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SM 37/3/11A


[505] Letter from George Humphreys to John Soane, 24 October 1822


Correspondence regarding plans of the accommodation for the Deputy Custos Brevium, dated 24 October 1822


No 33 Red Lion Square /October 24th 1822 / Sir / When I had the Honour to wait / upon you a short time ago it was / mentioned in conversation that I / possessed Plans of all my Apartments, / and which I had made upon being / appointed to the Office of Custos Brevium. / You consented to my sending [_] / copies and which I deliver with / this Letter - The original Plans were upon / a large scale, showing the dimensions / of every thing down to the dimensions of shelves; and which were useful / to me in connexion with an Index / that I made to every document in / my possession – the reduced and / abridged / To / J. Soane Esq[ui]r[e] / (verso)abridged copies which accompany / this Letter are not likely to be of / any use to you, for, beyond the being / a reference to the interior of / Apartments which are inaccessible / unless I go to Mrs [D_] open / them: altho’ they can scarce / be of any use to you, Sir; yet I / conceive they may [_] since they / shew the quantity of Room occupied / by the Cus[tos]: Brev[ium]: and thereby will / [_] when the time comes round for an [_] count of new Places / for the Records. / I am altogether unacquainted / with Planning and drawing and / what I now offer requires to be / received as only an attempt to / represent the Rooms which / belonged to me - / I have / I have the Honor to be / Sir your obed[ian]t servant [_] / G Humphreys / Dep[uty]: Cus[tos]: Brev[ium]: / C[ommon].P[leas]. / W[estminster]. Hall / 24 Oct: 1822 / relating to the Court / of Common Pleas / accompanied with / drawing from / Mr. Humphreys

Signed and dated

  • 24/10/1822
    October 24th 1822

Medium and dimensions

Pen, on laid paper (378 x 237)


W Phipps



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