GOLD IN THE CLOGAU
It is nearly six years since I wrote to you upon "Gold in Wales," since which time I have never laid aside inquiry upon the subject. I said then that I should not write you again until I had something positive to communicate. Now, lest the information should reach you from some other source, in an incorrect form, I think it better to tell you myself that on Monday last, at my direction, four shots were fired on the St. David's lode, in the Clogau Mountain, near Dolgelly, and (say) 15 cwts. of quartz broken down, containing visible gold finely disseminated throughout the greater part of it. The value is, probably, from £500 to £600. One stone weighs, say, 4½ cwts., is about two feet thick, and has gold running quite through it. This remarkable stone, with others of less weight, but richer and more beautiful, will be in London in the course of next week, when you will have an opportunity of forming your opinion thereupon. At present I shall only add that the gold continues in the lode of the same value, and occurs not as heretofore in strings, shoots, and hunches, but is generally distributed throughout the lode-stuff, sometimes associated with yellow sulphide of copper, and occasionally with what I take to be telluric bismuth. I need hardly add, that the amalgamating mysteries of the past have no bearing upon the question as it at present stands with regard to the extraction of the precious metal. I promise you more in detail as the operations progress. I still incline to the opinion that gold may be extracted from the minerals of some parts of this country at a profit. Time will prove, as I have said before, whether this be a mistake or not.
Mr. T. A. Readwin
Source: The Mining Journal - June 1860