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SM 29/2/3


[15] Letter, dated 15 May 1791


Instructions concerning building materials and workmen and with two sketch plans for the eating room and bath, and servants hall and housekeeper's room


Barons Court / Particulars of / Materials wanted and Armagh to Lurgan (?) fine Country 14 Miles // Strabane May 15 1791 / For the Alterations proposed in the Hall front / rooms & which are to be completed with all / possible speed / 10 or 15 Loads ^ or Tons of fir timber Memel, Riga / or Dantzig must be immediately procured / Ferguson with others will do the Carpentry / Work of the Alterations to the present / Hall, as settled with Mr Mcfarlane / Masons must be sought - Mr (?) Blane who / is at Work at Lord Bristol is recommended / Lime & Scaffolding must be provided, a / small quantity easily ascertained by the / Workmen will be sufficient. / Floorings for the Hall to correspond with / the Eating Room & Withdrawing room / the Stone & bricks in the / walls on each side of / the Hall proposed to be / taken down will be sufficient // for building the Wall when the Columns / now are between the Hall & best Staircase / It will be right to make some bricks / at each place examined to ascertain the / quality // For the new Wings &c / 150 loads of Me----- (illegible) Timber to be imported as soon as possible / 250 M of Bricks / Stone from the walls by Roadside next / the Lake to be taken down & / brought up to the Building / Lime, Sand & Scaffolding / 3 0 of 2½ or 3 Inch yellow deal / 3 0 2½ or 3 Inch white deal / As Mr Mcfarlane is in possession / of the manner & extent of the // alterations & as a proper person will be / sent to superintend the Works it is / presumed no difficulties will arise but / what will be easily removed; it is only earnestly / requested that every exertion may be / made to procure the Materials & Workmen / as soon as possible, & that not a / moment should be lost in completing the / business // J. Soane // with sketch plan of Eating Room and of adjacent Bath labelled Hot and Cold and Mezzanine over / for Vapor / Bath & / (?) Ice Po-p-- (illegible) and of Servants / Hall and Keepers signed J. Soane

Signed and dated

  • 15 May 1791
    May 15 1791

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen on laid secretary paper with three fold marks (220 x 360)


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


Crowned cartouche with hunting horn and GR below



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