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[Page 144]

most of steam ploughmen _ he would not have touched him had he not been Jos. Pease’s son-in-law.

He besought him to think no more about locomotion for his steam engine, at all events at present.

We then went upstairs & looked at the microscope & stereoscope, he has both in great perfection, & abundance of specimens. His house is fitted up like a palace – two footmen to wait on three gentlemen!

He told me to go down to Newcastle, put my ideas on paper, and he would come & inspect them on the 4th of 5th. At present he was engaged with the big ship.

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Brunel he said, had been pinched for money & now everyone was running him down, but the more they said against him the more he would stick up for him.

I then went to my hotel

Thursd[ay] [December] 30. Came back to Gateshead saw Beale at York.

Fr[iday]. New years day – Went to the factory & worked most of the day at the ploughing engine –

Sat[urday], [January] 2. Worked till 7 at night at ploughing-engine

Sun[day] [January] 3, worked all day & till 6.30, at ploughing engine – Rec[eive]d yesterday a tracing of a 7 horse portable from Ransomes.

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