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STEPHENSON, Robert (1803-1859). Civil engineer.
Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent ('Sir'), 1 page 8vo, (small tears on margins and fold professionally repaired), Gloucester Square, 'Sunday Mg', no date. Arranging to meet him and his wife.
Stephenson moved to 34 Gloucester Square in 1847. Having lost both his father and his wife, he lived alone in the great house, the company of friends cheering his later years. He gradually withdrew from engineering, although still maintaining an interest in the work undertaken by his staff at Great George Street, who in turn consulted him on all projects of importance. He did leave his semi-retirement to personally supervise the construction of a railway from Christiania to Lake Miosen in Norway, making visits in 1851, 1852, and 1854. Stephenson was returned as MP for Whitby in 1847 and served that constituency until his death. He proved an active parliamentarian and, although staunchly Tory, an independent one.
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