Letter from Herbert Maxwell [Sir Herbert Maxwell] to William Robinson

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Written from 1 St James’s Place, [London] SW1. Manuscript

He has received Robinson’s essay on wood fires and is grateful; where he lives wood and peat are plentiful but all modern chimneys and hearths are constructed to burn coal brought from afar; he regrets that people have been misled into neglect of natural advantages; years ago he took an English friend fishing in a loch on his property and due to rain they retreated to the boatman’s cottage, where the peat fire had not been out for 27 years; this cottage is now fitted with grates requiring coal; the ash from properly constructed wood and peat fires is also of value as a fertiliser for root crops