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INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY
Series Two: Papers of John Rennie (1761-1821), Thomas Telford (1757-1834) and related figures from the National Library of Scotland

Part 2: Papers of John Rennie, Thomas Telford and Robert Stevenson

This microfilm collection offers material from two of the most important names of the Industrial Revolution, the Scotsmen John Rennie and Thomas Telford. Both were key figures in the development of the roads, bridges and canals that helped transform the British landscape in the 18th and 19th centuries. 

Part 2 concludes coverage of the papers of John Rennie with:

  • Rennie's Notebooks, 1784-1813 - these give a marvellous overview of his many projects and interests, whether visiting Devizes to discuss canal projects, negotiating with Boulton & Watt concerning steam engines, or in London discussing finance.  They include many drawings and measurements and show his enthusiasm, industry and inventiveness.
  • Business and family letters, providing an idea of commercial and domestic life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

This part also features 10 volumes of Thomas Telford's papers, describing his work on bridges, canals, harbours, fen drainage, railways and roads.

It concludes with two miscellaneous volumes including letters by Smeaton, Stevenson, Gibb, McAdam and others.

John Rennie

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