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SM (7) 41/6/1A


Draft of letter to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury


7 Letter


To the Rt Honble the Lords Commissioners / of His Majesty's Treasury // My Lords // In obedience to your Lordships commands conveyed / to me by Mr Longs letter of Decr 2nd I have considered the / observations contained in the Report of His Royal High- / ness the Prince of Wales's Surveyor General upon / the proposed removal of the Office of the Dutchy of / Cornwall into the adjoining House in Somerset Place. // I must beg leave to state to your Lordships / that to my Report of Augst 13th the Plans of the / Principal Floors only were annex'd, not judging the others / necessary, and which are now submitted for your / Lordships inspection, as they will shew what each / Office now has and what is proposed for them therby / explaining the whole of the proposed arrangement / as well for the accommodation of the Dutchy of Cornwall / as for the Lord T[reasurer's] Rem[embrancer's] Office & the Pipe Office, parts / of which relating to the Dutchy of Cornwall have been / misunderstood as will appear to your Lordships from the / inspection of the following Plans----; (verso): Records so important, it follows that they / must be deposited in the present Dutchy / Office, before any thing can be thence removed, and / I need not suggest that this is a circumstance that / will be attended with the greatest inconvenience / and the most embarrassing confusion----; (Soane): It appears upon investigation that The Pipe / Office and the Lord Treasrs Remembrancers / Office will require ^wish to have all the Room / appropriated for their are in the ?agreed / Plans but it was observed that must be & the / Dutchy of Cornwall will ^then have as before / stated have as many Rooms on / each floor as they have at present, as well as ????? / several ^considerable advantages / in addition thereto as appears by the Plans the Public Passage on the Basement Story / cannot affect the dutchy as app / will appear from as without the / offices to the south of the said Passage / the dutchy has already more ----- (illegible) / space as on this floor than at / present, there will be some trouble / in moving but I have hope it would / be materially overbalanced by the / conveniences change of situation. // As ^to there will require care in ??????? to the Records of the Pipe Office / and the Lord J. R. Offices whilst the / It The ^Centre House in which the Records of the / Pipe Office & Lo T Office are now ..... (the rest illegible)

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (377 x 193)


Soane office and Soane


J Larkin (cut off)


Soane's letter to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury responds to observations made by the Surveyor General to the Duchy of Cornwall. The plans referred to in the letter may be drawings 5 and 6. On the verso, in Soane's hand, is a draft of letter 8.



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