Letter – John Erasmus Blackett to Edward Blackett – 12 Jun 1786

Document Type: Letter
Date: 12 Jun 1786
Correspondent: John Erasmus Blackett
Recipient: Edward Blackett
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 84 10
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The Lead Stewards have been with me this Morning they yesterday was at Fallowfield Grove & took a View of the Old Level, they say that only 3 Fathom has been lost in the Carrying it <…> wch. they imagine was done to prevent the Tryal from getting into the Level, they recommend that it may be carried on as a Horse Level [struck out: ‘wch. will be a considerable Saving & soon Pay for that Extra <Expence>’] tho attended with some additional expence will soon Pay itself [struck out: ‘may be that Men will be sufficient to be imployed in this Level’] The [struck out: ‘Old’] <……> Level is 237 Fathom wch. they say is of sufficient hight &c for a Horse Level & that the <espence> of [struck out: ‘laying it with’] levelling the bottom & laying it wth. ash or Plain will not be above 5s p[er] fathom but that Oak will last longer that they recommend that the level be drove 120 Fathom further wch may be done at £2 p[er] Fathom it will then be necessary to sink a shaft of 35 Fathom wch will cost £4 p[er] F[athom] that the old workings will then be open & <having> sufficient trial it may then be made of the Mine at a small exppence

237 Fath. at 5s p F         59  5  0

120 Fath. a £2              240  0  0

  35 Fath. a £4              140

                                       439   5  0 
This note is undated but contains the same opinions as the report written by Forster  and Dickinson in June 1786.   For this reason it has been given the same date as the report. It is in John Erasmus Blackett’s handwriting, so ascribed to him, and was possibly sent to the mine’s owner, his brother Sir Edward Blackett.

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