Letter from Thomas Meynell, Yarm to Leonard Raisbeck, Stockton

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1829-02-08
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Meynell writes to Raisbeck to express his extreme reluctance to attend the upcoming meeting of the Stockton and Darlington Railway; 'I imagine my sentiments…will claim little attention from the Gentlemen of Darlington as I presume they now regard me as a Black Sheep'. He nevertheless offers Raisbeck his proxy vote, outlines some advise on how the railway might tackle the issue of the Clarence Railway, and indicates he would attend if Raisbeck thought it vital; 'I will overcome the repugnance I feel at present to trouble the Proprietors with my company'.

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Transcription:
July 8 1829
My Dear Sir
I am not very anxious to enter the lists either of the Supporters or Opponents of the Clarence Railway, and I imagine my sentiments on that subject will claim little attention from the Gentlemen of Darlington as I presume they now regard me as a Black Sheep. One opinion however I have decidedly formed/viz/that if any opposition to the measure be contemplated by the Comp’y it must not be confined, but extend the whole measure, on that ground a strong case I imagine may be made out, and a large party of Landowners in the County may by proper steps being taken speedily to form a coalition be passed into the service any other opposition such as opposition to the Stockton branch will be futile, and looked upon as an attempt at monopoly, by the Comp’y & in my opinion would have the opposite effect of inducing members to support a project calculated as would be argued to prevent combinations of which a dread already exists. I enclose you my proxy,

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& if it can be of any avail in supporting any resolutions in accordance with these my ideas you are at liberty to use it; at the same I beg to say that if you consider my attendance at all essential I will overcome the repugnance I feel at present to trouble the Proprietors with my company.

I am dear Sir
Yours faithfully
Thomas Meynell

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