Pages 118 and 119 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 118]

I came home in the train with Dutch Dr Ariadne, who talked on scientific subjects.

He says that wood, if boiled in oil (vegetable best) for 24 hrs, & then dried, is like a new material, totally unaffected by damp or dryness. He says also that friction electricity will not do for telegraphs, as it becomes lost by travelling thro great lengths of wire. Also that hollow axles, containing mercury – are no longer liable to crystalization [sic], from vibration.

I agreed this morning to read German with Rasche to begin next Tuesday –

[Page 119]

Wed[nesday]. Decr 2nd. Moved to-day to Union Row, No 6, not No 1 as before supposed. My new rooms are far nicer than the last.

Sund[ay]. Dec 6 Went down to Shields & saw for the first time James’ new governess Miss Marriage a girl of 17 perhaps – very shy – and to James’ great amusement blushed awfully one morning when little Jenny wondered why Jeremiah did not come often as he had promised to do when the governess came. I really had said this once in fun, & the children had

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