Letter from Edward Pease, Darlington to Leonard Raisbeck, Stockton-upon-Tees

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1828-02-01
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Discussion of issues about the Tees Navigation and railway extension to Middlesborough and the effects on trade in Stockton.

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RAIS/4/1/2
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Darlington 1 Mo. 2n 1828
Respected Friend
L Raisbeck
I dont know whether I can conveniently be at the Tees Navigation meet'g; nor is it of any moment, for so far as I can see both my inclinations & my interests in each induce me to be a neutral - but I find there is amongst our subscribers a fear that it will be most difficult for thee to have in interest in the conducting of the Tees navigation extension; & RWay extension; & that should anything hostile or adverse be likely to get up, there must be an entire renunciation of conducting either the one or the other by your firm - __ I would admit there is a nicety in thy standing which it does not surprise me awaken such thoughts; but I am [word illegible] quite persuaded the two matters may &

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ought to be so conducted, that you might honorably & safely use your best efforts for both bills without any jarring collision. __an idea is in degree prevalent that Stockton feels opposed to our extension; I dont know how it feels to Tennants present project, nor how it felt towards his former ones; but if ours be hurtful to the interests of the town, his surely is not less so; & if we admitted both were prejudicial to the town on acco' of increased population be low I would say whilst that goes on; Stockton would thrive more than ever it did before: & far more rapidly than ever it will, if no such extensions or river improvements take place; the Railway has done a good deal for the town, whilst it has done nothing for itself; & if they will remain quiet, it will do a great deal more for it yet than ever it has done; & if it is not quiet, the rail way Co will hold a steady march to the attainment of their object without looking to right or left __ however nothing seems to me more easy that for a few of you, & us to make our schemes run most smoothly; all the merchandize tonnage from Middlesburgh to Stockton by Railway 4 or 5 miles would be a flea bite to the company; & as an individual I could wish the whole of it to come to Stockton as it always has; & by taking care that the toll (on the intended bridge) for merchandize, I [word(s) illegible] for the same per mile on the branch, were fixed high enough, the articles would never break bulk below because they would be cheaper at the wh’f in Stockton than they could possibly be with such dues & lotts as might be leviable __ beside I think so long as the majority of share holders resident at Stockton,have the regulation of cut dues on Coal, such a compromize must exist, as places the thing perfectly safe for all who have property in your place, but no doubt all these, & many more considerations arising from a more accurate knowledge of their circumstances will have occur'd to thy mind; & I cannot but rely on thy tried tact, for making all go on harmoniously, & unitedly together, that is the point we must aim at; I have no split or division among us _

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I am with much Regard Thy assured Fr'd
Edward Pease

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