Report – George Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 1 Apr 1816

Document Type: Report
Date: 1 Apr 1816
Correspondent: George Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1F 1
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      Coalcleugh Leadmines are a great deal poorer than they have been for the last year, & from the present State of the Workings the produce will be considerably less than it has been, & no appearance of a change for the better at present. - The eastend forehead in the Limestone has been so extremely close and hard the last quarter that 8 Men have only been able to drive 5 fa. she is now rather more open & produces Ore. - The Level driving in the Cross String towards Whitewood Vein is getting very well forward & 8 Men raising Ore in it. - We have reduced the price pBg in the present Workings from 38/ to 35/ pBg - many of the old Workings are so much exhausted that the Workmen cannot make a livelihood at the prices we are now giving & not being able to earn their Subsistence Money has caused a great number of Men to be out of employment.  

      The eastward Workings are becoming very poor and particularly the Flatts which are much wrought out, & many of the Men have left them, the Ore Bargains consist of 14 Men raising Ore @ 30/ pBg 6 Men @ 32/ pBg & 34 Men @ 35/ pBg.   4 Men are raising Ore @ 28/ pBg & 4 Men @ 30/pBg in the Old X String. - The Westward Workings are much the same as last quarter, the Bargains are 4 Men raising Ore @ 33/. & 56 Men @ 35/. - 20 Men are raising Ore in the <L.palls> @ 35/ pBg.

      Hartleycleugh South end is much more promising for raising Ore than last quarter it appears we have got thru the troubles we were then about, & the Vein has taken her regular course but does not contain much Ore, yet a good prospect of improving in a few fathoms driving, the Bargains are 6 Men raising Ore @ 21/ pBg 6 Men @ 27/ pBg <2> Men @ 28/pBg 11Men @ 30/ pBg & 11Men @ 32/pBg.

      Keirsleyrow , Bateshill  & Barney Craig there is no alteration in the tryals of any of these places since last quarter, the Levels etc are all going on as usual. – 

      I am &c  George Crawhall
Undated, but given sequence in the volume it appears to cover the spring quarter in 1816, and dated here accordingly

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