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& this discovery of course upset the whole thing at once until I can get more perfect instruments.

This morning after breakfast we commenced putting on the first of the smoke-consuming doors. I went to the monthly meeting, & afterwards began to copy out & reduce the diagrams taken from the engines. This evening I am going to drink tea at Henry Pease[’]s at Pierremont [17] .

Sept 16 Wed[nesday]. Went to Hy Pease[’]s last night to tea; most of the ladies were Pelaw scholars; Henry Pease is a pleasant man & talked about the state oratory in the house of Commons. Met a young man named

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Fox from Kingsbridge, Devon, decent fellow but rather green.

Today we had 27 in No1 & 26 in No2 condensers[.] Anderson found a piece of hemp sticking in the escape valve of No1 large cyl[inder] last night, which had made it leak. This, & new packing in the stuffing box of the condenser pipe, caused the better vacuum. Showed Wm Richardson thro’ the mill this afternoon, he was particularly struck with the engines. This morning I went with Fearnley to see a smoke preventing apparatus, at Swinburn’s the tobacconists; it consisted merely of an air-valve, introducing air behind the bridge

[17] Henry Pease (1807-1881) was a director of the Stockton and Darlington Railway and lived at Pierremont, Darlington.

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