From Thomas Walker to William Kemp   6 July 1844


July 6. 184⁠⟨⁠4⁠⟩⁠

Dear Sir

I am going to pu⁠⟨⁠t⁠⟩⁠ you to a little trouble which I know you are very fond of when it ⁠⟨⁠is⁠⟩⁠ to be of service to a frie⁠⟨⁠nd.⁠⟩⁠ I am wanting a few statistics connected wit⁠⟨⁠h⁠⟩⁠ the manufacture of Ga⁠⟨⁠s⁠⟩⁠ and where else can I g⁠⟨⁠o⁠⟩⁠ to for information: I ⁠⟨⁠am⁠⟩⁠ sure you will favo⁠⟨⁠ur⁠⟩⁠ me at your earliest convenience. Would y⁠⟨⁠ou⁠⟩⁠ state thus:— What is your distance from Co⁠⟨⁠al⁠⟩⁠— the price of your Coa⁠⟨⁠l⁠⟩⁠—the quantity of gas it yie⁠⟨⁠lds⁠⟩⁠ per ton:— The price per 1000 feet,— and the quantity you consume yearly? With information on these points, I would be able to form a correct idea of the mismanagement of the thing here. We are far nearer the coals here and yet the price of the Gas is far higher. At a meeting held here last week it was resolved to reduce the price from 11/- to 10/- per 1000. I am sure you would have held it down to 7/- long ere now. The profits realized are sa⁠⟨⁠id⁠⟩⁠ to be quite extravagant. What do your proprietors reckon a fair percent⁠⟨⁠age?⁠⟩⁠

I was sorry to hear of Walter Murray’s death. It is the way we have a⁠⟨⁠ll⁠⟩⁠ to go. I see the tear and w⁠⟨⁠ear⁠⟩⁠ of time is beginning to tel⁠⟨⁠l⁠⟩⁠ upon your own excelle⁠⟨⁠nt⁠⟩⁠ constitution. I am a long way behind you on the road of life and I too am beginning to feel symptoms of a down hi⁠⟨⁠ll⁠⟩⁠ course. However let us be thankful and impro⁠⟨⁠ve⁠⟩⁠ what remains. We ar⁠⟨⁠e⁠⟩⁠ all pretty well at pres⁠⟨⁠ent⁠⟩⁠ and I trust you and your family are all enjoying enduring health. I am glad at the near prospect of seeing you in Fife. I trust nothing will occur to prevent you this Season   The weather has been fine for some time and I would be glad indeed to see you. Drop me a note at your convenience, and oblige me with the information required. With best respects ⁠⟨⁠to⁠⟩⁠ Minny and all the others | I am Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | ⁠⟨⁠Thomas Walker⁠⟩⁠

Please cite as “KEMP55,” in Ɛpsilon: The William Kemp Collection accessed on 29 February 2024,