Report – George Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 31 Dec 1815

Document Type: Report
Date: 31 Dec 1815
Correspondent: George Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1F 1
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Xmass Bargains 1815                               		Coalcleugh Dec 31 1815

      The Mines at Coalcleugh &c continue very poor and particularly the Old Workings, the East End forehead in the Limestone is better than last quarter & now raising Ore at 30/ pBg.  the Level driving to Whitewood Vein continues much the same as last quarter : we have no other fresh tryals on hand at Coalcleugh at present  - In consequence of the depressed state of the Lead trade we have had instructions from Mr Morrison to reduce the the expenditure as much as possible and be done without impeding the works that's necessary to be carried on for the regular conducting of the Mines, it was considered impracticable by all other principal Agents to reduce the price pBg in the poorest workings more than what was done last quarter as the greater part of their earnings are not adequate to those employed on regular wages.  It was therefore agreed to reduce the Wages of all the Mechanics Labourers & others employed in Contract work in proportion to their respective situations so as to average nearly 12/. P week p Man.

      The Ore Workings at the eastend are very poor both in the Flatts & Sun Vein.  The Flatts eastward are nearly cut of by a cross Vein which throws the east <cheek> 6 fathoms down, the Sun Vein is extremely poor at the eastforehead & westward she is nearly wrot. to the intersection of the Old Vein.  the Ore Bargains are 18 men raising Ore at 30/ pBg 6 @ 32/pBg 2 Men @ 35/pBg & 4 Men @ 36/ pBg &41 Men @ 38/ pBg.   The westward Workings are also poor the Bargains are 4 Men raising Ore @ 35/pBg & 70Men @ 38/pBg.

      Low Coalcleugh is much the same as last quarter 6Men are raising Ore @ 35/ pBg & 4 Men opening out the Top Level. -  Hartley Cleugh - we have opened another length at the south end since last quarter which I am sorry to say has a bad appearance for raising Ore at present  but I think it is owing to a cross Vein that I expect is near us, from the Strata being much broke & quite in a state of confusion.  the Ore Bargains are 12 Men raising Ore @ 21/ pBg 2 Men @ 30/pBg & 20 @ 36/pBg.

      Kiersleyrow & Bates hill trials are going on but have opened no fresh ground to raise Ore since last quarter, 6 Men are raising Ore @ 35/ pBg, their workings are extremely poor.

            I am &c  Geo. Crawhall

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