The national importance of preserving mining records

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J. Weale, 1844 - Mines and mineral resources - 59 pages
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Page 20 - With what pains do we not rake up the old heaps of rubbish brought out of old excavations, to discover pieces which may afford us some idea of the substances which were formerly worked out ? Yet, between these documents, and those which we might obtain in the way pointed out in the preceding paragraphs, there is as much difference as between night and day. Is it not an obligation, a duty, for us to collect and leave to future generations as much instruction and knowledge as possible on the labours...
Page 50 - ... could not be profitably raised from pits equal in depth to three or four times the height of St Paul's cathedral, unless the price of such inferior coal was raised to more than the present price of the best coal. It is the additional expense, and consequent additional difficulty, of competing with other countries, that is the vital question to be considered. It is not the exhaustion of mines, but the period at which they can be profitably worked, that merits earnest and immediate attention...
Page 20 - Such a collection, the plan and description of the district, form together a complete and instructive whole. If our ancestors had left us such documents for two centuries past, or even for half a century, what advantage would it not have been to us ? From what doubts would it not relieve us ? With what anxiety do we not turn over the leaves of ancient chronicles in search of information, often very imperfect, obscure, and uncertain ? With what pleasure do we not receive the least sketch or plan of...
Page 26 - It is obvious that many collieries which are now open will sooner or later be shut up, and lie dormant for various and indefinite periods — and the probability is, that in many cases all knowledge of the dykes which intersect them may be lost, and that the parties having to re-open them may be as ignorant, or even more so, than those who first opened these mines. "It is not necessary...
Page 41 - An Act for regulating the opening and working of mines and quarries in the Forest of Dean and hundred of St. Briavels, in the county of Gloucester.
Page 34 - WHEN states and empires have their periods of declension, and feel in their turns what distress and poverty is — I stop not to tell the causes which gradually brought the house d'E in Brittany into decay.
Page 46 - Your memorialists therefore humbly pray that your lordships will be pleased to take the premises into your consideration. (Signed) CHARLES LEMON, Chairman.
Page 44 - That it is the opinion of this meeting that, with a view to prevent the loss of life and of property which will inevitably ensue from the want of accurate Mining Records, it is a matter of national importance that a depository should be established for the collection and preservation of such Mining Records of subterranean operations in collieries and other mining districts.
Page 44 - That the Committee consist of the following gentlemen, with power to add to their number: The Marquis of Northampton, Sir Charles Lemon, Sir Philip Egerton, John Vivian, Esq., Davies G.
Page 50 - ... how meagre and unsatisfactory are the only data on which their estimates are founded. It is not, however, the mere quantity of coal that is to be considered. Especial regard must be had to its quality — depth — thickness — extent, and position. Many of the inferior seams can only be worked in conjunction with those which, by their superior quality, repay the expense of working them at depths varying from 300 to 600 yards, and it may readily be conceived that inferior coal only could not...

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