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

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1828-02-29
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Regarding the breakdown of the relationship between Pease and Raisbeck 'Breaking up old friendships gives me pain' appeals to continue to work together 'we have a narrow path to step on, if we can keep together we can present harmony' and discusses comments on various issues between the Stockton and Darlington Railway, Tees Navigation and other stakeholders.

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RAIS/4/1/6
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Darlington 2 Mo 29.1828
Respected Friend
L Raisbeck
Breaking up old friendships gives me pain Indulge the hope ours is not going to be in this condition, we have each a narrow path to step in, if we can keep together we may preserve harmony, if we are to break up we shall make discord I can see no necessity for breaking up I am persuaded the fault will not be on my side at least such shall be my endeaver, & I would suggest whether thy stepping in as mediator is not now essential I mean between the RW Co & the town, they both want the same thing can it be better done than Mewburn & thee going together to Lord Shaftesbury & all other MPs, to prevail upon them to let the act pass with the restrictive clause is it not clear if you cannot get it so to pass, you cannot throw it out because that is in. I am sure I dont conceve the clause of 20/ value in or out, I would not pay that sum to have it in __ if the town will go amicably to work none are more ready to assist than myself, if they are ready to spend thousands none are more ready than myself, the pacific in the spirit of

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peace having failed...
Thy fr'ds have given their sentiments as to the line of conduct thou shouldst pursue, I will not banish myself from the ties until I receve my dismissal & I therefore I beg to say keep thy present position accept no new appointment, then the office of mediator may be filled up, besides considering thee retained by the RW Co. if I am not mistaken going over to a conflicting party, carrying the idea of quitting the reposed confidences of old fr'ds to pour information obtained from deserted & respectable clients is not a post in which I shall ever be able to contemplate in thee with comfort. It wounds me no little (perhaps we got mutual wounds & must forgive) to see how suspicious some of the Gentl'm' look on us on the one hand as Coal owners compromising their interest; & Coal owners coming in with complaints of oppression – I abhor the capability of either of these feelings & therefore trust they do not reside in my bosom – I have no need to give myself any trouble on RW matters or subject myself to such insinuations & if any characters will come & make themselves the but of all low & contemptible thoughts they may have my sinecure

It may be some proof of how decided a part I take between the Tees cut & coal owners of their opposition, when I tell thee my Son Joseph never adr’sd a syllable to me respect'g the paper issued with his signature & altho' dated 11 days ago I was astonished to see it on my table when I got home this afternoon from the meet'g not previously knowing it was in existence, though the similarity of my expressions on some points might strike some I had a hand in it _ but it is not so
accept the continued assurance of my regard
Thy assured Fr'd
Edward Pease

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