Letter from George Stephenson to Leonard Raisbeck, Stockton

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1829-09-06
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Stephenson replies to a request from Raisbeck concerning cost of transporting coal for export on the line. Stephenson suggests it will depend ‘a great measure on the quantity of traffic independent of the Export trade’. He advises the coal owners ‘to be quiet for a while [as he is sure] that the competition carried on the Tyne and the Wear will not be of long duration’. He further advises, ‘Let your people get their pits into a state for working, that the coals may be brought into market when a more favourable time arrives’. Signed ‘yours truly Geo Stephenson’.

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Transcription:
Liverpool Sept’b’r 6th 1829
Dear Sir,
I have yours of the 4th of Sept’b’r before me; it required a great deal of consideration to answer the question you have put to me. Before answering it, it will be necessary that you should furnish me with a statement of the whole quantity of traffic on the line, as well that of the general as of the Export tonnage, and also the rates charged thereon both for the ascending and descending goods.

I think the Company might carry coals for export finding the power and the use of the Railway, for ¾ of a penny pr ton pr mile. but the cost will depend in a great measure on the quantity of traffic independent of the Export trade __ My advice to the Coal owners is this, - to be quiet for a while, as I am quite sure that the competition carried on in the Tyne and the Wear will not be of long duration, as many of the coal owners must give up working. Let your people get their Pits into a state for working, that the coals may be brought into the market when a more favorable time arrives.

I am Sir
Yours truly
Geo Stephenson
P.S. I have at last met with the Estimate you enquire about in your letter.

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