Notes on the text
These notes, by John McGivering, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of Life's Handicap, as published and frequently reprinted between 1891 and 1950.
The photo is of part of the workings. The entrance to the mine is on the left. I was last there in 1946, but in 1929 …. I went up the level and into part of the workings that were fit to go into. The place where the engine was was certainly a big place but knowing Leeds Town Hall as I do, I hardly think it would fit in but that is neither here nor there, it had taken some hewing out. Another shaft goes down from there and spreads out into three other levels to cut the veins which with lead always run east and west.
[The remainder of this letter is published in ORG Vol 2, pp. 955/6]
… great pity…
This villainous saltpetre should be digg’d
Out of the bowels of the harmless earth…
[Shakespeare's King Henry IV, Part 1, Act 1, scene 3.]