Ref NoDM1306/11/1/2/folio 307-309
TitleLetter from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to John Scott Russell
DescriptionWritten from 18 Duke Street, Westminster, London. The letter complains that Brunel has repeatedly, and vainly, requested Russell send him the drawings and specifications for the screw, screw shaft and paddles to allow Brunel to make a contract ad an order for them and warns Russell that unless he receives a written order, the works are not deemed to have been ordered. Brunel explains what he has received for each of the parts and warns Russell that if he does not get the documents he has requested, he may well have to draw up the designs himself and will then go out to various manufacturers for tenders. Brunel remarks that a delay in manufacturing the after bearing and screw shaft is good because he is now considering offering the work to Messers Watt & Co who are manufacturing the screw engine and requests Russell go back over Brunel's previous letters and remind himself of the documents and information that were requested and set about getting them together for Brunel. Brunel particularly warns Russell to look to the information that Brunel wanted for the launching since their conversation has not resolved much and that although the general system of launching is settled, Brunel must still see and approve the plans for constructing the launching ways. Brunel also warns Russell about the future payments for work done which Brunel will only calculate based on the work actually completed. Brunel also remarks on the need for him to have the finalised details of the centre of gravity of the ship before he can approve of the plans for the launching ways.
Date18 October 1855
FormatManuscript volume
Extent3 pages




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