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Messrs Finlay Hodgson & Co London Newcastle Nov 3 rd 1832 Dear Sirs I have duly recd your ltrs of the 31stOct & 1st Inst ¬e your additional sale of 3000 frs of Messrs Maltby Sons & Co. Of the 5000 p[iece]s 300 only remain to be shipped, & a considerable portion of the last sale will no doubt be sent off next week. I am glad you have stipulated to deliver any specific quantity of selected Refnd Lead of course they shall have what we can conveniently spare but the sale of our Ordinary Refd must not be lost sight of nor the supply to our White Lead Manufacturers. Of the 1600 p[iece]s Ref d they received 600 p[ieces] of selected, somewhat above a third, & they must not expect a greater proportion at any time. I hope now receive Mr Pattinsons Report of his Assays & will forward them immediately to you. I have sent Mr Bt a ltr I have received from Mr Pattinson in which he points out the great necessity of erecting a Roasting Furnace at Allenheads Mill & states the expence at £50. I do not Think it would be allowing him fair play to object to its erection immediately, as we cannot expect any great improvement in the quality or quantity of our Lead if he is debarred the means of effecting it. I shall forward to you the early part of next week a parcel per Coach containing the monthly cash a/c, a/c of sales State of Refy, & Stock on Lie? I expect a piece of Silver of about 1200 Ozs from Dukesfield in the course of next week which shall be forwarded as you direct. I have sent the Silver of late to Messrs Storr & Mortimer & Rundell &Co in about equal quantities. I am Dear Sirs Yr Obdt Servt Benj Johnson PS Mr Donkin will write to Mr Griffith the Bishops Law Agent today upon the renewal. Had we not better to try to get two new lines put in? I believe it may be done on more reasonable terms than renewing one now & another at Mr Trevelyans death, which we cannot reasonably expect to be far Distant.