FAIRBAIRN, Sir William. 18105



Autograph Letter Signed ‘W.Fairbairn’, to E.T.Wight, discussing Wright’s patent for oblique joints, explaining that it would not “in so far as regards strength compensate for the extra labour and complexity which it involves”. A good one page example, 7 x 4 inches. Manchester, 8 April 1857 “I am a great advocate for simplicity in construction …” Sir William Fairbairn (1789-1874), engineer, established ship building works in London (1835-49), patented principle of wrought-iron girders for use in bridge construction.