Letter from Joseph Pease, Darlington to Leonard Raisbeck, London

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1828-03-17
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Regarding the imminent resignation of Raisbeck. His father has been summoned to Kendal. In his absence refers to the surprise and regret felt. Concerns about the railway company agreeing to receive the resignation of a professional advisor. Refers to a delicate situation and worries about future relationship with the company. 'I am anxious to hear the result of thy further deliberations'.

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Darlington 3/17 1828
Leonard Raisbeck
Esteemed Friend
My Father has been summoned to Kendal. I fear to witness the last moments of a near relation.
In his absence I opened and read thy favour addressed to him with surprise and regret as also the Copy of a letter to T. Meynell Esqr – and may here say that he is in no “degree” prepared for such a communication _ Any thing I can say is of course merely the sentiments of an individual _ But I am desirous of taking the earliest post (harrassed as I feel by some very different engagements) of asking a few simple questions by way of preparing thee for the decision I must calculate upon whenever the communication in question comes before the Proprietary
Is it probable that the Railway Company can agree to receive the resignation of a Professional Adviser whose talents and zeal have for a long period been most satisfactorily and valuably engaged in their most confidential matters and undertakings, without some powerful & ostensible reason?
Is any temporary misunderstanding with Individual proprietors a valid reason
Is any temporary misunderstanding with official Colleagues (unknown to their Clients) a valid reason?
Ought not a public body to feel itself aggrieved if so treated?
As more in point _ I would enquire Whether the Railway Committee has ever so far forgotten the delicate situation in which one of their Professional Advisers is placed on the present occasion as to require such active exertions on their behalf as might have justified in some measure the step so suddenly proposed?
Has the Co ever required more than that neutrality which they conceived they had a right to expect & to claim and for which they were quite willing to accept his honour as a Man and as a Legal Confidant as a pledge?
Has every one however intimately connected with a Gentleman so situated a right to require a violation of former engagements a breach of Gentlemanly conduct & professional etiquette? or Allow me further to enquire __ Can any thing short of [word illegible] open rupture between partners, justify a Professional Adviser in deserting his Clients in the hour of perplexity and danger?
Can any one justify him in changing his post from support under such circumstances to certain if not avowed hostility? __ I trust these subjects will have some weight on mature consideration I repeat thy letter has occasioned me no little regret – for one I believe I shall never release thee nor relinquish thy services_ & young as I am I question that policy which can disturb and destroy public & private relations of no common importance, relations which I believe to be pregnant with mutual benefits & incalculable advantages _ I am anxious to hear the result of thy further deliberations 'till when believe me with continued regard Thy sincere fr'd
Jos Pease

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