Ref NoDM1306/11/1/2/folio 425-429
TitleLetter from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to John Scott Russell
DescriptionWritten from 18 Duke Street, Westminster, London. The letter hopes that Russell found the results of his discussion with Brunel useful and Brunel explains that he is writing out the results of their discussion with the work that Russell promised to do so that Russell can think over if he is certain that he will be able to undertake the work he suggested and can check with his bankers. However Brunel insists on having Russell's assurance that he can carry out what he promised and that his bankers are in support of the matter and warns Russell not to let his bankers gain the mistaken impression that Russell can order fixed periodical payments from the Eastern Steam Navigation Company. Brunel expresses his scepticism that Russell will be able to have the ship finished and ready for launching by 1 May 1856 and pushes the date back to the 1st June 1856 and promises to backdate the arrangement to the beginning of October to give Russell a payment for the work done since October. Brunel sets out the amounts of iron and timber delivered to the yard and still to be erected and fixed in play and the amount of money still to pay and divides up that payment according to the work to be done. Brunel also sets out how he proposes to divide up the future payments and quantities of work.
Date22 November 1855
FormatManuscript volume
Extent5 pages






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