London, South Kensington
29 November 1996
JAMES NASMYTH (1808-1890)
Autograph letter signed ("James Nasmyth") to I. K. Brunel, 3 pages, 4to, Patricroft, April 9th, 1845.
"I feel very sincerely obliged and indebted to you for the carefull consideration you have bestowed on my steam vacuum system -- which altho' in the present condition has failed to satisfy you on the grand point of comparitive Economy. I still hope that you may be the first and great friend to its being put on the trial. I am the more anxious on this hand as I feel so confident that under your sanction it would be certain to have a fair trial ... I still hope that you may feel warranted in recommending it to the attention of the board."
Creased on folds, some marginal tears.
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