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Reference number

SM 46/4/1

Purpose

[1] Letter to Soane from Clement Hemery, 10 February 1810

Aspect

Tuesday 10th Febry 1810 / Sir / I Have Herewith to transmit you a sketch of the front & back of my house which you informed / Revd Philip Lebston about two weeks ago when he left the ground plan with you, was necessary in case / that you might be enabled to modernize it. The alterations I require are these. /To encrease the dining Parlour & new model the windows. / To encrease the Drawing Room & to new model the Windows - This I am apprehensive / will be attended with more difficulty than the alterations of the dining Parlour owing to the lownes[s] / of the room of that story. I though leave it to you to join the two rooms in one by means of / folding door or to take from the one to add to the other, if you think the height will admit of it. / To continue a back stair case for servants, / To lay out the grounds in the back of the house, from which I am removing a Coach & other / out house which I propose building in a piece of land separate from the house. / To have the plan of a new position in part of the house in line of the old one which has been / removed. / You have above the changes I have chiefly in view but which I shall thank you / to point out such others as may strike you after haviing examined the plan; and though you / require furthe explanations, you will please write to me for them. As the season of the year for / beginning this job now advancing I will be obliged to you to let me have your plans as soon / as possible, forwarding it to me directed as at foot / I am / Sir / Your most obedient Serv / Heremy // Clement Heremy / Jersey / Care of Charles Ward Esqr / Southampston / Soane Esqr / Lincolns Inn Fields / London

Inscribed

as above

Signed and dated

Febry 10 1810

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid (writing) paper (230 x 380)

Hand

hand of Clement Hemery (client)

Watermark

crowned shield J Honig & Zoonen

Notes

The letter refers to survey drawings [2] and [3]

Level

drawing

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