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(Carey, Pierre Stafford)

Billet d’Etat. A Messieurs les membres des états de l’ïle de Guernesey.

(St.Pierre Port), N.Mauger (1847) (dated 11 June 1847 at end).

Reference: 9912
Price: £110 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. 31 + (1)pp. Original wrappers, slightly defective at spine, some outer corners creased. Ink inscription on upper cover recording receipt of a copy from the author in June 1847.

Printed Billets d’Etat were circulated by Bailiffs of Guernsey in advance of meetings of the Etats (the island’s parliament), to inform the members of the Etats about the business that would come before them. This particular Billet d’Etat, probably unknown except to Guernsey’s own historians, is of unexpected interest to those interested in the history of civil engineering in that it provides a full account of a prolonged controversy about how best to enlarge and improve the harbour of St.Peter Port, spanning the period from December 1830 onwards, and involving differing schemes by Carey’s predecessor, Bailiff Brock ; by the British engineer James Walker, a specialist in docks and harbours ; by two members of the Etats ; and by Lieut.-Col.T.F. de Havilland, late Madras Engineers, who had designed St.Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Madras in the 1820s in the style of James Gibbs (see our Catalogue 42, item 33), but who had now retired to his native Guernsey. Carey prints in full De Havilland’s report on the best way to improve the harbour on pp.19-22.