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

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1829-11-04
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To ask Robert Stevenson about the real grounds of dissatisfaction of the Tees Navigation Company have with the Stockton and Darlington Railway. Asked for information about the proposed bridge and the Tees Company's objections. Refers to Acts of Parliament.

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RAIS/4/1/16
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Respected Frd L Raisbeck Darlington 11 Mo.4 1829

In order to ascertain if possible from Rob’t. Stevenson the real grounds of dissatisfaction which the Tees navigation Co. have with the proceedings of the Railway Co., I wrote to that Gentl’m., being anxious to know what degree of importance was attached b y himself or the Co. to the bridge which is in train for erection [illegible] _ I requested his knowledge & opinions thereon, alluding to my fears that the two companies were likely to get into conflict __ my application to him was solely at my own instance & unknown to any one of the committee, being anxious to find the cause for a proceeding which appeared to me peculiarly hostile __ the Tees Co. having instead of a friendly disclosure of their wants or making any proposal to the RWCo. to do certain works in order to avoid an invasion of other existing rights, proceeded by notice & threat, and possibly with a determination to push the same without a shadow of explanation __ to me it betrayed an existing feeling which I do not wish to give words to, but which I pity & deplore __ anxious as I am to keep down improper dispositions if such exist, & knowing I had neither spent time nor pence in opposing the Tees navigation proceed’s, or endeavour to make a party in or out of their councils, I

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considered that I might be enabled by information from R Stevenson to propose some amicable basis of adjustment between the parties & avoid one certain issue at least a load of expense: however as I do not now look for any help from him, I would now ask thee with thy knowledge of the Tees Co. what are its requirings & so far as my influence goes they shall be met & their rights preserved to any suitable extent not compromising the powers of the RWay Co. acts __ I was in hopes of seeing H Price & Co. if there was any change in the construction of the bridge which would have at once have settled the thing, but he has not yet called upon me as he promised __ if the two companies get to [illegible], a measure in the true spirit of hostility the Tees Co, seem driv’g for, I wish it to be understood, however unequivocal the opinion of [illegible] on may be, not less so either in clearness or authority are the opinions the RWay Co.hold __ thus the two sides like persons pitched against each other for litigation go armed with mutual confidence __ as this letter is alike unknown to every person & will be received by thee entirely as a private correspondence, whether with the legal opinions & acts of Parliament in hand & a view of the [illegible] in [illegible], judgement as correct & definitive I would ask could not be arrived at as by any other description of proceeding __ I shall exceeding by lament or conflict in chancery because let the decisions there be what they may, I see a disposition which it may be feared will not let the matter terminate there, & I am quite solicitous that no one may run a risk in either property or [illegible], or mental anxiety,

The preservation of [illegible] is very [illegible] mutual estimation & I am
Thy friend

Edward Pease

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