Ref NoMS 3782/12/57/51
TitleLetter. Matthew Robinson Boulton (Soho) to Matthew Boulton (London).
Date13 June 1791
DescriptionDear Father,
Having nothing of importance to communicate to you this last week, I postponed writing. the gudgeon put in at the mill in order to save time has succeeded very ill. They had scarcely broken down one ton and a half when it broke exactly in the same place as the former, and to all appearance without having suffered any great squeeze. There was immediately a new one cast, and of a larger dimension; it is fixed into the shaft, and the mill is again at work.
From your poscript to your last I was induced to think it would not be advisable to put your commands respecting the additional machinery into execution without further orders from you. They are, nevertheless, proceeding to fitt up another press, and the large screw is sent to Anthony Robinson to be cut.
Glover has recieved a bill for 31£, according to your orders; Mr. Pearson had none of a larger amount. He thinks it will be better not to begin the back wall at the Mint untill you have finally determined the plan. He is nearly finished at the house, but I am afraid you will find his work very slovenly. The smell of the paint is still very disagreable, and I fear it will continue so some time. One wall of the front room being obliged to be fresh plastered is not yet sufficiently dry to be painted, and indeed I suppose it must remain in his present state till after you return.
The mudding of the pool is a most disagreeble jobb. With the greatest difficulty I have found only nine men who were willing to undertake it at the price you mention, 3 per cubic yard. Their progress is very small, and my utmost endeavours to procure more labourers have hitherto been fruitless. The Worcester Canal proprietors engage almost every labourer about the country.
Dumarist has again been confined, and this is the first day of his appearance here. I have urged him to use the greatest expedition with the Druid. When you say that the Anglesy money should take the lead of every other order, I do not suppose you to mean that the Southampton should be entirely neglected. The two presses without spring collars may be employed with Southampton without in the least retarding the Anglesey, for the 1½ ton fo Southampton may be struck before the spring collars are ready to be fitted to the press, and also before the bits for Anglesy can possibly be annealed.
I am this moment going to Mr. Watt’s to dinner, to meet the members of the Lunar Society. I must therefore conclude, and, with the most hearty wishes for your safe and speedy return, I remain, dear father, your dutiful son,
Mattw. R. Boulton
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