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Mr. Crawhall died today...He will be a great loss in many respects to me, but mainly in respect to the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway. He was an honest and kindhearted man, well acquainted with general business and an excellent accountant and orderly and persevering in whatever he undertook. He also had considerable knowledge in Mineralogy, Natural Philosophy and a taste for literature and the fine arts. His faults were want of flexibility in manner and obstinacy in whatever measures he had once adopted. He had also a hesitating manner of expressing himself and his contracted education and early habits of life prevented him from ever having the ease and assurance of a gentleman.
Hughes did not publish the whole of this diary entry. Only the relevant part of that which Hughes published is transcribed here.