Letter – Nicholas Walton to Thomas Temperley – 21 Oct 1781

Document Type: Letter
Date: 21 Oct 1781
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Thomas Temperley
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 97
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Thomas Temperley                       						Farnacres 21 Octo 1781

       Last night I wrote to Messrs Mulcaster and acquainted them that Michael Lumley, his Son, & another Workman wd set out this Morning and wd be at the Mill this Evening & I desire that every thing may be done to get forward the Work with all Expedition.   Stokoe & Howdon are to be employed, so I expect the Work will soon be got finished.  The Iron Work for the Door will come by tomorrow's Carrier and the Door on Friday.  Good Cement or Mortar is necessary in that part of the Oven which is exposed to Fire.  They use here a kind of loamy Sand mixed with Lime which binds and becomes as hard as Stone or Brick, but as we cannot have this Loam at Langley Mill, great care must be taken to have the best Materials which the neighbourhood of Langley Mill will afford and in this Messrs Mulcaster, you and Mich. Lumley must consult together.  The utmost care must be taken in annealing the Oven & the Fire applied very slow at first, & very gradualy increased for many Days before it will be fit for burning Cynders in, & I doubt not your Care & Attention to all those Matters.  Michael Lumley has built several  Cynder Ovens & therefore knows well the Construction, & he has a Plan & Section with all the necessary Measures thereon for his Government.

       I am Your Humble Servant

       Nich Walton Junr

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