Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 23 Jan 1781

Document Type: Letter
Date: 23 Jan 1781
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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Mr Mulcaster.                                 					Farnacres 23d January 1781

Mr Temperley 

      We approve of the agreement with Coats & Robson for carriage of the Stones, including Door Windows & Coin Stones.  The Chimney Stuff must be pd for by day.  You had best agree with them for carriage of the Sand, at 2s P Fodder of Lime on which Sand is to be mixed The Slates & Flags, we clearly see must be Ledd by day, and Thomas Temperley it is expected will see that we have proper Fodders.  What is done as to Leading the Lime is perfectly agreable to us.  The cutting of the foundation will be fixed by you and the Contractors, who we expect you will see very soon, Viz Mssrs Surtees Rewcastle & Snowball who have certainly to finish the work upon or before the 1st of May next.  The cutting of the foundation and Levelling the floors is to be at the Expence of Greenwich Hospital, and we are to furnish Lime, Walling Stones, Rough Stones from the Quarry for Doors Windows and Coins, and Slates and Flags Supplied at the Quarry as they are delivered to us at 2s/6d & 2s P Fodder, Surtees & Ptners having agreed to do the work being furnished with those Articles by us gratis.   As Thos Temperley says he will make a cut to take off the Water, that had best be done during the proceeding with the House works & the four feet breadth shd undoubtedly be paved, & a Wall built to keep the Bank up. We have wrote to Mr Thornton to do everything necessary abt the Lime & we beg to know if he does not, as we must not be disappointed.   We have ordered him to call upon you & doubt not he will do everything in his power.

      As Forster is circumstanced we have thought it right to employ James Johnson in carrying the Timber and Deals and expect to pay him the same prices as we have pd for these articles to the Mill. The Deals must be dried as Mr Mulcaster proposes at the Mill.  The Wood and Deals were we expect ordered this day and will be ready for James Johnson on Friday.   Indeed we believe it wd be impossible to get any Timber to Newburn now as the Weather is. We are particularly obliged to Mr Mulcaster for his plan and have delivered it to the Workmen to proceed by but inclose you one which is duplicate as it has been altered by Mr Walton.   It is intended to have two 2 feet Walls one between the Dairy and Back Kitchen and the other between the Dairy & Shop to prevent the Dairy receiving hurt by the Fires and that the Shop and Back Kitchen should be each 12 by 15.

      We are Your Humble Servants

      Walton & Turner

PS. If Forster does not get up the Wood immediately which he was pd for let any of our Carriers that go to Newburn bring it and we will deduct it from his Lead Carriage.

[There follows a plan which is available in the PDF of this document. Annotated:] Contract £85. This to yrselves

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