Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 23 Jun 1780

Document Type: Letter
Date: 23 Jun 1780
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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An Account of the Produce of Silver at Langley Lead Mill compared with the Assays from the 1st May 1779 to and with 20 May 1780

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To Mr Peter Mulcaster.                              			Farnacres 23d June 1780

Mr Mulcaster

       Above you have an Account showing the Produce of Silver for the last year from which you will see we are clearly doing very much better since the alteration of the Bellows, and we hope to continue improving but it is quite beyond a Doubt that the Assays cannot be absolutely depended upon.

       You receive herewith an Account of the Over Receivings and Arrears of Duty Ore for last year from which you will observe we have got no less ahead of the Company in Garrigill than 34 Bings 5 Cwt of Cutting Ore which is the strongest thing possible; however it shows us that we sought not to have any from thence this season; if therefore any shd happen to be sent we would have you give Jno Friend a Caution about this as well as taking care to get what Cutting Ore we are to have somehow in such manner as that we may not be cheated.  As to the Bouse Ore I believe in general we get as good as the Owners of the Mines, but it most assuredly is necessary that every attention shd be given to this least we shd, tho' without any intention, be wronged.  You see the Arrears are very trifling except Thorngill and Thortergill Syke and the Companys Mines and during the course of the Summer John Friend shd continue to go so much before the Companys Delivery as to get those Arrears rubbed off and as we believe there is little or no Ore raised at Gallygill Syke & Brigal Burn or however at the latter the Company shd pay off the Arrear from some of their other Mines which produce Ore as near alike as possible in Quality as the Ore from wch the Arrear became due.

       It is hoped that this will meet with you well and with your Cash in safety. We are

Yours etc 

       W & T

PS.  You need not send any of the Vouchers or other things to this place Mr Walton will take them at Hexham on the Lead Carriers Pay Day.  The Lead Carriers shd be desired to be early in the Morning.  We made out an account some time ago of the produce of the Silver compared with the Assays from the beginning 'til last year but have either mislaid or lost it and desire youll look amongst your Papers for it or a Copy which we think we sent you and you'll be so good as bring it with you to Hexham in case you find it.

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