Official Report on the Examination in Building Construction, held by the Science and Art Department, South Kensington, in May 1875. - "The want of a text-book in this subject, arranged in accordance with the published Syllabus, and therefore limiting the students and teachers to the prescribed course, has lately been well met by a work published by Messrs. Rivingtons, entitled 'Notes on Building Construction.'"
"Those things which writers of elementary books generally pass over are here explained with minuteness. . . . Altogether the book is one which it is a pleasure to recommend. Its primary object may be to support the Science and Art Department, but it will be found to be of wider use ; and if the parts which are to follow are prepared as carefully as this is, the ' Notes on Building Construction' will far surpass any work of the kind hitherto published." - Architect.
"Something of the sort was very much needed. . . The whole series when published will be a great boon to young students." - Builder.
"One of the most sensible and really reliable aids to students of construction we have seen for a long time. If the remaining Parts are up to the standard successfully aimed at in Part I., the work cannot fail to become the standard text-book for students." - Building News.
"It very rarely happens that explanations are given with such clearness as those in ' Notes on Building Construction,' and the dullest student cannot fail to grasp the idea intended to be conveyed. . . . As a work of reference it will at once take a leading place." - Builder's Weekly Reporter.
"Certainly the four parts will, judging from the first, form the best text-book on the subject extant." - English Mechanic.
"The work throughout is got up in the most admirable style, and is profusely illustrated with well-drawn engravings." - Timber Trades' journal.
"The whole will form a compendious series of volumes of very great value to 'practical' men. The text is prepared in an extremely simple and consecutive manner, advancing from rudimental and general statements to those which are comparatively advanced ; it is a thoroughly coherent self-sustained account. . . . We can testify that its contents justify the promises of the title, that we have missed nothing which we looked for and had a right to expect would be included in the volume." - Athenaum.