Letter – Nicholas Walton to Peter Mulcaster – 28 Jan 1780

Document Type: Letter
Date: 28 Jan 1780
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Peter Mulcaster
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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To Mr Peter Mulcaster.                     				Farnacres 28th Jany 1780


Mr Mulcaster 

       Your Letter of the 24th gave us much pleasure and we hope everything will now be got forward without any more Hazard or Difficulty but I rather fear you have turned out of the walled part Westward too near the Quicksand, I however hope I may be mistaken in this, and that every thing will prosper.   Nothing could be more proper than George Temperleys Proceedings in this Business, but we must be very careful not to get another bursting of a Quicksand upon us, as they are always troublesome Guests.  The Deals were ordered immediately after I heard of your Difficulties.  There does not seem to be any Occasion for further Borings. I mentioned turning out of the Level Westward in a Curve, but if it is done otherwise I don't mind that.   If there is any Hazard of the Stone not standing we must be attentive to it and wait til we are clear.  On reading your Letter over again I find I had read that George had turned out of the Level Westward at the distance of 2 yards but I find it is 2 Fathoms behind the Forehead where the Quicksand burst out which is certainly quite sufficient

       Since writing the above I have reced your Letter if the 26 inst and am happy to find our Ideas and the Proceedings at the Level so exactly hit each other.   I hope all Difficulty is now over; and it gives me no small pleasure to see your Endeavours as to the Reducing are likely to prove so beneficial to our Employers.      I am

       Yours etc

       N W Junr

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