Letter – Nicholas Walton to John Smeaton – 23 Sep 1770

Document Type: Letter
Date: 23 Sep 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 September 1770 to Mr Smeaton


      I have attentively considered that part of your Letter relative to the Mill and Mill Agents and so entirely concurr with you in Opinion that I think it cannot be put better than in the way you mention. In the meantime I will endeavour to be informed what the Company have done by getting some Person to make the Enquiry, without you think we might ask Mr Tweedale the Question notwithstanding his appearing averse to let us into the Secret. I should like to have your thoughts on this point.

      Willie Laybourne came here very Opportunely this Morning and I have given him directions about the Ring of the Wheel for fixing the Kamms and it will be made Six Inches thick, and the points secured with Bolts and Nales indeed the latter was intended at first but is not properly expressed in the Sketch sent you. There is no doubt of Room for the Kamm Wheel and we have fixed upon Eight Kamms. The Treddles are at present so fixed that the Kamms take when they come to the Center and we think it will be only necessary to Shorten the Treddles and the Kamms will take hold thereof as soon as they get down to the Center as at present. If we are wrong you will be so good as give us another hint for as to my own part I am but a poor Mechanic and suppose we may misunderstand the matter.

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