History Draft [1 January–21 June 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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(Note A)
Had a conservation with whom I had employed as Architect of the — gave him instruction <​I instructed him​> (in relation to the circular windows designed to light the offices in the dead work of the Arch between stories, he said that round windows in the broad side of a building were a violation of all the Known Rule of architecture and contended they shd be semi-circular— that the building was too low for round windows. I told him I would have the circles if he had to make the ten feet higher than it was originally calculated— that the one light at the centre of each <​circular​> window would be sufficient to light the whole room— that when the whole building was thus illuminated the effect would be remarkably grand. “I employ <​wish you​> you to carry out my designs. I have seen in vision the briliant splendid appearance of that building illuminated, and will have it built according to the) pattern shewn me.”
(Note A)
I instructed him (in relation to the circular windows designed to light the offices in the dead work of the Arch between stories, he said that round windows in the broad side of a building were a violation of all the Known Rule of architecture and contended they shd be semi-circular— that the building was too low for round windows. I told him I would have the circles if he had to make the ten feet higher than it was originally calculated— that one light at the centre of each circular window would be sufficient to light the whole room— that when the whole building was thus illuminated the effect would be remarkably grand. “I wish you you to carry out my designs. I have seen in vision the splendid appearance of that building illuminated, and will have it built according to the) pattern shewn me.”
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