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My advice would be, he said to see whether the manufacture of these things would suit our place & he recommended me to call on Mr Stephenson in London & see what he had to say *

*He described Jno Fowler’s present position as that of a toad under a harrow. He had suggested to [him] when he got married that he had far better give up scheming at the steam plough and he would find him a new & more satisfactory field for his energies in the iron trade of the ??? Cleveland district. Jno Fowler however considered himself wedded to steam ploughing, and although a life of comparative ease was in the balance against a life of certain difficulty – he chose the latter. And after all Mr Pease added, our pleasure in life is a good deal made of following our hobbies and perhaps he would not be happy in any other pursuit.

Tuesday Dec 13. Breakfasted with Jem Clapham, & did not find much difficulty

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in getting out of him all the difficult [struck through] information that was on hand.

While Mr Pease at this time had the highest opinion of his son-in-law’s personal character & talents, he always looked upon him & openly said that he was a bad financier.

There was a locomotive engine with a rotary digger behind. It was of a type a good deal advocated by some at this time but the experiments then made, soon showed that it was the wrong plan to take the weight involved by a powerful engine, backwards & forwards, up & down over soft land. Consequently after this date Romaine’s cultivator disappeared from perspication.

We then went to the works & saw the three successive machines that had been made both in plans & substance. I was introduced to Mr Alfred Crosskill, the manager who politely placed at my service all the information required, as Mr Weallens he said had been very kind to him in N[ew]castle. [36]

It appeared that Romaine & Crosskill had fallen out about the patent, & his work was at present suspended.

Crosskills had beautiful shops & machinery for making wheels, but they made

[36] Alfred Crosskill (1829-1904) was an agricultural implement maker, and a partner in the firm of A and E Crosskill based in Beverley.

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