Letter from Samuel Holmes, New Jersey to Robert Young

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Young, Robert (b 1860 – d 1932)
Young, Edith Mary (b1875 - d 1954) (nee Lees)

A strongly worded letter which is critical of Robert Young ‘Neither of us are writing for the sake of writing’; considers his views on Trevithick and George Stephenson to be a cause for anxiety and does not like his ‘wavering’ on Hedley ‘this is enough to make uncle John turn in his grave’; suggest he is writing weakly when it comes to George Stephenson, Robert Young had apparently suggested that writing negatively about Stephenson would ‘have a damaging effect in England’; refers to remarks made on his manuscript [presumably the ‘forward’ he wrote for the book]; ‘entertainment must be given to make it readable or your facts will never be learned’, must not just reach the engineering world, but also the general public, needs more than engineering facts.


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