Letter Signed ‘Geo: Stephenson’, to Thomas Cook, having found Cook’s note “that you wish to have my professional opinion as to the best mode of improving your company’s road”, saying that he will inform Cook when he is next in London and available to meet. A good one page example, 8 x 5 inches. Tapton House [near Chesterfield, Derbyshire], 25 May 1843. George Stephenson (1781-1848), English inventor of the locomotive. George Stephenson never went to school, and learnt to read and write with difficulty, in later life. His autograph is scarce, and is a desirable addition to any collection of Inventors.