Letter – Nicholas Walton to Thomas Temperley – 2 Feb 1781

Document Type: Letter
Date: 2 Feb 1781
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Thomas Temperley
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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                                                   					Farnacres 2d February 1781 

Thomas Temperley

       We duly received your two Letters of the 22d with the accompanying observations and Estimate and since that your Letter of the 25th all of last Month.  The observations you make as to the Borings seem very proper and there seems to be no fear but we shall have plenty of Coal to chuse of after the Level now driving is got up but we hope the work may be done for less Money than you have set down and doubt not yr care in seeing that everything is got forward as low as possible.   With regard to trying the two 18 Inch Seams that may be done at any time after Mayday if the same shd be thought proper but wished like to have your opinion in the meantime what length the Levell would be to drive and how long it might probably be in getting done and the probable Expence. We are glad to find the Slate in the new Level will stand up without Walling.  We would not have the Pit ridded out where the Man was killed till after Mayday, and after that time we shall not scruple furnishing a sufficiency of Props; and in case the Stone Coal does not answer, the demand for Coals till the new Level is got up may be supplied undoubtedly in the manner you mention by working the Main Coal Walls and therefore you are desired to speak to Mr Thornton to reserve us as much of the refuse Wood as you can think necessary for Props both for this purpose and the working the Yard Seam where the Roof is jointy.   We approve of yr proceedings as to the Sinking of the Staple but are sorry you have met with so hard a Stone.  You must get through as well as you can & we must sink as few Staples as possible.  Pray could not we work with a Water blast?  It is quite agreable to us on the present difficulty that you join in the boring work.  If Mr Mulcaster and you think it proper to make any alteration in our Plan of the House Toofall we desire you will do so as you and he will better judge on the Spot than we can hope.

       We are  yr real well wishers

       Walton & Turner

PS We have no objection to yr Joining in the Sinking.

Let Mr Mulcaster see this Letter, & let him know what is done about Thomas Forster is very proper.

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