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Bought, Sotheby's sale, 22 June 1976, lot 158.
Folio 83, bought, 1976, Maggs Bros Limited, London, catalogue 977, number 151.
Folio 89, bought, 1972, Francis Edwards, Limited, London, Bulletin number 2, item 199.
With the exception of two letters (MS.19972, folios 83, 89), the papers were preserved in the family of John Rickman, the statistician.
The papers are arranged by undertaking.
The papers consist of business correspondence, draft reports, accounts and other papers relating to Thomas Telford's professional activities for the last decade of his life, as well as correspondence and some drafts relating to the 'Life of Thomas Telford civil engineer' itself. The business papers relate mainly to Scottish undertakings and to harbours, canals and Fen drainage, with some personal and professional accounts.
The collection is roughly half of the material which survived in John Rickman's hands; the other half, consisting primarily of English material, especially relating to the Holyhead Road.
John Rickman edited and published the 'Life of Thomas Telford Civil Engineer, written by himself' (London, 1838).
The final manuscript of the 'Life of Thomas Telford Civil Engineer, written by himself', is now with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.