BRAMAH, John Joseph. 14749



Autograph Letter Signed, to Mr. John Innes, Thames Bank Iron Works, discussing the completion of “the first Tank”, and his approach to the Directors of the City Gas Company for the finance his correspondent requires. 2 pp. 9 x 7½ inches, in good condition, with the integral address leaf. Grosvenor Works, Pimlico, 24 June 1836. A useful record of London’s industrial history. John Joseph Bramah (1798-1846) was a nephew of Joseph Bramah (1748-1814), who was famous for the lock he invented and also for the hydraulic press, and was also responsible for many other inventions including a type of flush toilet, a machine for automatically printing bank notes with sequential serial numbers, the beer pump, as well as developments in civil engineering. John Joseph Bramah gathered together a huge business in railway plant at Pimlico based on his uncle’s business, with the help of George and Robert Stephenson. The business eventually became Fox Henderson. “I must not appear before the Board [of the City Gas Company] in ignorance as to the time for finishing the first Tank, the delivery of the remainder of the Castings for the Second and of the time required for fixing after obtaining possession of the Ground …”