Pages 2 and 3 of Jeremiah Head's diary

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Diary of Jeremiah Head, railway engineer for Robert Stephenson and Co, part founder of Fox, Head and Co
Head, Jeremiah

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of retaliation, chopped off the heads of three Americans in mistake for Englishmen, & stuck them on the walls of Canton.

At R. S. & Co’s we have just got an order for 50 locomotives for the Lombardo-Venetian line, which is beginning to make us very busy. Also a bridge for the Nile instead of a ferryboat, which became useless for want of water in the river.

The Illus[trate]d News notices a case of a Newcastle infidel or atheist bringing a suit against infidel at the county court, for debt. The council [sic] for the defendant reminded the judge that to an infidel

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the oath was not binding, whereupon, the judge asked the plaintiff if he considered that his condition after death would be at all affected by anything he might say now. The plaintiff answered No. and the case was dismissed.

The Illus[trate]d News says – We entertain for a man who could make this statement simply the compassion which we are all taught to feel for the ignorant. The non-comprehension of the Christian doctrine of a future state implies an imperfectly instructed mind, or an imperfectly developed intellect. But we are not so sure that the law should refuse its aid to such persons.

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