Letter – Westgarth Forster to Unknown – 12 Jun 1786

Document Type: Letter
Date: 12 Jun 1786
Correspondent: Westgarth Forster
Recipient: Unknown
Archive Source: NRO ZBL 84 10
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      1786 June 12th: Viewed Fallowfield Mine

We are of opinion that the effectual Method of making a sufficient trial of Fallowfield Vein in the Sills west of the old Workings which are entirely whole, will be to make the old Man Level into a Horse Level, which is now already driven 237 faths. eastward from North Tyne, which may be done at 5/- a fathom, or thereabouts, after that is done to drive the present Level forehead in the same North String, which she now stands in, and upon a true Level, to the length of 100 or 120 faths. as air may allow to be driven; and then to sink a Shaft to the Level forehead, which we compute to be about 35 faths. deep, and undoubtedly will be to bore, but we believe both sinking and boring together may not cost above 70/- or 80/- a fathom at most, then a full Tryal may easy be made both ways in the whole ground, west of the old Workings, by regular crosscuts from the Level, as to the old Workings in Fallowfield Mine, we do not believe them to be worth noticing.

      Westgarth Forster

	Jos. Dickinson. 
This report was probably prepared for Edward Blackett.   Forster and Dickinson were mine agents for Thomas Wentworth Blackett.

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