Report – William Crawhall to Martin Morrison – 8 Jul 1817

Document Type: Report
Date: 8 Jul 1817
Correspondent: William Crawhall
Recipient: Martin Morrison
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1F 1
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      Midsummer 1817				Allenheads July 8th 1817

      I have now got through the Midsummers Bargains and consider the State of the Mines at Allenheads upon the whole better than last quarter. We have all our men employed except about 14 which I hope to be able to give employment to in the course of this week.

      The Cross Vein at East End is now wrought by 6 Men at 28/ pBing and 4 at 29/ for raising Ore, and have 14 Men driving a plate  Level southward in this Vein from the leading forehead, who I expect will accomplish this length of ground before Michaelmas and be working Ore also. -  we have not unwatered the Limestone in this Vein consequently are not able to work it lower than last quarter.

      Wentworth Vein in all probability will be more productive of Ore this quarter than last, now wrought by 8 Men at 20/ pBing, 12 Men at 28/ and 36 at 30/ pBing and 18 Men are driving and cutting across in the plate to different parts of this Vein.

      The workings in the Old Vein and at Flatt Shaft are much the same as last quarter, now wrought by 6 Men at 28/ pBing and 25 at 30/.  12 Men are opening out two old shafts into the flatts at West end, which accomplished will enable me to work that part of the Mine to greater advantage than we hitherto have done. – 

      Diana Vein is more promising for the ensuing quarter than last, now wrought by 12 Men at 28/& 14 Men at 30/ pBing. – 

      Swinhope Mines, are much the same as last quarter, now wrought by 6 Men at 28/ and 12 Men at 30/ pBing;  little has been done at the West forehead of this Vein since last quarter from the Water standing so much in the Vein.  The low Level is now extremely hard and driving at 210/ per fathom by 8 Men.  We have cut the Vein in two places from this Level at 20 fathoms distance which is very poor.  8 Men are driving in the Vein now at 100/ pfathom & 30/ pBing for what Ore they raise in driving.  I am et

                        Wm. Crawhall

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