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image SM volume 42/141A

Reference number

SM volume 42/141A

Purpose

[47] Letter from clerk of works

Inscribed

Betchworth Castel May 4 1800 /? Sir / I rcd your letter and the Draft Inclosed / for 25 pounds Mr and Mrs Peters are at Betchworth / and Desir'd me to send the Out lines of the / Greenhouse they would wish to have the width / of 6 feet at A to be covered with Lead all the / other post glass and that no [?] flowers wanted / desird me -- cannot go any wider than / the 15'3" but wish any other Improvement / If to be done before I leave the Castel / I shall be glad to have the Drawings, as soon / as possibel - The ---------- over Laundry / Mr Peters wish to have ---- (?) parts the two / rooms to be made as big carried over \ each other one Room is for Maid servant / and the Other for Men shall be glad to --- / If should put a quarter partition // Mr Morfield desir'd one me to inform you / that in Consequence of ----- ------ he / will not be ---- to leave the Castel / before Sunday Week. // Wr. Payne

Signed and dated

May 4 1800

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen page 141A of volume 42

Hand

Walter Payne
Walter Payne was Soane's long-standing clerk of works. He was first employed as clerk of works at the Bank of England from 1789 and remained there until Soane's resignation in 1833. He was the clerk of works for Soane's Pitzhanger house and he and his wife were left an annuity in Soane's will.
D.Stroud, Sir John Soane Architect, 1984, pp.64, 73n, 76; G. Darley, John Soane, an Accidental Romantic, 1999, p.92.
See also drawing [44] by Payne.

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Drawing

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