Letter – Nicholas Walton to John Smeaton – 23 May 1770

Document Type: Letter
Date: 23 May 1770
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: John Smeaton
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66/96
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Part of Mr Walton Junrs Letter of 23rd May 1770 to Mr Smeaton.

      I have agreed for a Lease of a Cellar or Warehouse in Sandgate for Fourteen Years and you are joint with me; we are to be free on twelve Months Notice.  It is for lodging the Lead in and will I dare say hold any Quantity we shall ever have occasion to put into it.  The Rent is £8.8 p Annum and a Person constantly on the Spot of whom it is taken will keep an Account of the Lead  brought in by the Carriers from time to time for £10 p Annum each Party being free on Three Months Notice.  The Carriages may go to the Cellar Door. Mr Peters has prepared a Draft and will have the Lease and Counterpart Engrossed very soon.  We are to Pay that Expence.

      I have desired Mr Holmes to purchase a Beam for Weighing Lead as that we have is not a good one: it is to Weigh one Ton at each End and I have desired it to be plain and rather Stout for the Purpose.

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