Pages 32 and 33 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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[Page 32]

I find that three boilers will keep the engine going even with the reduced grate the draught has to be a little stronger & the firing a little more frequent but the fireman fancies he uses less coal already. I am going to make a complete set of diagrams and calculations about the engines. I have given up going to see the coals weighed, as I see plainly the system & can trust the bills well enough.

I took a walk thro’ the mill yesterday afternoon & got the following evidence from the spinners.

Dick Laing, has been 30 years in the mill, is perfectly satisfied if we go on as we are doing now.

[Page 33]

Langhorn, is satisfied but does not think the motion so regular as with the old engines & waterwheel working together. Thinks we should find a difference if we couple a water wheel with our engine.

Bill ______ a new man from Bradford is perfectly satisfied, has been in a great many new mills about Bradford & thinks none run steadier than ours. Faster top room, spinning 84 the highest number in the mill, is quite enthusiastic about the running, he thinks we could spin up to 152 the specimen n[umbe]r sent to the great Exhibition. Of other mills, he thinks few come up to, & none surpass

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