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To Mr Mulcaster Farnacres 6 Decemr. 1775. Mr Mulcaster Mr. Hilton we have desired to write to Stanhope for Two Smelters to be with you on Monday first and we think it will certainly be proper for them to work at least Two Shifts before our Men Try and what you propose as to the weighing and delivery of that Ore to the Smelters we think very proper. The Eastern Water Race you are desired to make Three Feet wide at Top, a Spades breadth or rather 12 Inches broad at bottom and Two feet Deep except near the Conduit for the Lime Carts and there for about Twenty Yards at each end let it be four feet Wide at Top by 2 ½ Deep. The Blankets for the Smelters Bedding we wd. have you get from Mr. Coats, if they can be had there of suitable kind and with regard to the Happings Chaff Bed Ticks and Bolsters we have given directions to Mr Labourne to make enquiry at Newcastle, and Corbridge where we hear there are Happings made and to let you know the result of his enquiry. We are concerned to hear of Jno. Robson being so poorly & heartily wish him soon well. We are yrs. &c W & S
Happings is a dialect word for bed clothes or blankets. Mr Hilton was in charge of the London Lead Company smelt mill at Stanhope.