walling of the Staple as we have mentioned before shall be attended to when Mr. Hilton comes here as also the Nail Rodds.   

	With regard to the dividing the Inclosure for the Refiners & Reducers, you will get it finished without delay in such way as you find most convenient And we desire the Barn may be got forward with all dispatch the Door Cases to be of Stone.

	We approve of what you have done in paying the Workmen for Leading, Winning & Walling where the Work is finished And the Directions given you last by Mr. Smeaton about fencing off the Quarry on the Common are to be observed.

	We inclose you the Pay Bill which is made a Copy of that we have and return you the Receipt which you gave on Mrs Brown’s Account.

	As soon as you have finished the Delivery of the Lead of last year the Carriage as we have desired before must be stopped and the Carriers pressed to get all in, and you will after the Carriage is put a Stop to send us an Account of the Quantity of each sort of Lead delivered to each Carrier.

	Have not yet had time to examine the Operations or to draw up the Terms for the Farmers at Langley Mill to sign.

	Pray be examining when you find an Opportunity who besides the Hospital’s Tenants can give an Account about the Enjoyment of Eatage on Lees Fell, but don’t give yourself any Trouble except what may accidentally fall in the Way.   What we would to know is the Names, & Places of Abode of any Old Persons who have resided in the Neighbourhood of the Lees Fell many years ago, and are now removed to a distance so as to have at present Nothing to do with the Enjoyment thereon.   We are

      Yours &c N.W. Junr.  J.S.

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