STEPHENSON, Robert (1803-1859). Civil engineer.Email about this entry
Autograph Letter Signed ('Rob Stephenson') to G. Holmes in Princes Street, Hanover Square, 1 page 4to, 34 Gloucester Square, 12 May 1848. Giving him an admission or pass for an unspecified purpose.
Robert Stephenson was at this time engaged on the construction of the Britannia and Conway Bridges, probably his greatest work, linking the Isle of Anglesey to the mainland by rail. The first of the two great iron tubes of the Brittania had been finished and, with considerable difficulty, put in place on 11 March, and the first locomotive passed through the tube only ten days later, with Stephenson on the footplate. It is likely that the present letter relates to an invitation to inspect the works.
'I only arrived in town last night, otherwise your note wd have had earlier attention. I enclose an admission leaving the day blank in order that you may consult your own convenience. Have the goodness to inform me what day you fill in.'On 12 August of this year, 1848, Stephenson's father George died at his residence at Tapton House at the age of 66.
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