TQ3780 : Foundation stone of the Lister Building

taken 8 years ago, near to Poplar, Tower Hamlets, Great Britain

Foundation stone of the Lister Building
Foundation stone of the Lister Building
For context see TQ3780 : The Lister Building and for another view see TQ3780 : Commemoration of the founding of West India Dock.

The stone marks the construction of the West India Dock buildings c.1800, now listed grade 1 (List Entry Number 1242440).

The text, in typically early 19th century florid language and using a plethora of script styles, reads as follows (I have not attempted to punctuate or capitalise it consistently). Challenge to young students: find the verb in this sentence! For Robert Milligan, see TQ3780 : Robert Milligan outside the Docklands Museum and other photos here.

"of this range of buildings constructed together with the adjacent docks, at the expence [sic] of public spirited individuals, under the sanction of a provident legislature and with the liberal co-operation of the corporate body of the City of London, for the distinct purpose of complete security and ample accommodation (hitherto not afforded) to the shipping of the produce of the West Indies at this wealthy port, the first stone was laid on Saturday the twelfth day of July AD 1800 in the concurring hands of the Right Honourable Lord Loughborough, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, the Right Honourable William Pitt, first Lord Commissioner of His Majesty's Treasury and Chancellor of His Majesty's Exchequer, George Herbert Esquire the Chairman and Robert Milligan Esquire the Deputy Chairman of the West India Dock Company, the two former conspicuous in the band of those illustrious statesmen who in either house of parliament have been zealous to promote, the two latter distinguished amongst those chosen to direct, an undertaking which under the favour of God shall contribute stability, increase and ornament to British Commerce."
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Date Taken
Monday, 20 February, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 25 February, 2012
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Historic sites and artefacts  Docks, Harbours 
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Isle of Dogs 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3717 8059 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.4560N 0:1.4930W
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