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I went to dine at Catherine [sic] Backhouse’s at Beechwood & there met her son John Church Backhouse. [18] He looks very ill. She has a beautiful garden & is a very fine old lady.

I have been working very hard at the smoke prevention apparatus for Annandale[’]s mill, & have got it pencilled in. In the evening I went to play whist at Hanson’s[.] Lucas & Stephenson were there. The latter seems a decent fellow the former inclined to be grumpy.

Wed. 30th. Was glad to find Anderson back at the Mill this morning. The settlement of yesterday had had a good effect, all were minding their own business.

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When over the works last Sunday, found that Dodd’s casehardening furnace(,) did not answer so well as the old one, the arches under the chamber had given way: she took far more fuel than the old one on account of being worked by flame & not just red hot coke. The disadvantages seemed to be the difficulty of keeping the chamber tight, the impossibility of putting in an additional article, during a heat, the greater quantity of fuel req[uire]d & the greater complication of the furnace.
Thu[rsday]. 31st Oct[ober]. Heard from Robert that Mick had got notice to leave so I went to Fearnley & asked if such were the case: he said it was but he did not wish it known as he did not

[18] John Church Backhouse (1811-1858) was a member of the Backhouse banking family. He would die in a little over a year from this meeting on 10 November 1858. Katherine Backhouse (1792-1882) was in fact his stepmother. See Joseph Foster, The descendants of John Backhouse, yeoman, of Moss Side (London 1894), p.22.

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