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

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Responding to letter from Pease, refers to communication with Mr Stevenson. 'I cannot but regret that you did not adopt a more direct course for obtaining the information you desired especially as it seems you were aware Mr Stevenson has ceased to be employed by the Tees Navigation Co.'. goes on to discuss railway activity interfering with the workings of the Navigation company.

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My d’r. Sir,
I have had the pleasure to receive your letter. Previous to writing to me you would have learnt from Mr. Stevenson that he had acquainted me with your having applied to him & I cannot but agree that you did not adopt a more direct course for obtaining the information you desired especially as it seems you were aware Mr. Stevenson had ceased to be employed by the Tees Nav. Co. & that Mr. Price the Comp’y. Engineer was then so near you as Stockton. Whatever feelings the very [illegible] selfish opposition which the Nav. Co, (illegible words) may have occasioned I am satisfied that in the [illegible] you complain of they are not [illegible] by any spirit of hostility but by a sense of duty as guardians of interests of the public. Sir the discharge of which I am equally certain all due courtesy will be [illegible]. I am happy I can [illegible] them from the supposed [illegible] of it at the [illegible] for the very day after the operations of the Railway Co. were disclosed & were focused to interfere with right of the Nav. Co. & to be questionable. I intimated the objections to the R’way. Co. personally & as soon as Counsal had declared the measures of that Co. to be unauthorized a notice in writing (which appeared to the most proper mode of communication) so as given by the or gave of the one Co. to that of the other & since that I hope no other loss been taken by and preparing as is meet, to assert their rights

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of the Nav’tn. Co. if the perseverance of the R’way. Co. in the infringement of terms shall impose so unpleasant a task as therein. But [illegible] the contrary my good Sir the R’way. Co. [illegible] for having totally disregarded my communication to them & just having [illegible] to make any [illegible] to the written notification these affordable. Besides it must be [illegible] the Nav’gn. Co. are not invading the privileges of the R’way. Co. but that [illegible] manifestly [illegible] to [illegible] & ask upon theirs & whether warrented in so doing or not ought to have first explained to them their job and [illegible] the score of etiquette & alternatives they then & may be considered their [illegible]. As to the main & important point whether the R’way. Co. are entitled to carry their projected works into effect M’r. Alderson’s opinion Sir the negative is unqualified & unusually positive & tho’ we know lawyers to often differ I cannot I confess being myself to think that any One of Eminence on a consideration of a full & fair statement of all the circumstances can have come with a quick confidence to an opposite conclusion. But be that as it may the objection being raised & [illegible] known it seems fit the question should be sat at last. Indeed in my mind it seems the Nav’n. Co, could be induced not to agitate it, it would be highly imprudent (???) in the R’way. Co. to complete their undertaking under the risk (as they must in that case) of its being [illegible] by a determination against the authority they claim at a future period.
The case will turn on the construction of written documents only & the judgement of the court & may therefore be obtained without delay and at an inconsiderable expense & also without either party being exposed to suffer either in reputation or mental anxiety. I have been at their [illegible] for a fortnight ([illegible] day last) but shall return home today & being on all occasions desired to obviate irritation and unfriendly feelings will readily & gladly cooperate with you in smoothing the way to a prompt & amicable judicial adjustment of the matter at issue or give due attention to any suggestion you may have to offer if any occur to you by which the [illegible] of the R’way. Co. may be accomplished and then proceed to privileges of the Nav’n Co. may be at the same time [illegible] Your

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letter shall be held to be confidential as you wish & I have to say that this which I have written with the utmost frankness maybe deemed such also. I remain
My at’n Sir Very truly
Leo. Raisbeck
Middleton
1 Nov. 1829


Edward Pease Esq.
Darlington

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