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The Great Exhibition of 1851: the British Nave dated 1851 by Joseph Nash

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Reid, Colonel

11 Oct 1851. Colonel Reid to Colonel Grey 11 Oct 1851


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The Great Exhibition closed to the public on 11 October 1851. In this letter from Colonel Reid he writes to Colonel Grey and describes this last day of opening:

When the clock struck five this afternoon, with about 50,000 persons in the building, God Save the Queen was played by all the instruments and sung by the people and this was followed by very many cheers…