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To Mr John Holmes Farnacres 26th July 1777 Dear Sir I was favoured with your Letter of the 21st Inst. on Thursday and have this day drawn on you for £218:17:2 being the amount of 722 Ounces of Bullion at 6s/ . ¾ p[er] Ounce – a half Penny over. I am most truly concerned for the sad Misfortune to my Brother and indeed this further instance among the many that have happened lately shews there is almost no trusting to any appearances whatever and it proves in the Strongest manner how extremely dangerous it is when a Man ever deviates a Hairs breadth from the line of Honesty. I am &c NW Junr PS I am Sorry you are likely to lose one of Your Customers for Silver but the Chasm could not be avoided, for having finished our Work earlyer this Year than Common and not getting new Ore in so soon as we expected we were by that prevented from taking off any Silver ‘til near about the time the 722 Ounces were sent you. I expect another Cake next Week the Weight I cannot guess at. The Bill is payble 30 days after date.