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2v (SM volume 41)

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2v (SM volume 41)

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The Bridge of Nueillie is one of the great works which have lately been done / at Paris, it consists of five Arches each 120 French feet Span, being portions / of a Circle and having in front only 25 rise though within the Arches are / Ellyptical and somewhat higher as appears by the annexed Sketch the road on / the top is entirely level and consists of two footways and a Spacious road in the / middle the whole 45 wide the Communications to the Bridge both from Paris / and St Germains consists of triple avenues on the whole about 200 ft wide brought / in a Straight line and on a perfect level from Paris to Nueille which is about / four miles, part of these being raised 28 French feet above the natural levels / of the Ground, and other parts as much hollowed into hills that intervene / from Nueillie to St Germains the same avenues are to be Continued and part / is already done and Planted but in that part a perfect level is not preserved, /This Bridge alone Cost as I was told 2,600,000 Livers (livres) or 113000£s and the / expences of the avenues must be very Considerable for the reasons above mentioned / the whole Bridge is built of hard stone some of which are 34 and many 23 / feet long by 2,,2 Sqr others 9 feet Square by 14 thick it was designed and built / by Monsrs Perronnet & de Chetri Enginiers of the Ponts & Chaussies of / France begun 1768 and finished 22 Sept 1772.This approach to Paris is as Magnificent as all the others are bad it is to / begin at St Germains and run in two straight lines and a great part / of it on a perfect level quite to Paris over the Bridge of Neuillie through / the bois de Boulogne, the Cours de la Reine, the Place de Louis Quinze, and / quite up through the Gardens, to the Palace of the Thuilleries.

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