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TELFORD, Thomas (1757-1834). Engineer.
Autograph Letter Signed ('Thomas Telford') to Mr ?Schlictegroll, 1 page 8vo (traces of mounting to the reverse), Salopian [Coffee House], 1 April 1816. Inviting his foreign friend to dine with him the following Friday and 'see the fine drawings I mentioned to you'.

Written during the period when Telford was involved not only with the Caledonian Canal in Scotland but with his Swedish venture, the extension of the Trollhätte Canal from Lake Vänern to Söderköping to meet the Baltic. Telford had been invited to undertake this commission by Count Bogislaus von Platen, a distinguished naval officer and diplomat, later governor of Norway, who was to become a lifelong friend. The engineer visited Sweden in connection with the work on only two occasions1, and von Platen came to England for the only time in England in 1822.

The letter is perhaps to Friedrich Schlictegroll, 1765-1822, (Telford having difficultly with the spelling). He wrote the preface to A Complete Course of Lithography, 1819, but is better-known as the first biographer of Mozart.

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(1) For Telford's first overseas visit he took the precaution of being well prepared:
'[He] had packed enough supplies to carry him across the Atlantic. As well as buying sets of blankets, sheets and pillows he placed an order with Bell Rannie & Co. ... that included included two dozen bottles of Madeira and the same of port; three dozen bottles of cider; six dozen of porter; half a dozen each of gin and brandy; a range of teas; three bacon hams; three pickled tongues; and a vast quantity of sugar and biscuits.' (Man of Iron / Thomas Telford and the Building of Britain, by Julian Glover, 2017, pages 210-211).


£425 [No: 26623]
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