Letter from (Charles?) Backhouse, Darlington to Leonard Raisbeck, Stockton

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1829-08-07
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A letter from Backhouse to Leonard Raisbeck expressing concern over the high price of transporting coal on the railway. His proposed solution was that 'the company lease their export dues to the Coal Owners for one year'.

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Identifier:
RAIS/4/5/4
Transcription:
Darlington 7th of 8th mo 1829

A meeting of the Railway Proprietors is appointed for the 14th to consider whether any alterations can with propriety and benefit be made in the dues on the Export Coal.
Comparing the Export of the last 6 months with the same period of the preceeding year it is deficient nearly 20, 000 tons from Old Etherley and West Auckland alone – consequently a loss of revenue from these Collieries the last half year has arisen of £3000 -now I am confident that had the Company promptly met the altered state of the Coal Trade in the Tyne and the Wear and reduced their dues even 6d per ton further that 3 times the quantity would have been brought down, and thus so far from a diminuation a considerable increase of revenue would have been derived. and without the Company is ready to meet such exigencies, when these conflicts arise among the great Northern Coal Owners it never can secure its revenue, or the Coal Owners in the District their Markets (of course the Coal Owners are to make an equal reduction) I am

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now so decidedly of this opinion from investigation and enquiry, that I am anxious not merely as Coal Owner but as a Proprietor of the Railway. That the experiment should now be tried. The Coal Owners would secure to the Company the same amount paid the last 3 months, provided the Company would allow them to bring down so much greater quantity as should reduce the dues ?6d per ton on Old Etherley and Witton Park, ¼ d on West Auckland, and Black Boy. ½ d on Shildon and [illegible], and for all excess to pay in this proposition. If the Coal Owner should succeed it is no sacrifice to the Company as they will at least receive the same amount of Tonnage for the next Quarter, and probably an increase, but the more important point is the establishment of this trade on the Tees. For such trade cannot be brought to a new Port without a sacrifice and low prices, and by thus reducing the Coal Owners to increase their quantities. I have no doubt but we should very soon double and treble our Export Trade.
I should like the Company to lease their Export dues to the Coal Owners for one year. They to pay the same gross amount as in 1828. (The largest we have ever received) - and give them liberty to bring down double quantities. I have no doubt the following year, the Company would thereby double their amount of Export revenue; but by the present system the Trade is stinted, and for want of [illegible] and confidence the Coal Owner dare not extend his business, and both are thus greatly injured.
The graduated scale of reduction proposed (illegible) the distant Collieries which pay the most to give [illegible], for the dues bear more heavily on them, and almost in these times, preclude their export and I think are entitled to this consideration.

I am respectfully
J Backhouse

PS In any Contract it would of course be confined to the simple Tonnage – not Haulage.

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