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Document 73, p 2

Bridge was erectd from ye month of Feby 1777 until the Month of Jany 1781 & this Depont saith
that he verily bels that the benefit ensuing from ye attendance of this Depont & his son & Clk durg ye period
afsd (durg all wch time this Depont was less able to Attend to his other Business & wch this Depont wd not have
omitted or neglected to attend unless unless by ye express Pmisson of his sd master the Complt wch this
Depont had obtained) was reasonably worth the sum of 400L & that sum & much more was Actually saved
by such Attendces so given by him this Depont and his sd son & Clk & that ye the same or any pt yreof has not been
pd to him this Depont or demded by him or any quantity or reward been pd given or made to his sd son or Clk
for such their Attendces & services as afsd to this Deponts knowdge or belief But saith he this Depont hath Du[ring?]*
ye sd period been pd or allowed by the Complt wt he shd have recied from him in case no such work [had?]
been carried on but in case the Complt had been under a nessecity of hiring proper psons for such Attenden[ces?]
so done by this depont & his sd Son & Clk ye Complt must have pd to ye amot this Depot has estimate[d?]
such Attendces and Services at as afsd
Fourth To the fourth Interry this Depont saith that after ye sd Bridge was Completed that is to say on the
11 March 1782 the same was thrown down by a Flood more unusually sudden & violent than any this
Depont ever before remembered to have seen in the River Tyne altho he this Depont hath lived within the
view of that river for 40 yrs last past & upwds & saith that he verily bels that the fallg of the sd Bridge
was not occasioned by any deficit in the Building & construction thereof but entirely to the irresistable
impetuosity of the sd Flood and saith that he doth not know nor doth he believe that there was any
deficit in ye sd Bridge or in the Construction thereof and this Depont furr saith that on the evening of
the 10th March 1782 a storm of Snow came on wch continued for sevl Hours till it lay upon the
surface of the Grd to ye depth of Twelve Inches or thereabts as this Depont was told & bels & saith that the falling
of the snow was succeeded by a very heavy rain wch disolved the snow & occasioned an immediate almost
inconceivable Torrent & flood in the Tyne & saith that in the morning of the sd 11th March he this Depont
went from his House at Sandoe to ye sd Bridge to take a view thereof and observe if the
flood had made any impression thereon to prejudice the same And that it was with Difficulty
this Depont reached the Bridge from the Rapidity of ye waters running from the adjoing Grd
& saith to the best of this Deponts judgmt The flood was at the Highest about 10 o’clock in the morng
at which time this Depont stood a very little below the sd Bridge& observed the same wth all ye
attenn he could use but that the same did not appear to the Depont to be at all shaken or
to discover the least mark of failure till within a few minutes of its almost total destruction
wch happd to the best of this Deponts recolln betn 10 & 11 o’Clock & this Depont furr saith that
so little apprehensn was entertained of the fall of the Bridge that a very little time before it did
fall this Deponts Son & a mason whose name is Robt. Johnson & two or more other psons
passed over the same to examine ye state of ye Land Arches on the South Side wch they
reported on their return to this Depont to be pfectly safe And saith that within fifteen
minutes of the time of its falling a great many people were upon the Bridge observg the
hight of the Flood And this Depont further saith that he is induced to believe that this flood
was the most unusually sudden & violent He had ever seen from the follg amongst
among other Circumsts wch he observed that is to say that when this Depont came down
to the Bridge the water on the West or Upsteam side appeared to this Depont to be above
the top of that pt of the piers wch is commonly called ye Doming pt or salient point
thereof & on the east side of the Bridge not quite so high as the projecting pt of ye piers
called the Imposts & this Depont furr saith that he is more confirmed in his belief that
ye sd Bridge was thrown down by the violence & impetuosity of the sd Flood alone and that
same had not before shewn the least mark of failure because that he this Depont had

Note: Donkin's Replies to Interrogatories, p2

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