Letter – Robert Hodgson to John Cleaver – 23 Mar 1785

Document Type: Letter
Date: 23 Mar 1785
Correspondent: Robert Hodgson
Recipient: John Cleaver
Archive Source: AMHS H&H
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To the Revd. Mr. Cleaver 					Alstone, 23d March 1785

We have got into the vein in the G. Lime at Greengill without much Difficulty on the Plan I first proposed which takes the water, and I have sunk 5 fathoms in the vein from the top of the Sun Cheek of the Limestone, where the water appears to stand, but are now cutting cross in the vein to find the North Cheek of the Limestone, which I expect to be near four fathoms lower than the Sun Cheek, the vein is very strong, what width it is I cannot say till we find the Cheek, we have some little Ore in the Rider, but not so much as will answer to pay for working it. I hope to find a deeper sink for the Water in some part of the vein and a better Leader of Ore. We are raising some Ore in the old Workings but at high Prices, yet will help a little to defray the Expence of sinking into the G. Lime. I have got nothing settled with Mr. Hutchinson Mr. Gilbert’s agent goes mostly with me into the mine and always agrees with my Proposals. Tyne Bottom Mine is poor at present, they have three veins that get Ore in the Tynebottom Limestone but they do not appear well at the bottom of that Limestone on the top of the Whin Sill. I have been in that mine at the request of the Agent to give him my opinion.

      R H

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