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SM volume 41/17


[1] Record copy of letter from Soane to M.S.Branthwayte, 28 February 1784


Dear Sir // I am honored with your obliging Letter, & am exceedingly / happy to hear that the Drawings have yours & Mrs Branthwayte's / approbation. I should have proposed a plan for removing the / Kitchen entirely out of the House but from the fear of being thought / desirous of leading you into more expence than you intended, which / on all occasions I shall hope & endeavour to avoid. // I do not think there would be any great objection to the / situation of the doors, however they may be most easily removed . / / I hope soon to have the pleasure of seeing you in Norfolk, / & am with respectful Compts to Mrs Branthwayte. // Your much oblidged Sert.


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Signed and dated

  • 28 February 1784
    London Febry 28:1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (240 x 362) bound in 'Precedents in Architecture' volume 41


Sanders, John (1768--1826) - Library - Catalogs
John Sanders (pupil 1 September 1784-90)





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