Letter from an anonymous individual to the management committee of the Stockton and Darlington railway company

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1828-07-12
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Leonard Raisbeck Archive

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A letter protesting against the bill for the branch railway. It is addressed to the management committee of the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company, but on the reverse side it shows that the letter was posted to Leonard Raisbeck, 18 Princes Street, Hanover Square. This might have been his address whilst staying in London[?]. The objections raised in this letter are similar to those expressed in the handwritten draft letter written by Grimshaw [?]. Attached to the letter is a black seal, en placard, with an image of a hare.

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Identifier:
RAIS/4/3/7
Transcription:
To the Committee of Management of the Stockton & Darlington Railway Company

Gentleman,
The Resolution passed at the last General Meeting of the Company sanctioning a remuneration to the deputation who attended in London during the progress of the Bill for making a Branch Railway to Middlesbro’ in Parl’t appearing to be highly objectionable on several grounds. We in justice to ourselves take leave to signify our dissent to its being acted upon by you. It is a direct departure from the practice observed on all former occasions when applications have been made by the Company to Parliament and is evidently partial. It affords a remuneration to parties who not only caused the opposition which the Company experienced but were also engaged in advocating & promoting their own o private interests. It seems unjustifiable likewise in as much as it authorizes an appropriation of the Company fund to the payment of more gratuities whilst the [illegible] of many just obligations of long standing & recognized by orders of General Meetings is postponed. We have other reasons of importance for our dissent but we trust the above

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will be deemed sufficient to induce you to withhold your compliance with the resolution in question. We take leave also to request you will have the goodness to direct the proper Clerk of the Company to be prepared to exhibit to the next General Meeting a Statem’t of all specific items of expenditure relative to the above Bill made up to the period at which such meeting may take place.

12 July 1828 We are Gentlemen
Y’r most Ob’t Sern’t

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