Letter from John Rennie, London to George Raisbeck, Stockton-upon-Tees

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1812-07-11
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Rennie praises the survey (for a canal) undertaken in 1768 by Whitworth saying ‘I have taken many surveys after him but seldom found an error’, but wonders if a more northerly route would be ‘capable of embracing more objects than the line Whitworth surveyed’. He outlines several places that might be brought closer to the line if the route is altered.

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London July 11th 1812
Dear Sir
I ought to have wrote in answer to your letter of the 15th ultimate before this time & should have done so had I not been so completely overcome with a multiplicity of business & my eyesight so injured in consequence that until yesterday I have not been able [illegible] over the papers [illegible] to send to me.
The Direct Line of Canal surveyed by Jon Whitworth in 1768 and the additions made to it by laying down lines of waggon or railways in the plan of 1770 – sum to embrace all the extent of Coal Country that can well be wished, taking the main line through Darlington – further savings in this line except so far as making a Correct Section of the ground I [illegible] unnecessary & in case you are in possession of Mr Whitworths original section. This will for the present answer the purpose & I hope this section is in your hands as few men were more correct in their surveys than he was -- I have taken many surveys after him but I have [illegible] found an [illegible] question for present considerations is whether a more northerly line can

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be [illegible] capable if embracing more objects than the line Mr Whitworth surveyed & so at least I understand to be the result of your conversation or otherwise an equal extent of carriage more conveniently -- for this purpose I appreciated it would be worth while as far as the map shows to by a Direct line from Stockton to Bishop Auckland. How far the country will [illegible] such a line must be left to those who view it & take the levels. The line that appears the best by the County maps is from Stockton to Bishopton to Preston to Skerne, to (illegible) & Bishop Auckland. If this line shall prove favourable _ Railways may be extended by way of branches to such coals (illegible) works as lay comment for that purpose & the main line may be extended up to the Vale of the Wear to Wolsingham & Stanhope towards Alston Moor – but if a line is taken in this direction all Ioss of a Communication with Boroughbridge, Bedale & Richmond as Surveyed by Mr George Atkinson must be given up. The expense of taking their levels I mean to Bishop Auckland will not be considerable no more need be done than mainly the Levels & having the stations at the same time – the County map will answer the other purpose untill I can view it which I Propose to do in the course of next month.
Such as not said whether I am is said a person to take the survey or can be got to do it in your neighbourhood, - if you will let me know this I will much in [illegible] accordingly – Would not Mr Chapman who is in your neighbourhood be a fit person to do these & I have no doubt he would [illegible] undertake the business.

I am Dear Sir
[illegible]

John Rennie

Leo. Raisbeck Esq.
Stockton

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