Ref NoDM1306/11/1/2/folio 164-166
TitleLetter from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to H. W. Blake
DescriptionWritten from 37 Great George Street, Westminster, London. The letter identifies certain matters that Brunel noticed on his visit to Watt & Co's Soho foundry that need to be remedied. In particular, Brunel points out the need to include a support to the centre bar between the steam passages incorporating three good studs or stays (with instructions as to how these should be constructed). Brunel also requests that work is suspended so that the whole process can be considered carefully in its entirety before it is begun so that nothing goes wrong and requests drawings be sent to him before the work is started and expresses his utmost refusal to approve a cylinder with a bad slide face. The letter also remarks on the bolting of the cylinder to the frame which Brunel believes is too weak. The letter explains that Brunel has several ideas for strengthening the frame but requests that drawings be sent to him before anything is done and highlights the particular weaknesses that he has observed. Also remarked on in the letter is the need for Brunel to have very good drawings of the double connecting rod. Brunel also expresses his disapproval of the design of the air pump which he does not think will work efficiently. The letter also lists the details of the drawings that Brunel wants Blake to send him.
Date19 July 1855
FormatManuscript volume
Extent3 pages




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