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A detailed estimate and specification for an 'elegant new chariot' to be supplied to Timothy Hutton, of Clifton Castle, Yorkshire, together with related correspondence, dated variously in
1844 and 1845. Horne, Thompson and Holland, coach builders and harness makers, and successors to the coach makers Edward and James Houlditch, had premises at 93 Long Acre (London) having just moved from 254 Oxford Street (according to the Post Office London Directory for 1843). Timothy Hutton (b. 1779) had purchased the Cliftonestate in 1802, demolished the original Clifton Castle and commissioned John Foss to build the present Grecian style house. In 1844/45 Hutton was High Sheriff of Yorkshire. He died without heirs in 1863. Clifton Castle is now the seat of the Marquess of Downshire. The principal document in this small archive is a single folded sheet (folio size: 40 x 25.5 cms), with clean tears at folds (no loss), comprising a long and detailed quotation for the supply of a new coach at a total estimated cost of a massive 304 guineas (5% discount for cash). It begins thus: 'April 17 1844. Estimate of an elegant new chariot of the very best materials & workmanship with sword case & inside seat-box, the inside lined with fine cloth & improved watered silk or morocco squabs stuffed with the best curled hair & trimmed with lace double folding steps recessed in the doors trimmed with cloth & morocco the roof covered with leather & mounted with brass or silver plated mouldings, fashionable door handles, a splash frame covered with double patent leather, & a pair of patent double bodied lamps. .....'. There follow an extensive list of further details of fixtures and fittings. The four accompanying letters are: 1. Horne, Thompson & Holland, 23 July 1844, informing Hutton that his new chariot would be sent up to Yorkshire 'per 8 o'clock morning train from Euston Square'. 2. Retained copy of a letter from Hutton dated July 30, 1844, enclosing £300 draft but also noting that 'the carriage appears large and heavy' but hoping that 'when a little more used, will not prove too much so for a pair of horses'. Hutton also points out a defect to the steps which has 'injured the spokes of the wheel'. 3. Horne & Co.'s response of 31 July 1844 apologising for the wheel problem ('which can be remeaded [sic] with a very little attention') and thanking Hutton for the £300. 4. Retained copy of another letter from Hutton dated April 7, 1845, suggesting in strong terms that a further bill from Horne's was unacceptable.
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