A long Autograph Letter Signed, to Marc Isambard Brunel, praising his “grand works”, his talented son, discussing Engineering, the Great Western Railway, the Irish railway survey, English “as the Language of Commerce and of a people of unparalleled enterprize and perseverance”, and much else. 3 pp. 10 x 7 inches, folds, in good condition. Brompton Square, 26 January 1839. Francis Place (1771-1854), radical reformer, author of The Principle of Population. He had a successful tailoring business at Charing Cross.