Report – William Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 3 Jul 1815

Document Type: Report
Date: 3 Jul 1815
Correspondent: William Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1F 1
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      Allenheads.               July 3, 1815

      The Veins in this place are as poor in general as they were last quarter.  We have now made Wentworth Vein <..> on the East side of the Cross Vein at East End.  I have driven the Cross Vein further South than where it was expected to have intersected Wentworth Vein:  our apprehension from the great strength of the Cross Vein is taken from the usual <bearing> djoined to the Cross Vein in her direction, which is not unusual in occurrences of this kind.

There is no Ore of any consequence in the Cross Vein forehead, but a fine open Sparry Vein; & have no doubt of this getting a communication for Ore and sunk to the Flatts but the Vein will be production of Ore: the forehead is now driving by 8 Men @ 100/ pfm & expect in the course of a Month to be able to see the Flatts - The back Workings in Wentworth Vein are much the same as last quarter wrought by 6Men @32/ pBg.  6Men @ 33/pBg 6Men @ 35/. 13Men @ 37/ ??   12Men@ 40/. & 10Men @ 42/ pBing.  

      The Workings in the Old Vein at Flatt Shaft are poorer than last quarter wrought by 10 Men @40/ & 6Men @ 42/ pBg.

      Diana Vein is extremely poor I have left the West forehead of for the present for the last 12 fams. Driving the Vein has not produced any Ore and am apprehensive it is terminating here; as there is little appearance of any Vein  in the forehead - am now cutting Cross to the North but have not yet discovered any Vein - the back workings in this Vein are poorer & now wrought by 10 Men @ 40/ . & 12 Men @ 42/ pBg - will not be able to cut this Vein at the Trial at East End before <Xmas>, if then. 

      Swinhope Vein continues <rich> of Ore, now wrought by 14  Men @ 32/. 8 Men @ 34/. 6 Men @ 35/. 6 Men @ 30/. 8 Men @ 42/. & 8Men @ 28/.pBing with little dead work. - The Low Level is driving in the <BlackBed> in the Great Limest. @ 160/ pfm and expect in a little time to get Ore. 

      I am &c  William Crawhall

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