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Mr. Cox probably felt that bridge builders, as well as prophets, received but small honor in their own country, from his experience at Salem. In Ireland, however, his fame must have increased and spread the length of the land, for his labors in the north were known in the south in those days of poor communication and religious differences.

At Waterford, on the southeast coast, a company was incorporated in 1793, who subscribed £ 30,000 in £ 100 shares to build a bridge over the Suir from the western extremity of the city to the northern suburb of Ferry-bank, where is now the joint terminus of the Waterford, Limerick and Western and the Waterford and Central Ireland Railways. The work was begun 30 April, 1793, the year the bill was passed for relieving the Roman Catholics from disabilities and admitting them to the parliamentary franchises. The bridge was opened 18 January, 1794. It was built at a total cost of £ 27,000, including ferry rights, and as it was below the estimate, only £ 90 instead of £ 100 was paid on each share. It is still the property of a company, which annually receives over £ 6,000 in tolls.

The following inscription is on the bridge:—

A year rendered sacred to National Prosperity,

by the Extinction of religious division,
the foundation of this Bridge was laid,
at the expense of Associated individuals
Unaided by parliamentary grant,
by Sir John Newport, Bart.:
Chairman of their committee, Mr. Lemuel Cox, A native of Boston in America, architect.
The bridge is eight hundred and thirty-two feet in length and forty in breadth, supported on stone abutments and forty sets of piers of oak piles.

The next undertaking of Lemuel Cox was the bridging of the river Slaney to connect the northern end of Wexford town with the opposite bank. It was commenced in 1794 and finished the next year, being built throughout of American oak, and 1,571 feet in length.

The expense of the work was £ 17,000. It has since

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