Report – Thomas Dodd – 23 Jul 1808

Document Type: Report
Date: 23 Jul 1808
Correspondent: Thomas Dodd
Archive Source: NEIMME LLC 40
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Hon. Masters						Nenthead. July 23rd 1808

	Herewith you will receive a List of the Bargains which were let on the 23, 24 & 25th of June after having viewed the respective places & which I trust will prove successful. Rampgill & Scaleburnmoss Mines are both raising Ore to considerable advantage and are hopeful for years to come. Wm. Hall & co are driving the Horse Level in Rampgill Old vein, & Wm. <Trather> & co a Level upon the Great Limestone in what is called the Sun Vein, cut by means of the deep Horse Level and which vein is promising. Wm. Teasdale & co are driving the Horse Level in the Vein recently discovered in Scaleburn, which continues to do well. Thos. Havelock & co are cutting a Cross to the North, for the discovery of Strings & Flatts in the Great Limestone. Wm. Patrick & co are driving a Horse Level in a different part of the Mine, as an accommodation for getting out the Ore & Rubbish & for the more effectual working of the Mine. Small Cleugh Mine is doing great things, especially the leading Bargains in the List which receive a good deal of very fine Ore. Wm. Richardson & co are cutting a Cross to the Flatts in a fresh part where we expect to meet with a large body of Ore. Jacob Stobbart & co are driving the deep Level which is the ground drain & which takes the Water to the Engine. Joseph Henderson & co are driving the Horse Level. Middle Cleugh Mine is still poor in comparison of some others, but will raise Ore that will more than pay for the expense. 

      John Thompson & co are sinking a Sump in the Great Limestone for a supply of fresh Air, & also for raising Ore in the Vein. Chr. Elliott & co are driving the Horse Level in the vein. Josh. Low & co are driving a Level as a drain to a part of the Mine which is under Water. Broomsberry & Gudhamgillmoss are under trial. Thos. Walton & co are driving the Horse Level, and Hugh Spotswood & co are repairing a Level & a Shaft, and will, when finished, drive a Level out of Broomsberry to communicate with Scaleburn new vein and Rampgill, and as Broomsberry Level is 18 Fathoms deeper than Rampgill it will become a general drain to Rampgill, Scaleburnmoss, Small Cleugh etc & will put an end to all the <…wies> and expense in Engines, and it will in the end prove a source of gain. Caple Cleugh Mine is poor and under trial but will revive. Robt. Dickinson & co are driving the Horse Level. Browngill Sun vein is raising more Ore than for some time past. Jacob Grey & co are driving in a part of the vein which will probably, in a short time prove more successful. Jas. Lancaster & co are driving a Level in the Great Limestone which prepares the vein for Occasional trials as they proceed. Jno. Smith & co are driving the Deep Horse Level. Wiregill Mine is extremely poor, the part above water being exhausted, yet in all probability will raise a good deal of more Ore when the deep Level arrives at a certain point. Josh. Schollick & co are driving said Level. Geo. Allison & co are driving an upper Level & will sink a Sump into the deep one to obtain a circulation of fresh Air. Jno. Nixon & co are driving the Horse Level. Mannergill Mine is very poor and indeed many parts of the former Mines cannot be wrought, since the prices were reduced. Chr. Pinkney & co are driving the Horse Level. The Level at East Flakebrigg is going on by Jno. Walton & co. Lodgesyke Mine is going on very prosperously. The Mine is soft, and the part of the vein which produces the Ore, is not more than 7 or 8 Fathoms within the Surface. - I have lett the Bargains at favourable prices; of course they will make considerable profit. Jno. Pinkney & co and Thos. Robson & co are each driving a Horse Level in the side of a high Mountain, the one 20 Fathoms above the other, between which sumps will be sunk, both for the accommodation of fresh air and for trying the lower Stratums for ore. Middlehope Mine is still successful, & raises the Ore to advantage. I have removed a small Crushing Machine from Garrigill to Middlehope Mine, mentioned in my letter to the Court of 7 Jany. last, as being intended for Rampgill Level Mouth, however I have concluded the Machine was better adapted for Middlehope. Experience has proved, that nothing is so beneficial to Lead Mines as Crushing Machines. Charles Maddison & co are driving the Horse Level, Ra. Elliott & co are driving a Level in the upper Stratum and will try the Vein for Ore, Henry Coulthard & co are driving a Level to drain the Water from the upper part of the vein. Jno. Kidd & co are driving the Level at Ireshopeburn, This Mine will raise Ore so as to prevent loss. Stanhope Mine is poor, but raises small parcels of Ore from the Old Pickings. Thos. Wilkinson & co are driving the deep Level. Jacob Vickers & co are opening and repairing an old Level, which will enable us shortly to raise Ore from that part of the Vein.

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