Mirror of Literature,  10 (1827), 339–41.




Extract, Miscellaneous

Publications extracted:

Monthly Magazine


Engineering, Utility, Cultural Geography, Commerce, Nationalism

    Contrasts the plain and serviceable utility of the pier at Calais with the extravagant and ruinous schemes recently attempted in England. 'It is true our English engineers—who ruin hundreds of their fellow citizens by spending millions upon a bridge that nobody will take the trouble to pass over, and cutting tunnels under rivers, only to let the water into them when they have got all the money they can by the job—would treat this pier with infinite contempt as a thing that merely answers all the purposes for which it was erected! as if that were a merit of any but the very lowest degree'. Comments particularly on the extravagance of Waterloo Bridge, which was built as a 'monument of British art' and a 'commemoration of the greatest of modern victories'. (341)

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