A. W. N. Pugin

The Collected Letters of A. W. N. Pugin, Vol. 4: 1849–1850

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To JOHN HARDMANRamsgate, Sunday, 8 April 1849?

Text: MS PC [HLRO 84]   Address: none   Postmark: none

My Dear Hardman

There is nothing but trouble. Myers has just received a letter from Dr Newsham in which he says that he has been informed that the Roof is a bad job at Ushaw & that Myers ought to reslate it at his own cost. now never was any roof taken more pains with—I was very particular indeed about it—and after standing the storms of 4 years if a few Slates did get blown off in a heavy gale of wind it is monstrous to Lay pg 91that on the builder or architect. the fact is I suppose everything will be bad now—but he must be a very weak man to be so persuaded—I never saw anything like it.

we had rather a poor function to day. Father Costigan putting on his boots in the Sanctuary was quite enough to upset the whole thing & some of the acolyttes had never seen a wax candle before—it is impossible to be devout & arrange functions with such materials. if it was not for Powell we should be obliged to give up.

only conceive my disgust on finding we had no pascal candle. Powell assured me we had one all Right & then found it had been cut up.

you will hardly believe that Mr Costigan will not use that beautiful litle case I had made for the visitation of the sick because it may attract attention. my dear Hardman you & I have exerted ourselves immensely to make things better but it is no use. it is hopeless—we can make things but not men—if I was dead in 3 months the whole place would be a ruin. a Dunghill. it is grievous to think of.

I have just got your letter. you better leave the fastening of the fountain to the stone, to Denny. it will save you a deal of trouble & the cost of doing that will not go for anything—in the effect. you should galvanise the whole & just gild the edge or cresting & the seeds of the lilies. [Sketch: cresting] [Sketch: seed]

I am very glad to hear about the subscription for the tomb but in all matters which relate to the collecting of money I am very sceptical—& I still fear the subscription is on paper & not in Cash.

I think you should get some Blue 2. I believe it would even look better in that window of Major Ellisons.

I dont see well how we can meet in London before I come down as I must go round by Norfolk & Beverley to Liverpool then to you & so to alton.1 what a sad state you must be in not to go to the functions. why my dear Friend you must be very ill indeed. I can hardly fancy you staying away—from St Chads—or how they get on when you are away for you was the main spring of all functions. Jane is always ill like your wife. constant headache—& she does very little work indeed. I never knew any woman who had really good health. it is very sad. she is deligted with the glass frame. it is a much better job than the other. capitally made.

  • ever dear Hardman    
  • your devoted friend
  • ✠AWelby Pugin  

The best thing this Easter I have got the first piece of the Cloister finished & it is really delitful. it pus one back 500 years—you have no idea how old it looks, all stone. no plaster.

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Editor’s Note
1 Pugin went straight to Birmingham when he left London on 14 April 1849, according to his diary. It was on his way back from Alton, to which he travelled on 18 April 1849, that he called at Beverley and Tofts.
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