Quarterly Papers on Engineering Volume 5

Quarterly Papers on Engineering Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ... and the king then declared himself the undertaker. He was to receive 95,000 acres, and 57,000 acres in addition of the recovered lands; and out of this he agreed to allot 40,000 acres to Earl Bedford and his partners, as compensation for the 100,000 they had expended under the Lynn law. The king engaged to make the whole level winter lands, which he calculated would raise their value (400,000 acres being now stated to be the marsh surface) to 000,000 pounds. Vermuyden, who is said to have made the calculation, and to have advised the king throughout, printed in 1642 an account of the system of draining which he thought it was most prudent to follow. The king's works seem to have been directed by Vermuyden, but they were carried a very little way; the troubles in which the monarch became involved affected this project, and after expending 24,000, his operations ceased. The prospect of fen One Reading, a counsellor, was now appointed to collect the rates; and for 200 a year he engaged to establish the rights of the drainers or participants, as they were called, and the rule of the law, and thenceforth he became the object on which the hatred of the community was concentrated. On one occasion he applied for a writ of assistance from the sheriffs of three counties, "and the service being dangerous he provided horses, arms, and 20 men, and a chirurgeon in ordinary;" at other times his hired band required a great increase of numbers. In 1688, the fen men succeeded in depriving the participants of 3,100 acres of their allotment, but their bad spirit, nevertheless, continued, under their leader, a Mrs. Popplewell, the wife of a substantial fen man, and in 1697 an atrocious attempt was made to destroy Reading and his familv....
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  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236516621
  • 9781236516626