Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 10 Feb 1781

Document Type: Letter
Date: 10 Feb 1781
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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Mr Mulcaster                         					Farnacres 10 February 1781


       Not having had an opportunity of examining strictly any of your operations since the ending of last year's Account till within those two Days we now send as follows our notes on several Errors.

       We observe that the Total quantity received from Rampgill agrees with the General Acct of Ore reced from that Mine wch is 544 Bings of Bouse Ore and 1<3 [or] 8> Bings 2Cwt of Cutting Ore; but by the Operations ending the 27 May and 24 June there are only set down in the former 74.4 and in the latter 76.2 which make together only 150.6 but till it was altered you had it 250.6 which we suppose is right and that either the 74.4 should have been 174.4 or the 76.2 shd have been 176.2.    There are none of the Operations altered as to Rampgill Quantity but that of the 24 June.  There is also another error as to Rampgill, or otherwise there has been less reced than set down in the General Acct by 100 Bings for in the Operation ending the 24 June you set down only 122.2 as Stock which is right if there was only 150.6 reced to that time but if there was 250.6 reced the Stock ought to have been 222.2 and ought in the last Case to be 100 more than it is in all the Operations afterwards.

       	In Operation ending 29th July you had set Blagill Quantity upon Thorngill West End Line Thorngill West End upon Middle Cleugh, Middle  Cleugh upon Scaleburn Moss & Scaleburn Moss upon Rampgill those mistakes we have rectified except Rampgill; and you will also observe that we have made an alteration in Old Cowslitts Line, 23.4 Bouse & 5 Cutting agreeing with the Genl Acct.  The figures below in pencil 25 Bouse and 3.4 Cutting are wrong & may be taken out. 

       In Operation ending 30 Septemr: there wanted the words Black Slags Smelted - which we have added.

       In Operation ending 25 November you had 63.4 Bouse and 7.2 Cutting at Scaleburn Moss; at Guddamgillburn X Vein S.End No. 283 - 17.4 Bouse & 1.6 Cutting; and at Cowslitts all Bouse and they shd all have been as you will see they are altered which makes them agree with the General Account of Ore reced from all the Mines last year.    In the same Operation you had 296.3.2 which ought to have been 246.3.2 if the Quantities saved are right set down & youll observe the remaining Operations have each of them been 5O Cwt too much set down & that we have rectified those Errors.

       We have herewith sent you all the Operations for your examination and desire youll set those we send all right as also those you have for yourself.  The last Operation is wrong either in the delivery or the Stock of Refined Lead Ninety Seven Pieces.

       All the Blanks for Silver are filled up with the right Quantities. 

       We are Your Humble Servants

       Walton & Turner

PS. Pray return all the inclosed Accounts at any time convenient as we are not in a hurry about them.

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