Report – William Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 1 Apr 1816

Document Type: Report
Date: 1 Apr 1816
Correspondent: William Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1F 1
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      <Our Mines> at Allenheads upon the whole are likely to be more productive of Ore the succeeding quarter than they have been last quarter from their present appearance altho' we have not one rich Working in all the Field.  The old Workings in general I think are better, from <wch> I expect our greatest produce this Year. - we are continuing the X cut in the X Vein at the East End Southward, without producing any Ore of consequence & have not yet been able to prove where Wentworth Vein intersects it. – 

      Wentworth Vein is now wrought by 8 Men @ 28/ pBg 14 Men @ 33/ pBg 6 Men @ 32/. 6 Men @ 34/. 21Men @ 35/ pBg & 3 Men @ 37/ pBg. -- The Workings in the Old Vein & Flat Shaft are more promising than last quartr. Wrought by 16 Men @ 35/. 8 Men @ 34/. & 6 Men @ 33/ pBg.

      Diana Vein there has been nothing more done at the West End of this Vein last quarter, from every appearance it seems to be terminating or become so  <> that there is no encouragement for making further trials , as we have driven 15 fathoms in the <> of the Vein which produced no Ore, or had the least appearance of having any & have made some good trials by cutting cross to the north & South without effect.  I think the most probable chance for being productive in making further trials in this Vein would be to open out an Old Shaft 110 fa west from the present forehead, and cutting the Vein in new ground leaving that space whole.

      The Workings in Diana Vein are now wrought by 24 Men @ 36/pBg & 8 Men @ 34/ pBg. The Cross Cut driving for Diana Vein at the East End we are now able to continue & expect there <> 14 fa of cutting  Ditto the String in the Cross Cut is now wrought by 2 Men @ 33/ pBg.  - Swinhope Mines   the leading <Forehead > in this Mine continues extremely poor, the West forehead for the last 16 fa driving has not produced any Ore & is now driving by 6 Men @ £5 pfa and the east forehead is so poor of Ore that I can not get it wrought at any price I can afford pBg.  the other parts of the Vein are wrought by 14 Men @ 28/ pBg 12 Men @ 34/. & 6 Men @ 35/ pBg.  - I expect the Level will be holed to the foremost Shaft in the course of a Month, after which I intend to try the Vein immediately. 

      In consequence of your information relating the depressed state of the Lead Trade, I have reduced the greatest price pBg for raising Ore to 35/ & the others both pBg & Dead Work in proportion.

                                 I am Sr

                                   Wm. 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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