Engineering and Railways

ADCOCK‚ Henry. 12810

ADCOCK‚ Henry.	12810	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Thomas Sopwith‚ mining engineer‚ discussing at some length his patented method for raising water from mines‚ recently described in a pamphlet. 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ leaves separated‚ neatly trimmed. Lower Mersey Vein‚ Bootle Bay‚ Liverpool‚ 15 February 1840. Henry Adock‚ civil engineer‚ compiler of Adcock's Engineers' pocket-book‚ which appeared each year‚ took out patents for improvements in docks and quays.

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BIDDER‚ George Parker. 13231

BIDDER‚ George Parker.	13231	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to E.W.Cooke‚ the marine painter‚ commenting on a recent visit to the Academy‚ hoping that Cooke “will come west and take a subject from the old Classical Naval Scenes there.” 2 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ in good condition. 24 Great George Street‚ Westminster‚ 2 August 1867. A scarce letter from a “lightning calculator”. George Parker Bidder (1806 – 1878)‚ English engineer‚ architect and calculating prodigy. In childhood‚ his father‚ William Bidder‚ a stonemason‚ exhibited him as a "calculating boy"‚ first in local fairs up to the age of six‚ and later around the country. In 1837 he was engaged with Robert Stephenson in building the Blackwall railway‚ and it was he who designed the peculiar method of disconnecting a carriage at each station while the rest of the train went on without stopping‚ which was employed in the early days of that line when it was worked by means of a cable. Another series of railways with which he had much to do were those in the eastern counties which afterwards became the Great Eastern system. He also advised on the construction of the Belgian railways; with Robert Stephenson he made the first railway in Norway‚ from Christiania to Eidsvold; he was engineer-in-chief of the Danish railways‚ and he was largely concerned with railways in India‚ where he strongly and successfully opposed break of gauge on through routes. He was also one of the founders of the Electric Telegraph Company‚ which enabled the public generally to enjoy the benefits of telegraphic communication. In hydraulic engineering‚ he was the designer of the Victoria Docks.

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BRAMAH‚ John Joseph. 14749

BRAMAH‚ John Joseph.	14749 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. John Innes‚ Thames Bank Iron Works‚ discussing the completion of “the first Tank”‚ and his approach to the Directors of the City Gas Company for the finance his correspondent requires. 2 pp. 9 x 7½ inches‚ in good condition‚ with the integral address leaf. Grosvenor Works‚ Pimlico‚ 24 June 1836. A useful record of London’s industrial history. John Joseph Bramah (1798-1846) was a nephew of Joseph Bramah (1748-1814)‚ who was famous for the lock he invented and also for the hydraulic press‚ and was also responsible for many other inventions including a type of flush toilet‚ a machine for automatically printing bank notes with sequential serial numbers‚ the beer pump‚ as well as developments in civil engineering. John Joseph Bramah gathered together a huge business in railway plant at Pimlico based on his uncle's business‚ with the help of George and Robert Stephenson. The business eventually became Fox Henderson. “I must not appear before the Board [of the City Gas Company] in ignorance as to the time for finishing the first Tank‚ the delivery of the remainder of the Castings for the Second and of the time required for fixing after obtaining possession of the Ground ...”

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BRUNEL‚ Isambard Kingdom. 17258

BRUNEL‚ Isambard Kingdom.	17258 Autograph Letter Signed ‘I.K.Brunel’‚ asking that a fair copy of his revised will be prepared as soon as possible‚ and explaining that he wishes to make provision for trustees in the event of any of them dying‚ with one nominated to replace his wife‚ and asking that legacies be left in place pending final settlement. 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. 10 June‚ no year given. Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859)‚ the engineer who designed the ‘Great Western’‚ the first steamship to cross the Atlantic. He was the son of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849) who built the Thames Tunnel.

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BRUNLEES‚ Sir James. 17233

BRUNLEES‚ Sir James.	17233	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to E.W.Cooke‚ the marine artist‚ thanking him for his Volume on Salmon Fishing‚ hoping to visit “& enjoy your combination of Nature & Art”. 2 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ fine. 5 Victoria Street‚ Westminster‚ 19 February 1878. Sir James Brunlees (1816-1892)‚ Scottish civil engineer‚ planned the Sao Paolo railway in Brazil.

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CHANCE‚ Sir James Timmins. 13232

CHANCE‚ Sir James Timmins.	13232	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Conrad W.Cooke‚ agreeing to give an introduction to a mechanical engineer‚ discussing railway work. 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. Four Oaks‚ Sutton Coldfield‚ 27 October 1874. James Timmins Chance (1814-1902)‚ manufacturer of glass‚ lighthouse engineer (with Faraday)‚ improved dioptric apparatus‚ author of On Optical Apparatus Used In Lighthouses (1867). “With railway work has disappeared all interest & infuence in furthering any particular invention that might be valuable in the working of Lines.”

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CLARK‚ William Tierney. 16075

CLARK‚ William Tierney.	16075 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to M.Brand‚ asking for an order to see “Tuck’s patent smoke consuming furnace”‚ referring to “the saving in fuel by his patent Furnace which has been so long at work at the Mint and giving perfect satisfaction.” 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ light trace of mounting. Hammersmith‚ 10 October 1848. William Tierney Clark FRS (1783 – 1852) was an English civil engineer particularly associated with the design and construction of bridges. He was among the earliest designers of suspension bridges.

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COMBES‚ Charles. 7404

COMBES‚ Charles.	7404 Autograph Letter Signed ‘Ch.Combes’‚ to Pierre Hippolyte Boutigny‚ professor of chemistry‚ in Evreux‚ changing the date for their scientific discussion‚ on account of a meeting of the School of Mines. In French. 1 page 7½ x 5 inches‚ with the integral address leaf lightly mounted on an album leaf. In good condition. 18 October 1844. Charles Combes (1901-1872)‚ engineer‚ industrialist‚ professor‚ and administrator at the School of Mines in Paris. Author of Traité d'exploitation des Mines (1841-45) andother works.

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COODE‚ Sir John. 14040

COODE‚ Sir John.	14040	Autograph Letter Signed‚ suggesting his correspondent apply to the superintendent at Portland. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ traces of mounting‚ recipient’s name deleted. 26 March 1856 Sir John Coode (1816-1892)‚ harbour engineer‚ was the19th century's leading authority on harbour construction‚ and his advice was sought by many of the colonial governments‚ especially by those of South Africa‚ New Zealand‚ Australia‚ and by the Indian government. After Portland Harbour his best-known work is the harbour of Colombo‚ Ceylon. He was also responsible for the straightening of the lower reaches of the Yarra River in Melbourne‚ Australia with the resulting district of Coode Island and the Coode Canal named for him.

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DOUGLASS‚ Sir James Nicholas. 14039

DOUGLASS‚ Sir James Nicholas.	14039 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Conrad Cook‚ sending copies of parts 1 and 2 of the Trinity House Report on Lighthouse Illuminants. A good one page example‚ 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. Trinity House‚ London‚ 13 November 1885. Sir James Nicholas Douglass (1826-1898)‚ engineer‚ chief engineer to Trinity House‚ famous for the construction of the new Eddystone Lighthouse (1878-1882)‚ for which he was knighted.

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FAIRBAIRN‚ Sir William. 10278

FAIRBAIRN‚ Sir William.	10278	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to James Samuelson‚ sending “a notice of Mr. Unwin’s recently published work Wrought Iron Bridges and Roof” for insertion in a journal. A good one page example 7 x 4½ inches‚ folded. Manchester‚ 8 September 1869. Sir William Fairbairn (1789-1874)‚ engineer‚ established ship building works in London (1835-49)‚ patented principle of wrought-iron girders for use in bridge construction. W.C.Unwin‚ engineer‚ was Fairbairn’s assistant.

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FOX‚ Sir Charles. 5627

FOX‚ Sir Charles.	5627 Letter Signed ‘Charles Fox’‚ to J.Samuelson‚ returning the proof of Fox’s paper on the projected Mersey Tunnel Railway‚ and asking for his opinion “in the matter of getting say 250 copies of the paper printed”. 1 page 8 x 5 inches‚ in good condition. 8 New Street‚ Spring Gardens‚ London‚ 6 March 1869. Sir Charles Fox (1810-74)‚ civil engineer‚ appointed by Robert Stephenson to be one of the constructing engineers of the London and Birmingham Railway‚ assisted Paxton with the Great Exhibition Building‚ built the first narrow gauge railway in India.

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GREGORY‚ Charles Hutton. 14750

GREGORY‚ Charles Hutton.	14750 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to E.W.Cooke‚ the painter‚ asking for the loan of some pictures for “my conversazione”. 2 pp. 6 x 4 inches‚ fine. On Athenaeum writing paper‚ but from West Brompton‚ 21 May 1868. Sir Charles Hutton Gregory (1817-1898)‚ civil engineer. Gregory was consulting engineer of several major railway construction works‚ including those in Ceylon‚ Trinidad‚ Cape Colony‚ Perak and Selangor. He was the first to use railway semaphore signalling which he employed on the London and Croydon and the South Eastern Railways in 1842-3. This method later superseded all others and was dominant from 1870.

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HAWKSLEY‚ Charles. 11126

HAWKSLEY‚ Charles.	11126 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to E.W.Cooke R.A.‚ accepting an invitation. 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. 22 Queensborough Terrace‚ Bayswater‚ 21 November 1878. Charles Hawksley (1839–1917)‚ civil engineer.

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HORNBLOWER‚ Jonathan. 11252

HORNBLOWER‚ Jonathan.	11252	Original Bill‚ submitted by Jonathan Enys to Jonathan Hornblower‚ for materials and labour used at “Mr. Hornblower’s Mill” during the first half of 1796. 1 page 13 x 8 inches‚ marginal defects. 1796. Jonathan Hornblower (17531815)‚ pioneer of steam power. He developed a compound engine in 1781 but was prevented from pursuing his invention by litigation with James Watt His compound steam engine principle was not revived until 1804 by Arthur Woolf. Following the expiration of Boulton and Watt's patent‚ Hornblower's compound steam engine principle contributed significantly to the increases in steam engine efficiency. He invented the double-beat steam valve in around 1800. In other developments in steam technology‚ however‚ he was more successful and he died a rich man at Penryn in 1815. He is buried in St Gluvias churchyard.

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MALLET‚ Robert. 6885

MALLET‚ Robert.	6885	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to John Forbes Royle‚ asking how “a young acquaintance... whose energetic and cultivated mind‚ deserves a better worldly fate than he is placed in‚ and who has been educated a Surgeon in this City” should go about applying for a position with the East India Company. 3 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ remains of guard‚ folds‚ with the original envelope (stamp removed). 28 January 1841. Robert Mallet (1810–1881)‚ Irish civil engineer and scientist‚ was engaged in many engineering works in Ireland. His foundry supplied the castings for the first Fastnet Rock lighthouse (1848–9). Mallet invented the buckled plate‚ which he patented in 1852 (No. 557). Such plates were used widely in structures‚ particularly for flooring‚ where they combined maximum strength with minimum depth and weight. Mallet's investigations in physical geology were directed towards four main areas: glacial flowage (1837–45)‚ geological dynamics (1835 onwards)‚ seismology (1845 onwards)‚ and vulcanology (1862 onwards). Between 1850 and 1858‚ he coined no less than eight terms with the prefix ‘seism-’‚ including seismology. His classic paper to the Royal Irish Academy in 1846 on earthquake dynamics is regarded as one of the foundations of modern seismology. His correspondent is J.F.Royle (1799-1858)‚ surgeon and naturalist.

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MANBY‚ Charles. 9836

MANBY‚ Charles.	9836	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to C.Tomlinson‚ about Manby’s lecture‚ which his correspondent can not attend‚ and “I must draw largely upon your book for assistance in the description of various contrivances”. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. Institution of Civil Engineers‚ 21 February 1854. Chrles Manby (1804-1884)‚ civil engineer.

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MILLINGTON‚ John. 16665

MILLINGTON‚ John.	16665	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Miss Cockings at the Society of Arts‚ asking for tickets to permit Robert Murray and friends to view the Models at the rooms of the Society of Arts. 1 page 8 x 6 inches‚ with the address leaf‚ in good condition‚ light traces of mounting. 5 Doughty Street‚ Foundling Hospital‚ 7 April 1829. This was his last year in England before he went to Mexico to become chief engineer of the silver mines. John Millington (1779 – 1868)‚ English engineer who became an academic in America. He was a licensed attorney in England before he began his engineering career. He served as professor of mechanics at the Royal Institution from 1817 to 1829. He then worked as an engineer with the Anglo-Mexican Mining Association. Millington served as Professor of Chemistry and Natural Philosophy at the College of William and Mary from 1836-1848‚ Professor of Chemistry and Natural Science at the University of Mississippi. He obtained a doctoral degree in medicine and served as Professor at the Memphis Medical College.

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RAWLINSON‚ Robert. 13998

RAWLINSON‚ Robert.	13998	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to “My dear Alice”‚ about her visit to the Boltons at Christmas‚ discussing the transport and the Christmas traffice‚ and suggesting a visit to the Albert Hall. 3 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ in good condition‚ traces of former mounting. Lancaster Lodge‚ Boltons‚ West Brompton‚ 9 December 1872. Sir Robert Rawlinson (1810 – 1898)‚ engineer and sanitarian. Lord Palmerston sent a sanitary commission to the Crimea‚ consisting of Rawlinson and two medical members (Dr. John Sutherland and Dr. H. Gavin)‚ with full powers from the War Office‚ to do whatever it thought would lead to better hygienic conditions in camp and hospital. The commission reached Constantinople in March 1855‚ and‚ by insisting on what now seem the most obvious precautions‚ succeeded within a few weeks in reducing the death-rate in the Levantine hospitals from 42 to 23.4%. Passing on to the Crimea‚ it effected a similar improvement there‚ and by the end of the year the health of the whole British army in the field was even better than it enjoyed at home.

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RENNIE‚ John. 15474

RENNIE‚ John.	15474 Autograph Letter Signed ‘John Rennie’‚ three weeks before his death‚ referring to the supply of water for shipping‚ following “a letter from Mr. Steevens of the East London water works”‚ and enquiring about an earlier letter. 1 page 9½ x 8 inches‚ with a few lines and signature overleaf‚ in good condition. West India Docks House‚ 14 September 1821. The uncommon autograph of the elder John Rennie (1761-1821)‚ Scottish civil engineer‚ whose designs included the Docks at London‚ Blackwall‚ Hull‚ Liverpool‚ Dublin‚ Greenock and Leith.

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RENNIE‚ Sir John. 11033

RENNIE‚ Sir John.	11033 Autograph Letter signed‚ to Mr. Field‚ deploring his correspondent’s “meddling” and referring to the [London] Bridge Committee. A good one page example‚ 7 x 4½ inches‚ integral blank leaf. 27 August 1832. Sir John Rennie (1794-1874)‚ engineer‚ second son of John Rennie (1761-1821). Their most important commission‚ London Bridge‚ was opened in 1831. “In reply to your letter I cannot consent to your meddling with any of our work. The Responsibility must rest with yourself unless you can get the consent of the Bridge Committee.”

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SAMUDA‚ Joseph D’Aguilar. 11900

SAMUDA‚ Joseph D’Aguilar.	11900	Autograph Letter Signed ‘J.D’A.Samuda’‚ discussing payment for “the trial trip”‚ setting out on a second page the “Result of Trial Trip with Cornelia - 13 July 1853 - from Blackwall to Gravesend & back”‚ showing the speeds achieved in various experiments. 2 pp. 9 x 7½ inches‚ a few creases‚ in good condition. Orchard Place‚ Blackwall‚ 14 July 1853. Joseph D’Aguilar Samuda (1813-1885)‚ Jewish engineer and shipbuilder‚ politician. Samuda Brothers built iron steamships for both the Royal Navy and the merchant navy‚ and for the passenger and mail services of England and other countries‚ besides royal yachts and river boats. In 1860 he helped to establish the Institution of Naval Architects.

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SMYTH‚ Robert Brough. 6987

SMYTH‚ Robert Brough.	6987	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr.Hyde Clarke‚ anxious to meet “after I shall have got through the business that now wholly engages my attention”. 2 pp. 6 x 4 inches‚ fine. Morley’s Hotel‚ 24 September 1880. Robert Brough Smyth (1830–1889)‚ civil servant and mining engineer‚ arrived in Australia in 1852. The government published Smyth's compilation on Victorian mining‚ The Goldfields and Mineral Districts of Victoria‚ in 1869. In 1871‚ the geological survey was re-established under Smyth's supervision. He compiled The Aborigines of Victoria‚ published in 1878.

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