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NASH, John (1752-1835). Architect.
Fine Autograph Letter Signed to the Earl of Caledon, 2 closelyb written pages 4to with address-leaf, Dover Street, 25 November 1815. Attempting to explain the possible reasons for the 'swagging dome' at Caledon (County Tyrone, Ireland) as being defective carpentry, discussing possible causes of damp and a cure for the smoking fireplaces.
'I am astonished at your Letter - and have examined the Darwings from which the work was executed - nothing can be stronger than the construction which supports the dome ... be assured my Lord the construction by which the dome is supported is capable of sustaining treble the weight - what has been the cause of the swagging of the dome we are all at a loss to conjecture but that it will not fall or is in danger of falling we are certain. I am of opinion it will be found that the timbers have shrunk which all timbers will do - & that screwing them up into their place again will bring the whole right again - it is also possible that the carpenter who fixed the framing may have neglected to wedge it up tight or may have omitted the Iron straps. ...'
'Should the inconvenience of smoke still exist I can now decidedly say Cutlers grates will effectually cure them. I have used them to the number of 13 at Brighton & they in all respects answer and I have applied them to old grates ... .'
Together with photographs of Caledon showing the two domed extensions which were part of the alterations and additions made by Nash about 1812, and a letter from the British Library about the background to the letter.
[No: 20442]


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