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Messrs Finlay Hodgson & Co London Newcastle Decr 10th 1832 Dear Sirs I have the pleasure to inform you that Messrs Walkers Parker & Co have this day purchased 5000 p[iece]s Refd Lead at £12-10- 10,000 p[iece]s Common Lead at £12- and 1000 p[iece]s Slag at £11-10- To be delivered 5000 p[iece]s monthly commencing 1st Jany next and to be paid for in Bills as usual 6? Mos from 1st of each month. I was absent the whole of last week at the mines which prevented me replying to your lre of the 1st inst. You omitted to enclose (as stated Messrs Newton Lyon & Co lre or a copy of it. Mr Crawhill sold them a parcel of Hudgill Burn Lead lately part of which has been shipped. They must therefor be well acquainted with the expense of shipping etc The freight to Liverpool from this port varies greatly. In the summer season it is sometimes as low as 12d per ton. at present I do not believe it could be effected at less than 20d. I will obtain from Mr Joseph Crawhall- who ships for Maltbys and some others the shipping agents charges and write you more fully in a few days. In the mean time please to send me a copy of Messrs Newton & Co lre Messrs Malbys are enquiring after Lead – may we not try a little advance on Parkers sale. I am Dear Sirs Yours most truly Benj Johnson P.S. On the other side we give you the names of the respective parties who are holders of Lead at Stockton, with their several marks. You will see by referring to our last Stockton List that out of the 63,000 p[iece]s at that place 54,000 are in the hands of parties not likely to sell in a lowering market. We must really try to get an understanding with these the only large holders & I do believe an advance may be effected.