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To Messrs. Errington & Ward Farnacres 26 March 1776 Gentlemen Thomas Elliot one of the Workmen at the Lead Mill belonging to the Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital having by age and Sickness become incapable of going thro’ his business, as he used to, and the Work there being increased, it is become necessary to engage another person directly, and as the bearer, who is Son to Thomas Elliot is desirous to enter into the Hospitals Service, not only as the Branch his Father is Employed in is known to him, having himself had some experience in it, but from a Wish which he has to be usefull to his Father by taking on him part of his duty at times when he cannot himself go through it. On this Account as well as its being a Convenience to Greenwich Hospital I take the liberty of desiring you will permit the bearer to leave your Service immediatly if that can be done without inconvenience and in doing so you will very greatly Oblige Gentlemen yours &c NW Junr. PS I shall take it as a favor to have your most early answer
Recipients not entirely clear, but Henry Errington was proprietor of a smelting mill at Feldon near Edmondbyers at around this time, and the son of Thomas Elliot –the subject of this request- was clearly a smelter or refiner.