Letters – Joseph Richmond to John Bacon – 8 Sep 1732

Document Type: Letters
Date: 8 Sep 1732
Correspondent: Joseph Richmond
Recipient: John Bacon
Archive Source: NRO 673 2
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To J[oh]n Bacon Esq.r 					Newcastle 8th September 1732


      Before I reced your Lre  of the 6th I had agreeable to your Sons desire, made an Assay of 289 p[iece]s of your Lead now at Bollyhope Mils, w[hi]ch is not nigh so rich in silver as the last I bought of you, or the 300 p[iece]s you offered me last year, for it Yields only, as follows, if Daltons report to me in just, & I do assure I verily believe it is -

186 ps oar hearth Lead yields 3 gra[in] pr lb or 15 oz pr Fother 

96 ps Slag Lead        yields 2               or 10 pr    Do

According to w[hi]ch I send you a Computation of its Value as within w[hi]ch if we shall not make a Bargain, may be some guide to your disposeing of it, being as nearly the truth as I can come, if you will accept of £14.15s.0d pr Fother for the whole I agree to give it tho[ugh] its scarce worth the While, & if <so> I desire you will order the delivery at Blaydon in 14 days.

      The Lease of our Lead Mills being expired about 5 years, I am to remind you of renewing & desire your Answer if I may get a new Lease prepared at price of £50 I hope you will think well of being no more than the last price of £40 when the Interest of the sum for 5 years is considered, Mr Blackett is come to an Agreemt w[i]th the B[isho]p, under a most exorbitant price of £900.

      I am etc J.R.

Ps			  Fothr

186 oar hearth Lead abt 12 at 15 oz is 180 oz at 5s 8 1/2d	£51  7 6

 96  Slag Lead abt       6 at 10 oz is	  60 oz at   Do       £17  2 6


Waste in Refinery        2

Remains                 16 Fothers, at £13.10.0 will be    £216          

                                                           £284 10 0

Workmansp in refining & reducing 18 Fothr £10.16s.0d

Fireing, Boneashes etc                    £ 4.10s.0d       £ 15  6 0

                                                           £269  4 0

The above 18 Fothr at £14.15s pr Fother will be            £265 10 0

                                                   Remains £  3 14 0

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