Writes concerning marriage trust.
My dear Eras.
I have had a second letter from Jos this morning & he has discovered, that as I
I now send a list of all Trust Property, & all exchange ever effected.
I am very much obliged for the calculations about the Tanks. I am scheming a great water-work & I heartily wish you were here to scheme: it is to make a very large tank; & then to be able from this to fill my three others, which are much smaller but as deep or deeper, from the large shallow one. I thought of doing it by a siphon. I want you to look when next at Athenæum in Encyclopedia, & see if you can find out anything on this subject. The siphon I propose to be gutta Percha: it would have to be about 180 feet from top of furthest tank to tank, not in a quite straight line; the tanks <missing section>
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- f1 1380.f1See the letter to Josiah Wedgwood III, 25 [April 1853].
- f2 1380.f2Charles Stokes of Stokes & Hughes, CD's brokers.
- f3 1380.f3These tanks appear to be related to those discussed in letters to Edward Cresy, 29 April  and 15 May . The purpose of the project was probably to provide a supply of liquid manure. A notice in Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 15, 9 April 1853, p. 237, headed ‘Tanks’ advised a correspondent that the tanks for this purpose ‘should be large enough to contain at least a month's supply of the sewage’. It also suggested the same supplier (Burgess & Key) of the gutta percha tubing mentioned here and in the other letters on the subject. CD had first expressed interest in the use of liquid manure in connection with his farm in Beesby, Lincolnshire (Correspondence vol. 3, letter from John Higgins, 2 October 1845).