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Document number: 7478
Date: 30 Oct 1857
Dating: 1857?
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: COTTRELL George Edward
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 1st September 2003

7 Eaton Place South

Eaton Square

30th October

My dear Sir

I have laid yours of the 23rd Instant before Messrs Sarl – & so soon as you have made up your mind as to the amount of rent & Royalty we will give it full consideration – I may mention, however, that I think the restriction as to 15 acres of land will be open to great objection –

The price of Iron ore at Wolverhampton is constantly quoted at 18s/ This refers to Lancashire ore I believe – at any rate practically no such Sum can be glo got for Wilts ore – In fact at present there is no remunerative market there for it.

I think I stated my opinion that certainly for some years there would not be furnaces enough in our neighbourhood to supply a market for a sufficient quantity of ore to make it a matter of any importance in working Iron fields – & such is my belief – the experiment of smelting has to be tried & as yet is very doubtful as a general business – The proposed ones furnaces at Seend may do very well but there are peculiar advantages there – as for instance the contract which we have made with them to supply ore at a very low figure – Still if you do not arrange with Messrs Sarl I should be very happy to join you in working your ores & with the practical experience I have had could make them do well – but it would be by turning to account advantages which chance has thrown in my way –

I am, dear Sir yours faithfully

George Cottrell

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