On Monday evening a deputation from the engine drivers and firemen waited upon Mrs. Kirtley to present an address of condolence to that lady, and to testify their high regard and warm affection for the memory of the late Mr. Kirtley, who was Locomotive Superintendent of the Midland Railway for many years.

Mrs. Kirtley and the Misses Kirtley received the deputation--Mr. William Blake, Mr. John Taylor, and Mr. John Chambers, all of whom have been engine drivers for many years under Mr. Kirtley's direction.

Mr. BLAKE, in making the presentation, expressed the great esteem felt by the drivers and firemen for the memory of their late chief. He said--We come to assure you Mrs. Kirtley, that others share a portion, small though in comparison, of the great sorrow and irreparable loss which has befallen you; we come to express our deepest sympathy for you and with you in this dire bereavement; we come to say that while you feel you have lost a loved and loving husband, we feel that we have been bereft of one who has been a guide and a father to us all. Such was our confidence in the late Mr. Kirtley that we could trust our lives in his hands, for we know our interests were very near to his heart.

Mrs. KIRTLEY, in a few touching words, accepted the beautiful illuminated volume from Mr. Blake. She expressed her gratification in receiving it, and intimated that one of her greatest comforts was the respect and love which they showed to the memory of her departed husband. They said they looked up to Mr. Kirtley as a father, and she could assure them that he always looked upon the drivers and firemen as his children, to be guided, to be cared for, to be protected. Mr. Kirtley always had a keen sense of the jeopardy in which every one of them placed their lives, and considered that the hazardous nature of their duties demanded from him special attention to their well-being.

[The address is written on vellum, and bound up in the form of a book, the binding being of dark coloured morocco leather with antique corners and clasps, on which the crest and monogram of Mr. Kirtley are engraved. The first opening has a portrait of the deceased gentleman, together with his armorial bearings, crest and motto. These are palce in an elegant border of yew and forget-me-nots, and a medallion, on which is figured a locomotive, is placed below the portrait. Each of the other pages in the book have borders of conventional flowers with miniatures of the front of the Railway Station, the Grange, Litchurch, and various offices over which Mr. Kirtley had the control. The whole of the work has a sombre character, and each border  contains a sprig of yew to carry out the same idea and suggesting the mournful event from which it arose.

The address was illuminated and bound by Messrs. Bemrose and Sons, and is one of their most successful works of this character. Messrs. Bemrose and Sons also lithographed several hundred copies of the address, and embellished them with a photograph of the late Mr. Kirtley. These have been supplied to the drivers and firemen at one shilling each.

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, Nov 12, 1873; Issue 8312