Pages 46 and 47 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 46]

of talk, about England & the continent. He expressed great surprise at the great age of many celebrated Englishmen [such] as Palmerston, Russel, Lyndhurst, Gen[eral] Havelock &c. & said that on the Continent, every man is used up at 45, & in the army officers are pensioned off at 55.

On my arrival here, I routed up Anderson, told him to check up Wilson, & said I would call at the mill, to see how they were going on. After meeting I did so, & found that that the valves & cutter were to[o] large & would have to be trimmed down before they could be put in. So we left the mill for that day.

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I dined with Alfred Whitwall & he drank tea with me. He is a han[d]some, lazy fellow & is desperately fond of novels. In the evening there was a public meeting, & to my great astonishment in walked William & Miss Wrightson. After meeting I went home with them to a place called Houghton, or something like it where they are stopping with a lot of aunts & uncles. One of the aunts is a nice lady like person, but the two old uncles(,) are very plebeian looking men & have a fearful brogue. Miss Wrightson is a very nice girl, I like her very much. Poor William is a good natured plodding, industrious fellow without much ability, - a great deal of simplicity, - and not

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