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Queries to be answered What is the Wages of a Miner who directs the Shaft and superintends a few Workmen? If this is meant to be a principal Agent £100 PerAn: Is it more eligible to pay so much PerCent on the Produce or regular Wages? – and what PerCent? There are no mines in Northumberland Cumberland or Durham wrought this Way Is it esteemed a rich Mine that Produces from its washed State 13cwt.1Q.7lb in a Ton and Two Pennyweights of fine Silver in a Hundredweight which is two ounces in a Ton? Yes with respect to produce of Lead but very poor as to produce of Silver and not worth refining in the above Counties. What is the Expence of erecting or furnishing a small Smeltinghouse and is it more adviseable to erect a Cupola and which is the cheapest and best?. No answer can be given to this for want of knowing the Situation as to Materials for building and for Fuel. Is Handy’s Miner’s Guide the best publication? Having never seen it no answer can be given. From another Assay of Lead pick’d up upon the Surface of the Ground producing equal to 11cwt.1Q.0lb – and three Ounces five pennyweights of Silver in a Ton – What would be or ought to be the clear reserved Share to the Landlord a[nd] Company working them or would there appear sufficient Encouragement to work them at all the Veins lying in general a few yards under the Surface. Mines let in the above Counties are wrought by Adventurers at 1/5th Duty Thos. Emerson Westgarth Forster Jos. Dickinson Isaac Hunter
NRO 672/A/36/27. In the form of questions to agents Thomas Emerson, Joseph Dickinson, Westgarth Forster, and Isaac Hunter and answers, with the answer to each question inset below it. No date on document, but catalogued as 1792. 1st January used here.