Nov. 3 /57Mr Combes,
I am mch oblgd t y. for yr printd papr entitled Facts & informn &c wch seems / be charactzd by gt fairness
As to the deposits of ore on the hill at N.more
Some gentn are at prest in correspce wth me abt workg these iron grounds on a large scale. If that negocn shd come to nothing or these be unsatisfy
be <illegible deletion> endeavr t ansr yr questns to ye best of m as far as I am able to do so, but for the prest feel precluded fm doing so –
I may howevr obve that I thnk this ore might be carrd to Staffdsh for 1 shillg pr ton
less cheaper than the Seend ore. It wd be carried 8 or 9 m. by canl to a place calld I thk Dauntsey whf & there put on wch is near ye railwy – This saves 20 m. of railwy carrg as compard wth the Seend ore.
It is only 3m by canal to Chippm
It wd not be <illegible deletion> good economy to raise only the kind of ore I sent you – There are difft qualities ^fnd here as there are at Seend
Any day ^before the 20th inst that you like to come over & see the pits, with any of yr friends who may wish t see ym also if y will give a day’s prevs notice,
I my gardr will be ready t accompy you. He knows all abt them – Aftr that date I shall be going to Scotld but that need not prevt your coming if so disposd Takg As y distce fm Chippm to Wlvhm at 130 is 129 miles, if the GWR wd carry ye ore for 7/16 d of 1d ^pr ton pr mile or ^say at 8/16 as ye quanty wd ^proby be less that wd come to 5s/5d per ton or say ^phaps 6/
November 3, 1857Mr Combes,
I am much obliged to you for the printed paper entitled Facts and Information etc. which seems to be characterized by great fairness.
As to the deposits of ore on the hill at Nethermore. <1> Some gentlemen are at present in correspondence with me about working these iron grounds on a large scale. If that negociation should come to nothing or these be unsatisfactory I shall
be <illegible deletion> endeavouring to answer your questions to the best of my as far as I am able to do so, but for the present feel precluded from doing so – I may however observe that I think this ore might be carried to Stafforshire for one shilling per ton less cheaper than the Seend ore. It would be carried eight or nine miles by canal to a place called |I think Dauntsey wharf and there put on which is near the railway – This saves twenty miles of railway carriage as compared with the Seend ore. It is only three miles by canal to Chippenham.
It would not be <illegible deletion> good economy to raise only the kind of ore I sent you – There are different qualities found here as there are at Seend.
Any day before the twentieth inst. that you like to come over and see the pits, with any of your friends who may wish to see them also if you will give a day’s previous notice,
I my gardener will be ready to accompany you. He knows all about them – After that date I shall be going to Scotland but that need not prevent your coming if so disposed. Taking As the distance from Chippenham to Wolverhampton at 130 is 129 miles, if the Great Western Railway would carry the ore for 7/16 of a pence per ton per mile or say at 8/16 as the quantity would probably be less that would come to five shillings five pence per ton or say perhaps six pence.
1. Nethermore Farm and Wood, Lacock, Wiltshire