Report – Thomas Emerson to Martin Morrison – 15 Nov 1813

Document Type: Report
Date: 15 Nov 1813
Correspondent: Thomas Emerson
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672/E/1F/1
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Breckonsike continues very poor at the forehead, and as the Vein bears more to the North than her usual point, I have set on a Cross Cut to the Sun to see if anything can be found to that side. We have cut Greenfield Vein by the level drove from Breckonsike, which has part Ore in it, but not so strong as expected, we cannot judge much how it will turn out untill a rise is made up into the four fathom Limestone, which is not much above the Level roof.

Burtry Pasture Vein is very strong & raising Ore tolerably well, and as there is several Strings off to the North side, which I expect will come to her in a few fathoms driving, therefore should suppose that she may get better.

Sedlin Vein is very strong both at the East & West leading foreheads, and likely to raise Ore very well.

The Companys New Vein is very poor.

Kilhope. I have begun the low Level according to the Plan pointed out in my last report, for without some new winning the Old Workings will soon be done.

Middlehope Shield continues poor. last quarter I expected to have got a Grove, at the foreend, down into the Flat Beds, as we had a good sample of Ore at the Top of the Great Limestone; but I was sorry to find that the vein straightened downwards, contrary to what it had done in the other back lengths.

Longsike & Slitt are both very poor.

Blackdean Vein is likely to raise Ore tolerably well at the best Price per Bing.

Barbary is only poor. Wolfcleugh has rather some better appearance than she has had for sometime back. We have cut Foul Wood Vein, from Broad Dale Pasture Level, which has part Ore in it, but only straight, yet I do not doubt but it will widen, as the Old Man has seemingly raised Ore very well, in the top Beds, for some Hundred fathoms west from where she is now cut, and as the Coal Hazels & best part of the Great Limestone are laid Water free by this winning, I expect a fair prospect. 

Levelgate. The Low Level in Longsike new Vein was poor at the Quarter End; but I am glad to say that it is much improved since that time, for they now have a strong Vein & tolerable good Ore in the roof of the Level; but it cannot be wrought to advantage now, for want of Air,

Allercleughhead is poor

Greenlaws was poor at the Quarter end; but is now raising Ore very well

Crawlah, Yewtree & Pikestone are only poor

Longtyhead is very poor

Tho. Emerson Nov.15/1813

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