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[Page 126]

very few portable engines.

Jem Clapham dined with me at the Beverley arms & then I proceeded to London.

Wed[nesday]. Dec[embe]r 16. On coming down to breakfast at the G[rea]t Northern hotel, I found John Fowler waiting for me *

He struck me as a tall handsome man a little awkward in gait probably from the length of his limbs There was also I thought a little nervousness in his manner at first

I agreed to take a bed with him at Tottenham that night, & go to Ipswich, where his machinery was in the morning –

As soon as he rec[eive]d information of my coming from the Peases, he telegraphed down to Ransomes at Ipswich to get the machinery into working order. [37]

Then I went to seek Mr Stephenson, but as I

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