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SM volume 41/loose sheet (at f. 82r)


[18] Letter from John Pullinger to Soane with two sketch details, 14 January 1793


Letter including invoice from the site clerk of works at Piercefield John Pullinger to Soane


addressed to John Soane Esqr / Great Scotland / Yard and verso (invoice) Act. of Day work at Piercefield 1793 / Description / Clerk / Name / Pullinger / Jany 7th / Atendance (sic) at / Piercefield / 1 day / 8th [to] 12th / 1 Day Do / Days / 6 / at per / Day 4/0 / £ s d / 1=4=0 Sir // the Roof will be on next week for Slaters to begin slating / Mr Smith wishes to have the Joiners work don[e] as well as can be / here is not a good hand to be got in this Countrey, I have got 1 / good one out of Glocester Shire a Man that workd under me at / Saml Robt (?) Gassen Esqr at Bell Barr Harts [Hertfordshire], I have Advised / Mr Smith to get 2 good (?) experienced Joiners from London / Men that can work, for now Person can tell what trouble I have / had with countrey Carpenters All the floors and Roof. / Mr Smith Informed me he will rite to you to Engage 2 (sealing wax over next word) / to send down as soon as Posable as he is in a hurry for West Parlour and a Chamber to be finish, & Mr Smith ask'd me if I know of any / 2 good men I canot say ware to find them but a Mr Taylor / Tool Maker in Swallow Street an Aquaintance of mine / is aquainted with the Best Joiners in London he wishd I / would rite to him If he knew of any he could Recommend / to you I have rite to Mr Taylor and gave him Directions / to send them to Your Office If he knows of any that will do // Sir I am Your Faithfull Servant // John Pullinger

Signed and dated

  • 14 January 1793
    Jany 14th / 1793

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil on secretary paper folded five times for dispatch and with red sealing wax (390 x 225)


John Pullinger, Soane
SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837), architect
John Pullinger, Soane



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