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Dear Sir,-I shall be glad if any of your readers with a large experience in the erection of steel sheds and gantries will say if it is the correct procedure, and in accordance with the principles of Structural (Mechanical) Engineering, to grout in the foundations of stanchions or columns after the gantry girders are lifted and the gantry line is trued?
I had tea with Charles Dickens at Wright’s Coffee House, Charing Cross, about 1870. I remember Sir Benjamin Baker in his early days when he was working as a draughtsman in Sir John Fowler’s office. He was well appreciated at that time, as one day he was not looking well and Sir John (then Mr. Fowler) said to him, “ Here’s a cheque for £50 take a month’s holiday with it.” About 1882 Sir John Lubbock (afterwards Lord Avebury)
showed me over his collection of ants and flint implements, and I had tea with his family. I went from there to see Charles Darwin, who lived near, but as he was at dinner I would not disturb him; I am a great admirer of his books and his patient investigations. I met Prof. J. Macquorn Rankine at the first Conversazione of the Institution of Civil Engineers that I attended.
Professor Henry Adams
Members of the Institution will learn with regret of the death of Mr. C. F. Chettle., (Member), a Director of Messrs. Archibald D. Dawnay & Sons, Ltd. Mr. Chettle entered
the services of the Company 30 years ago after leaving Brdingly College. He had for many years taken an active part in the management of the Compamy's affairs, and was a prominent Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers.