Handwritten Clarence Railway report

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Reports on the proceedings of a general meeting held at the George and Vulture Tavern, St. Michael's Alley, Cornhill, London. Thomas King takes over as Engineer of the Clarence in 1833, the Parliamentary bill for the railway gained assent in 1829.

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At a General Meeting of the Clarence Railway Company held on Tuesday the 15th day of October 1833 at the George and Vulture Tavern St Michaels Alley Cornhill. London.

Thomas Wilson Esq’r in the Chair
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The annexed Report of the Committee on the state of the Works having been read
It was proposed by Henry Blanchard Esq’r seconded by Henry
Milton Esq’r and
Resolved That the Report now read be received and approved and that the same be printed and distributed to the Shareholders.
Proposed by F.I. Stokes Esq’r seconded by C T Pearce Esq’r and
Resolved that the Seal of the Company be affixed to an authority for the immediate commencement of the Chilton and Merrington Branch Railways, and for the extension of the Main line of Railway to Saltholm.
Proposed b C.T. Pearce Esq’r seconded by Henry Blanchard Esq’r &
Resolved. That the Committee have power to raise £50,000 or such part thereof as may be required, by bond or Mortgage
A Table of Bye Laws, sanctioned by the Committee, having been exhibited by the Secretary, after some discussion and explanation by members of the Committee present. It was Proposed by Christopher Tennant Esq’r seconded by Henry Miller Esq’r. and
Resolved. That the same be adopted and passed by this Meeting as the Bye Laws of this Company___
Mr. Labouchere having stated that the Members of the Committee in London should assist in the active management of the affairs of the Company. Proposed the following motion which was seconded by William Barrowdale Esq’r and
Resolved Unanimously. That / except in cases relating to the immediate detail of the works now in progress / no motion shall be made at any meeting of the Committee at Stockton unless previous notice in writing shall be given, /such notice being not less than seven days,/ by the member of the said Committee intending to make such motion, to the Clerk or Secretary of the Company, who by the same or next days post, shall transmitt a copy of such notice to London, to some person appointed by the London members of the Committee or any three or more, for the consideration of the members of the Committee resident there; any three or more of whom shall

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be at liberty to consider such motion, and note thereon, and to signify their respective assents or dissents thereto, under their respective hands, and direct the same to be forwarded to the clerk or Secretary of the said Company; and when the motion shall come on for consideration before the Committee at Stockton such assents or dissents respectively shall be counted as so many votes either for or against the motion as the case may be. And All resolutions come to be the said Committee at Stockton upon any motions except as aforesaid, / otherwise than as above directed, shall be null and void. It having been announced that Samuel Penlington Esq’r as a member of the Committee had disqualified _ It was
Proposed by Henry Blanchard Esq’r seconded by James Morris Esq’r and
Resolved, That Henry Milton Esq’r be a member of the Committee in the room of Samuel Penlington Esq’r
Proposed by Thomas Stokes Esq’r seconded by Henry Tudor Esq’r and
Resolved. That this Meeting authorize the Committee to purchase any Locomotive Engines (not Exceeding eight in number) to lead the Coal on the Railroad at such rates as they may deem expedient. Mr. Tennant then adverted to the advantages to the Company of opening a Tunnel through the Eldon Estate to the Auckland Coalfield, when it was
Proposed by Thomas Stokes Esq’r. Seconded by Robert Hudson Esq’r &
Resolved, That the communication made to the General Meetings this day, on the expediency of applying to Parliament authorizing the Company to open a Branch Railroad to the Auckland Valley, be referred to the Committee for their consideration; and to report thereon to a Special General Meeting.
Proposed by Henry Blanshard Esq’r and seconded by F. Stokes Esq’r. &
Resolved That this Meeting do adjourn to the 16th day of October 1834 at Twelve for One o’clock, at the George and Vulture Tavern, St. Michael’s Alley, Cornhill, London (signed) F. Wilson Chairman The Chairman having left the chair It was Moved by Thomas Stokes Esq’r seconded by Duncan Mackenzie Esq’r & Unanimously
Resolved, That the cordial thanks of the meeting be presented to Thomas Milton Esq’r for his able and courteous conduct, in presiding at this meeting.

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Report
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The Committee of the Clarence Railway Company have to report to the Shareholders, that since their last meeting on the15 of January the works have steadily proceeded on towards completion, although different causes have tended to prevent their execution with the rapidity which was expected.
The Main Line is now practicable from Simpasture to Haverton Hill; at the latter place it has been found expedient to pass the old bed of the River, on a wooden frame or gearing for the space of about 220 Yards. and the embankment is now proceeding down the Sea Wall to Samphire Batts ‡, then superided, (the land not being purchased would require six months for the resumption of the works; the Committee hope in about that period it will be completed sufficiently for the shipment of Coals there. In the hope of shipping Coals at Haverton Hill, the Committee have directed a Small Staith to be erected there but they are doubtful whether the works of the Tees Navigation Company will not interfere with it which makes them the more desirous to press towards the point where deep water is secured to them; they hope that within a month from this time the road will be finally adjusted and ballasted, and they have the satisfaction to state that the three large embankments on this line appear to be at rest and perfectly consolidated.
The Stockton branch is it is hoped, brought to its permanent level, and it is expected that Coals will be shipped at the Stockton Staith in the course of the ensuing week.
The Durham branch, as well as a portion of the Sherburn branch, is so far completed that it is expected within five weeks Coals may be brought down for shipment from the Quarrington Collieries, an event to which the Committee look with great interest, as it will afford the first fruits of the valuable northern Coal field, hitherto unworked for seasale, and it will tend to make them independent of many difficulties which might be interposed, so long as their supplies were merely drawn from the Western Branch.
The Committee have not began operations on the Shincliff branch, but the ground is set out, and the engineer has received directions to proceed with it immediately
Since the last General Meeting of the 15th of January, the Company have received Parliamentary powers to make the
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‡ Take in ___ On the last report the Engineer considered that the embankment from Haverton Hill to Samphire Batts &c.

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Chilton branches and the extension of the lines to Saltholm; and the present meeting Will be requested to affix the Company’s seal to and authority for completing the same
The Committee inform the meeting with regret that they have felt it expedient to dispense with the services of Mr. Steel, the Engineer, and Mr. Stephenson, the Inspector of the Works, and they have appointed Mr. Thomas King as Engineer in their stead, with whose intelligence, activity and assiduity, they have reason to be perfectly satisfied and they beg to conclude this short report by the assurance, that although the late depression in the cola Trade may have prevented the opening of the neighbouring Coalfields with the rapidity they had expected, yet they consider this is only a temporary circumstance, and nothing exists to impair the good opinion they have invariably entertained of the measure ~

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