Pages 86 and 87 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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them a statement of the consumption of fuel, & they could pass judgement accordingly.

And actual observation of the top of the chimney should prove whether the smoke nuisance was abated. Joseph Pease, said he bargained(?) with Stephensons’, about [struck through] for engines as good or better as any that could be made in the world; he had full confidence, that there was sufficient talent in their works, to guarantee the fulfilment of this contract, & he was now about to test their work.

We then went thro the mill Josh. Pease questioning each overlooker. Four out of six were of opinion that

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she was as regular as any engine that they had ever seen & they wished nothing better.

Among these four was the man who kept the clock[.] He said, we lost exactly a minute per hr, & this loss was always uniform.

The men in the uppermost & lowest rooms were satisfied but did not think her perfection, they did not think she went so well as the best of engines in other mills.

Taylor was then questioned in the office, for his part he was perfectly satisfied, and volunteered a remark to the effect that they [sic] was no engine in Bradford doing the same amount of work with so little fuel.

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