Amongst the bound Telford MSS. in the Library of the Institution of Civil Engineers the following should particularly be noted :
1810-30 Vol. I Bridges
1810-30 Vol.II Canals, Railways
MS. vol. 'Catalogue of Maps, Plans and Papers of the late Thomas Telford Esqr. as bequeathed to the Institution of Civil Engineers 1834'
[Arrangement of above vols. by Wm. Pole (D.N.B.) ? See Hove Central Library Autograph Collection : Pole 55 : ltr. from Chas. Manby, 20 Nov 1843. NRA 10102]
TELFORD DRAWINGS : MS. LIST IN 3 VOLS.
Tabulated thus :
Serial No. Subject of drwg. Exact descrptn. Type (e.g. Drawing or Engraving)
[Right-hand page] Manner of disposal Destination Remarks [usu. none]
Examples, Vol.2 :
2078 Drain Section of New Proposed Marshland Drain Drawing Destroy
2079 Harbour Plan of a Steam Boat Harbour with the Suspension Roadway proposed to be constructed on the Northern Shore of the Estuary of the Dee ... By Thos. Telford 1822.
Drawing Telford Bequest Offered to Chester C.C. 30.11.06
MS. POCKET NOTEBOOK [of T.?]
1822-23 Surveys/work in progress : Nene Outfall;
Bude Canal; [Royston-Newcastle Road];
Seaham Harbour; etc.
Reverse order : S. Wales [Road] Survey.
MS. POCKET NOTEBOOK of T.
At one end : architectural memoranda.
At other end : notes on work, 1808 : Aberdeen Canal; Ballater; Gotha Canal [mainly]; Corpach.
1810 MS. VOL. OF ARCHITECTURAL NOTES BY T.
Extracts from works on architecture. Contents :
"1. Some Remarks on the Churches of the Saxons
2. State of Architecture from the Norman Conquest to the Reign of Henry the 8th
3. Dimensions of Cathedrals" and other papers.
MS. VOL. CANAL OF BURGUNDY (from Perronet's works)
MS. VOL. ON CALEDONIAN CANAL [mainly]
Estimates, memoranda, etc.
Ink & wash elevations, sections : bridges, locks, equipment, incl. : tipping wagons, timber carriages , horse stages, windlasses, etc.
Also : ink & wash cross-sections : Runcorn Bridge.
EDINBURGH : DEAN BRIDGE
1828-32 2 vols. of bound corres., reports, etc. Correspondents include : J. Jardine; John Learmouth; J. Gillespie Graham; Jas. Hope; Chas. Atherton; J. Gibb.
MS. BOOK OF REFERENCE
1824 Mail Road Edinburgh - Morpeth through Berwick.
HIGHLAND ROADS & BRIDGES
1830 Mar - 1831 Nov Copy ltr. books of Joseph Mitchell (ltrs. to Telford, contractors, etc.) (3 vols.)
1831 Nov-1833 Apr Presented to the I.C.E. by W. Paterson, Dist. Engineer, L.M.S., Glasgow, Dec 1946 [corres. re presentation loose in Vol.1].
1833 Apr-1834 Nov
MS. REPORT 'For the Board of Agriculture on Mills'
Pagination : 180-199 (copies of 3 letters) followed by pp.1-179 [signed Thos. Telford Shrewsbury March 1790]
Deals with water, wind, horse, hand, dressing, threshing, etc., mills. Illus. with engravings and w. original ink & wash diagrams [some by Wm. Jones]. [Awaiting rebinding]
MS. POCKET NOTEBOOK : on cover 'Runcorn Bridge'
[1814-17] Includes details of chain experiments, Brunton's Manufactury; and copy ltr. from Thos. Stanton, 24 Mar 1814. [Wm. Brunton, DNB, presumably]
MS. VOL. : SEVERN NAVIGATION
1. Rpt. of W. Jessop, engr., on present navig. state of Severn (1784).
2. Rpt. of same, on means of improving navig. (1784).
3. Freeholder's ltr. to landowners re Severn improvement and horse-towing.
4. Observations by Navigator (1788).
5. Rpt. of Josh. Nickalls, engr., on effects of locks (1786).
6. Gen. effect of [Groynes].
7. Extract of ltr. from Rbt. Mylne (1790).
8. J. & E. Troughton, instrument makers, Fleet St. : orig. invoice, 2 Aug 1799, to T. for level with achromatic telescope [pinned to page].
Orig. ltr. from Edward B. Smith, Engineer's Office, Huddersfield Canals, L.N.W.R., to Jas. Forrest, 22 Jun 1885 : presenting document [invoice or volume ?] to I.C.E. [Bound in.]
MS. VOL. OF TECHNICAL NOTES [possibly T.'s].