Agricola, Georgius, De re metallica, 1912/1950

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expenses and losses, in the end spend the most bitter and most miserable of
lives.
But persons who hold these views do not perceive how much a learned
and experienced miner differs from one ignorant and unskilled in the art.
The latter digs out the ore without any careful discrimination, while the
former first assays and proves it, and when he finds the veins either too
narrow and hard, or too wide and soft, he infers therefrom that these cannot
be mined profitably, and so works only the approved ones.
What wonder
then if we find the incompetent miner suffers loss, while the competent one
is rewarded by an abundant return from his mining?
The same thing
applies to husbandmen.
For those who cultivate land which is alike arid,
heavy, and barren, and in which they sow seeds, do not make so great a
harvest as those who cultivate a fertile and mellow soil and sow their grain
in that.
And since by far the greater number of miners are unskilled rather
than skilled in the art, it follows that mining is a profitable occupation to
very few men, and a source of loss to many more.
Therefore the mass of
miners who are quite unskilled and ignorant in the knowledge of veins not
infrequently lose both time and trouble10. Such men are accustomed for the
most part to take to mining, either when through being weighted with the
fetters of large and heavy debts, they have abandoned a business, or desiring to
change their occupation, have left the reaping-hook and plough; and so
if at any time such a man discovers rich veins or other abounding mining
produce, this occurs more by good luck than through any knowledge on his
part.
We learn from history that mining has brought wealth to many, for
from old writings it is well known that prosperous Republics, not a few kings,
and many private persons, have made fortunes through mines and their
produce.
This subject, by the use of many clear and illustrious examples, I
have dilated upon and explained in the first Book of my work entitledDe
Veteribus et Novis Metallis,” from which it is evident that mining is very
profitable to those who give it care and attention.

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