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Yes, it is a pretty deal harder than I bargained for' ... ' 'So much a yard, sir' " . 'If you say your price is so much, it is quite dear that you do not do it for that. ••. He economized bis time and hrought his experience andjudgement to hear where they were useful. He applied to engineering, that peculiar quality of concentration which is equally necessary in all other walks of life, in Thomas Brassey at Work 73 order to achieve success . . one of these visits of inspection would often 'cost Mr Brassey a thousand pounds', and as he went along the line in these inspections he remembered even the navvies, and saluted them by their names.

Against any particular system, by pointing out with emphatic caricature its inevitable miscarriages and by pointing out nothing else. Those who so address us may assume a tone of philanthropy, and for ever exult that they are not so unfeeling as other men are; but the real tendency of their exhortations is to make men dissatisfJed with their inevitable condition, and what is worse, to make them fancy that its irremediable evils can be remedied. Thus Walter Bagehot, banker, political scientist and editor of 'The Economist', condemned the 'sentimental radicalism' of Charles Dickens and his followers in 1858.

In 1841 he gave advice to the English government upon the prevention of accidents by machinery. In 1842 he took out a patent (17 July, No. 9409) for improvements in the construction of iron ships, which proved too troublesome for general application. He read a paper on the prevention of smoke before the British Association at York in 1844. Wheh Stephenson designed the tubular bridge at the Menai Straits he consulted Fairbairn, who made many experiments, and was ultimately appointed to superintend the construction of the bridge 'in conjunction with' Stephenson.

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