Correspondence relating to the purchase of land and the financing, design and building of the Retreat

Scope and Content

Comprises letters between:
William Tuke and J. Wormald, offering and describing the site
John Bevans, architect, on the design of the building
Wilson Birkbeck, William Proud, George Sanders, E. Elam, John Birkbeck, and others, including suppliers of some of the building materials
There are also:
various notes and memoranda on actions to be taken re. the building
notes on prices of materials
bricklayer's agreement 1794
bill from Gray and Thorpe [attorneys] for acting in the purchase and part disposal of site acquired for the Retreat 1795

Alternative Form Available

A digitised copy of this reference is available via the Wellcome Collection and can be accessed here:

Related Material

See also RET 2/1/1/2 for a 1794 plan and survey of the Retreat grounds
For William Tuke correspondence on other matters, see RET 1/5/5/1, RET 8/1/3/1, RET 5/1/1/1

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