GOLDEN COAST. Lallemant, metallurgist in... - Lot 121 - Conan Belleville Hôtel d'Ainay

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GOLDEN COAST. Lallemant, metallurgist in... - Lot 121 - Conan Belleville Hôtel d'Ainay
GOLDEN COAST. Lallemant, metallurgist in Froivent (commune of Leuglay) where is established a blast furnace with two fires and a foundry. 10 letters to Michel, king's secretary in Dijon. Froivent, Villotte and Auberive, 1714-1715. 26 pp. in-4. Addresses on the back. Interesting correspondence of this master of forges. "We are very sorry that we cannot make iron at present and that we cannot therefore supply those to whom we have promised it, but we are in a position to satisfy them if water comes from the cast iron that we are gathering [...]. Never have the ironmasters had worse weather, which will be good for the merchants who have a large amount of iron [...]. I have finally concluded the subscription of Auberive at 1800# starting October 1, 1713 and that of Froivent and Villotte at 3000# starting April Dr. 1714. I went where these gentlemen wanted, especially for Froivent and Villotte. I agreed before my departure to give 1800# from Auberive, but for the other forges, I think I have done myself a disservice [...]. During my stay in Paris, we took advantage of the water, including 25,000 irons that I sent to you on a new account. I have in fact up to now 175 thousand, but I have no more water, it is necessary to wait for the rain [...] ". Considerations on transportation, selling prices, the epidemic that is ravaging the country's livestock, the supply of wood, difficulties encountered with the carters, etc. "The carters are very rare and very expensive, not one comes to Auberive and I am very mortified, they are given an exorbitant price at the other forges [...]".
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