Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 23 Jul 1779

Document Type: Letter
Date: 23 Jul 1779
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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To Mr Peter Mulcaster.                     			Farnacres 23 July 1779

Mr Mulcaster 

       I reced your's of the 15th & 17th when Mr Thornton was here but could not write before this time acknowledging the Recet thereof.  I shall be glad to hear from time to time how all goes on at the New Winning and as soon as it is necessary to begin Walling or Conduiting I should like to know what the Open Cast will come to including George Temperley's Attendance.  If the Slope Sides will not stand we must begin before we get to 4 feet.  I approve of the manner in which you propose to employ the Masons, but Thornton tells me that the Slates will not answer as they are too brittle by being dry in the Quarry and he tells me further that no Slates will Stand the Changes of Weather in Winter but what are taken from a Quarry where the Stone lies in Water.  This I Own is New to me and if it is true it is certainly a usefull piece of knowledge.  I however rather doubt the Fact.  Wm Howden cannot be spared.  The fine Weather has I hope got you some very good Peats.  The Silver is safe arrived.  It will not be proper to let George Temperley have any Lime as at present we cannot give leave.  You must get John Friend to explain from what Vein the Bloomsberry North End Ore was got as he has now a compleat List of the Names of all the Veins which are working in the Manor. I am concerned for the accident to the poor Man at Lands End Quarry. I am

       Yours etc  N W Junr 

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