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SPILLER, James (d. 1829)
Address to the Governors & Guardians of the Foundling-Hospital, by Jas. Spiller and Thos. Spencer, ... intended as a justification of their reports and proceedings, in reply to observations upon their said reports and proceedings, by Samuel Pepys Cockerell, Esq. ... To which are added, the reports of the said surveyors and others, and the observations of Mr Cockerell, by way of appendix.
London:, printed by C. and W. Galabin,, 1807.
163, [1] p. ; 22.2 cm. (8º)

James Spiller and Thomas Spencer were employed in 1807 by the Governors of the Foundling Hospital to survey the houses being built on the hospital estate. Their report strongly criticized the architect, S.P. Cockerell and the principal builder, James Burton, but as a result of Cockerell's observations upon their findings they were dismissed. 'As a justification of [their] reports and proceedings' they printed an Address to the Governors & Guardians of the Foundling-Hospital in July 1807. Early in 1808 they brought their work out again under the title Reports upon the buildings erected on the estate of the Foundling Hospital (q.v.), with a final letter to the Governors dated 29 December 1807 desiring their professional and moral characters to be cleared of unjust imputations. Spiller was a close friend, frequent correspondent, and occasional assistant to Soane. (See A.T. Bolton, The portrait of Sir John Soane, 1927, pp. 100--6; Colvin, pp. 912--3.)

Copy Notes Copy 1: Inscribed in ink on title-page Not published. Imperfect: wanting pp. 145--160. Text underlined in ink on pp. 87--88, 'Report of Messrs Dance and Lewis, (Architects,) to the Building-Committee of the Governors of the Foundling-Hospital'.
Copy 2: 20.5 cm. Inscribed in ink on title-page Not published. Bound in a collection of pamphlets.

Binding Copy 1: Original blue paper boards.
Copy 2: C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine, black spine-label lettered 'Spiller & Spencer's Address &c &c', numbered '24' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 3339

Additional Names Foundling Hospital (London); Spencer, Thomas (fl.$1807); Cockerell, Samuel Pepys (1754--1827); Burton, James (1761--1837)

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