|Ref No||DM1306/11/1/1/folio 259-264|
|Title||Letter from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to John Yates, secretary of the Eastern Steam Navigation Company|
|Description||Written from 18 Duke Street, London. The letter expresses Brunel's surpise at the resolution passed by the Directors of the Eastern Steam Navigation Company to appoint someone to supervise the work on the ship and report back to them and his annoyance that the decision was made at a meeting not attended by Brunel. The letter reminds Yates, and the Directors, that Brunel's financial involvement in the project ensures that the project will have more of his attention than would usually be the case as well as the project's implications to Brunel's financial and professional reputation. Brunel insists that he needs the complete confidence of the board of directors which can be demonstrated by their entrusting the management of the construction work entirely to him although he promises to provide them with detailed communication and updates as to the progress of the project. |
The facing page to Folio 259 (verso of Folio 258a) is blank.
|Date||16 August 1854|
|Access Conditions||This material is held at the Brunel Institute - please contact the Brunel Institute to arrange access. |