Visiting England in 1856, Field entered into an agreement with Bright and with John Watkins Brett, who with his brother Jacob had proposed the constructing of an Atlantic cable eleven years previously, with the object of forming a company for establishing and working electric telegraphic communication between Newfoundland and Ireland.
Brett controlled the Newfoundland Telegraph Company on the other side of the ocean, Bright organized with them the Atlantic Telegraph Company in 1856 for the purpose of carrying out the idea, himself becoming engineer-in-chief.
It lies pleasantly in a well-wooded country on the small river Brett, a tributary of the Stour.
Brett, merged 1903 with the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature (8 vols., 1901-1908, ed.
Dr Richard Brett, fellow of Lincoln Coll.
In 1845 submarine telegraphy was inaugurated by the laying of an insulated conductor across the English Channel by the brothers Brett, and their temporary success was followed by the laying in 1851 of a permanent Dover-Calais cable by T.
Brett, who was now his principal colleague, approached Sir Charles Bright in London, and in December 1856 the Atlantic Telegraph Company was organized by them in Great Britain, a government grant being secured of 14,000 annually for government messages, to be reduced to Io,000 annually when the cable should pay a 6% yearly dividend; similar grants were made by the United States government.
Reginald Baliol Brett Esher >>
Brett (Philosophy of Gassendi, London, 1908), Buhle (Geschichte der neuern Philosophie, iii.