button to main menu  Greenwood and Hodgson 5.7.1823

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Westmorland Gazette, 5 July 1823:-
  letter from C Greenwood
SIR, - I beg leave most respectfully to call the attention of your readers, to a letter, inserted in the Kendal Chronicle, of last week, by a person calling himself a Subscriber to Hodgson's Map of Westmorland, in which it will be seen that according to his view of things, the common surveying chain, in the hands of an Individual unused to the Survey of a County, must (to use his own words,) leave far behind it the productions of any Eye-draft system, and a work to which the attention of an Individual is directed, he implies, may fairly be presumed to excel the results of operations under the control of an establishment of Surveyors, unequalled both in number and extent of practice, in this or any other country. Now I should not like to quarrel with the Gentleman, because, although he is not very scientific in his language, he may nevertheless be a very decent sort of man in the pursuits to which his education has adapted him, and as he exhibits symptoms of an intention to aspire to a knowledge of things he evidently does not understand, I will take the liberty of correcting the errors of his little production, (the letter already alluded to,) and shall be happy to meet him personally or otherwise, for the purpose of his further improvement - let me therefore, tell this Gentleman, that a plan projected from the mensuration of the Chain, cannot be sufficiently correct for a County Map, the Chain may be used, but it cannot on any account be depended upon, and the Eye-draft system this Gentleman talks of, or whatever else he may think proper to term it, is as superior to any thing that can be done with the Chain, as the subject is altogether above his comprehension, I do not mean to attempt to rid myself of the subject in this brief way, as I shall hold myself in readiness to illustrate the method of our proceedings, by the exhibition of such proofs of the accuracy of our system of Surveying, as must please and satisfy the free and unbiased mind, and totally destroy every unfair attempt to injure us.
I am, Sir,
Your most obedient servant,
King's Arms Inn, Kendal, 4th July, 1823.
Also in the Kendal Chronicle 5 July 1823.


from - C Greenwood
to - the Editor, replying to A Subscriber
SURVEYING METHODS survey by chain is not good enough; you're ignorant
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