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Allenheads. Mich[aelma]s Bargains Octo 8/1814 The Mines at Allenheads have raised more Ore the last quarter than I expected they would have done from the state they were in at Mids[ummer] Bargains, but am sorry to inform you, from the present appearance of many of the workings they are not likely to be as productive for the succeeding quar[te]r & particularly Diana Vein which is in general poor the leading forehead wrought by 8 Men last quar[ter] at 34s is now advanced to 42s per B[in]g & am apprehensive the Workmen will not be able to make Wages at that price[,] two lengths east of the leading foreh[ea]d in ditto is wrought by 14 Men at 40s per B[in]g, the back Workings in do. are very poor & from the extreme hardness of the Flatts 2 Ptner[shi]ps of 6 Men each have left their situations, the remainder all at the high price of 42s per B[in]g employing 24 Men. The Workings in the Old Vein & at Flatts Shaft are much the same as last Quar[ter] employing 3 p[ar]tners[hi]ps at 40s per B[in]g & 2 p[ar]tners[hi]ps at 42s, the Ore they raise in principally got by opening out Old Workings and Ridding Deads. Wentworth Vein is more promising than it has been for these two previous Quar[te]rs & am glad to inform you that many of the workings in it are now wrought as a reduced price from what they were last quart[er], the East forehead is now driving at 21s per B[in]g by 8 Men, & the length west of it is wrought by 8 Men at 30s per B[in]g & the next two lengths west by 16 Men at 32s per Bing, the back Workings in this Vein are likely to be more productive of Ore than last Quar[ter], bearing a reduction of the price per B[in]g. two p[ar]tners[hi]ps at 40s & 1 p[artnershi]p at 30s, 4 Men at 32s, 2 at 37s, & 4 p[ar]tners[hi]ps at 42s per Bing. Swinhope Level is driving with all speed by 8 Men, we have got 30 fa[thoms] last q[uarte]r & expect to accomplish as much before Xmass. Willam’s Vein at Swinhopehead continues rich of Ore we have only got two lengths opened in the Great Limestone & the West forehead is driving by 8 Men at 20s per B[in]g & the length east wrought by 6 Men at 35s per B[in]g & expect by Xmass to have two more p[ar]tners[hi]ps working for Ore. I am etc Wm. Crawhall
Quarterly mining report, concerning Allenheads lead mine, written by the Mine Agent based at Allenheads. Mining Reports p133.