Report – George Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 31 Mar 1817

Document Type: Report
Date: 31 Mar 1817
Correspondent: George Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1F 1
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             Coalcleugh  March 31/1817

      The Mines at Coalcleugh have not been so unproductive for several years as at present, the Old Workings get much reduced and no new trials that has been made have not yet been so productive as to make up the deficiences; We have found nothing new since the last Bargains -- The east <forurd> in the Limestone continues very poor, but the Flat in the last opened length is better & let to 8 Men @ 25/ pBg, the North level in the Cross String has produced Ore tolerably well the last quarter but have not yet cut Whitewood Vein as was expected, the other Workings in present are very poor - the Bargains in the East End consist of 8 Men raising Ore @ 25/ pBg & 44 Men @ 30/ pBg.  at the West End 46 Men are raising Ore @ 30/ pBg -    Hartley Cleugh - the Strata at the south end is broke if in consequence of the Vein crossing a Brook where the Great Limestone (the only bearing Stratum) has entirely disappeared and nothing but Clay & other irregular substances in its place from the appearance of the situation the Level will be to drive 100 fat. before the  Strata <put> regularly on or any probability of producing Ore, this unforeseen circumstance has caused a number of Men to be out of employment & in consequence of which we have begun the North Level  which has stood 12 Months, but is now driving at a low price with 8 Men viz. @ 50/. pfa. & 20/.pBg.  Which required nearly double that price could the Workmen had employment elsewhere, the Old Workings are much the same as last quarter & the Bargains are 4 Men raisg Ore @ 20/. & 20 Men @28/.pBg. 

      Keirsley Row has produced Ore better than at the last quarter than before & in all probability may continue as I expect we are not far from the fore-end of the Old Works - the Bargains are 8 Men raising Ore @ 20/ pBg- 4 Men driving the Level & 6 Men cutting X to the Sun Vein.

      Bates Hill has a much better appearance for raising Ore than has been since it was last opened - 4 Men have been taken at Bargain to raise Ore at 30/ pBing.

      I am et.

            	Geo. Crawhall

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