Monday 6 Ap[ri]l 1824 / Select Comm[ittee] / Present / Sir C[harles]. Long / Mr. Bankes Sen[ior] in the Chair / Mr Herries / Mr Goulburn _ Col[one]l Trench _ Mr W[illiam] Bankes _ Mr. Agar Ellis _ Mr. Wi[lliams]
It was remarked by one / of the Com[mitte]e that Sir C[harles]. Long / idea (which by the way was J[ames]. Wyatt / & came to Sir C[harles] L[ong] thro[ugh] Jeff[rey]. [Wyatt] – of / making the Court Chapels to / the Hall was a good thought!
The Area now occupied by the Court of Kings. Bench etc / to be railed in & [planned?] / Mr W[illiam]. Bankes
Mr. B[ankes] Sen[io]r. observed there / was to be a passage / between W[estminster]. Hall & the Court one entrance into / that passage would have been sufficient – / At last it was settled for me / to prepare two elevations for / a Gothic front one with a small / Oct[agonal] Tower & the other with Sq[uar]e Tower etc.
A level line from the N[orth]w[est]. Tower of Stone Building to be drawn from that Tower to the
front Wall of / I Mr. Soane have seen many such lines in build[in]g. of the Court and [it] / would be scarcely visible Mr Bankes Sen[ior] to send Lord Harrowby / occasion _
Mr. Bankes & Mr. Williams again said no place could be more conveniant / Mr. Bankes S[e]n[io]r thought the passage between W[estmins]ter. Hall & the Courts should be / & the Courts [_] home to the Wall of West[minster] Hall (what business of the / [could] want a front.
Signed and dated
Monday 6 Ap[ri]l 1824
Medium and dimensions
Pen, on wove paper (782 x 569)
Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837), architect
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