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Charles Dickens
In a Rare Letter Mentioning Christmas, Charles Dickens Reflects Wistfully on his Membership in the Shakespeare Club He arranges to meet with a well known engineer immediately after the holiday He arranges to meet with a well known engineer immediately after the holiday
20/07/1869. Charles Manby was a well-known British engineers of the mid-19th century, his long career beginning when he assisted his father in building and sailing the world’s first sea-going iron steamboat. Moving spirit of the British Institute of Civil Engineers at the height of the era of invention, he was also Samuel Colt’s personal choice to oversee the American’s firearms establishment in London – in which capacity, in 1854, he gave a personal tour of Colt’s gun-making factory to his “great friend” Charles Dickens, one of Manby’s many literary acquaintances. Interestingly, while Manby was widely respected for “his intimate knowledge of the most important and gravest paths of the scientific world”, at the same time, he was “associated with the inner circles of the most brilliant theatrical society.”George Parker Bidder was an English engineer, architect and calculating prodigy. In childhood, his father, William Bidder, a stonemason, exhibited him as the “calculating boy”. In 1837 he was engaged with Robert Stephenson in building the Black-wall railway, and it was he who designed the peculiar method of disconnecting a carriage at each station while the rest of the train went on without stopping, which was employed in the early days of that line when it was worked by means of a cable. He also advised on the construction of the Belgian railways; with Robert Stephenson he made the first railway in Norway, from Christiania to Eidsvold; he was engineer-in-chief of the Danish railways, and he was involved with railways in India. He was also one o … [Click Below for Full Description]
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