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Document number: 8042
Date: 13 Feb 1860
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA60-006
Last updated: 1st September 2003


Feb. 13/60 <1>

1 furnace in blast, the metal is run twice a day at 5 A.M. & 5 P.M Each time about <illegible deletion> 10 tons, 7 days in a week – makes 140 tons per week – They hope, with 2 furnaces to reach 300 tons per week say 15,000 per ann.

Ore raised by contract & delivered at 1s?ּ0d ½ p. ton? at the furnace. 2 tons 15 cwt of ore required to give 1 ton of iron. 1 ton of Welsh Coke + 8 cwt of welsh coal required to give 1 ton of iron. Propose to employ all coke & no coal. Welsh coal comes in ship direct, without transhipmt at Bristol. Costs 14s per ton at the works? Limestone fm St Vincents Rocks Clifton costs 6s per ton? Seend limestone not yet tried. Somersetshire coal not yet tried, cost wd be about the same as welsh.

R. W. Pittar Esq. <2> brother in law to Mr Williamson, both are lawyers Messrs Sarl & Co <3> hold from 100 to 150 acres from Mr Locke. <4> Slag is sold readily to mend the roads –

Mr Smith manag

er of the works, has used the Northamptonsh. ore in the Staffordshire works. It resembles the Wiltshire in its working qualities. Ore raised to furnace mouth by a hydraulic engine.

Mr Smith built the furnaces?

each cost 2,200£?


1. This is possibly the draft of a letter, or possibly an aid memoire for WHFT. [See Doc. No: 08044].

2. R W Pittar, lawyer for Sarl & Company, canal developers, Seend.

3. Sarl & Company, London.


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