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4r (SM volume 41)

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4r (SM volume 41)

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Part-plan and part-elevation of the Bridge for the Place de Louis XV. Initially, the Pont Louis XV, later the Pont Louis XVI, and later still the Pont de la Concorde (1786-94).We Saw amongst many others Curious Machines in Monsr Perronnet Gallery one / for Sawing Piles under water which preforms with great exactness it was invented / by Monsr Vogel.The Chevalier Lascaris treated us with an account of his manner of Transpor / porting the rock, which serves as a Pedestal to the Equestrian Statue of Peter / the Great at (Saint) Petersburgh which weigh 300,000 W which he rolld on Bulletts / of Copper 5in Diamr running in Grooves of the same metal and used leavers of / 4 ft Diam, and 60ft long, to move and raise it he brought it out of a bog where it / lay, Carried it a Considerable way by Land and afterwards by water to petersburg / in Vessal built on purpose, he took the Depth of Winter for his Land expidition when / the bogs were frozen 4 ft deep and by that means found the bottom Sufficient / to bear this vast burden.(Chevalier de Lascaris or Lascary, that is, Comte Marin Carburi de Ceffalonie, Greek engineer, published his account in Monument élevé a la gloire de Pierre-le-Grand (Paris, 1777). There is a copy of this book in Soane's library.)Adjoining to the Palace Royal is the Opera House (completed 1770) built by Morreau (Pierre-Louis Moreau-Desproux, born 1727 or 1736, executed 1793) the / front toward the Rue St Honorie is simple, not inelegant, and Leads to a / very handso^ome Vestibule arched and decorated with Doric fulled Columns / at each ends of which are flights of Steps that leads to the different parts / of the Theatre which is spacious of a very good form and well decorated the / Construction of the Boxes deserves imitation as they are calculated to show / the Company to best advantage they are supported with Irons as at A.

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