[ Thames and Medway Canal Company, London. ] Twelve items, printed and manuscript, including reports by Thomas Telford and William Tierney Clark, an engraved map, items about 'commuting and clearing the whole incumbrance of debt on the undertaking'.

Thames and Medway Canal Company, London [ Thomas Telford; William Tierney Clark; John Moxon; William Scudamore; Edmund Collier; Sir John Edward Harington of Ridlington ]
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[ Thames & Medway Canal Office, No. 35, Great Winchester Street, London. ] Moxon's letter from 69 Old Broad Street, 19 May 1831. The other ten items from between 1821 and 1831.
SKU: 19636

Eleven of the twelve items in good condition, lightly aged; the twelfth (Item Two below) with several long closed tears. ONE: Printed circular headed 'Thames & Medway Company'. 3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. 'Committee's Report' by 'Wm. Scudamore, | Clerk', following 'the Annual General Assembly of the Company of Proprietors', 6 June 1821. Including 'Engineer's Report' of the same date by 'Wm. Tierney Clerk'. Docketed by Harington. TWO: Printed circular headed 'Thames and Medway Canal.' 3pp., folio. Bifolium. 'Abstract of Reports and Resolutions' by 'William Scudamore, | Clerk., following 'a Special Assembly of the Company of Proprietors', 19 February 1823. Includes a report by 'William Tierney Clark, | Engineer', 19 February 1823, headed 'Of Report of Mr. Clark'; and long report of Thomas Telford to William Holden, 28 December 1822, in 57 lines of small type, headed 'Of Mr. Telford's Report', beginning 'In consequence of your Instructions dated 6th of December instant, I proceeded to Rochester on the 13th, where I met the Company's Engineer Mr. Clark, and with him examined Plans, Sections, Specifications, Estimates, and Contracts. On the 14th, I, along with him, the Contractors, and resident Inspectors, examined the whole of the Tunnel and other Works, and received explanations of the nature of the Chalk and other matters connected with the Works. | On the 16th (the 15th being a Sunday) I proceeded, with the aid of an Assistant of my own, to measure and take in account of the state of the Tunnel Works as they were found upon that day; the two following days were employed in laying down a rough Draft from the dimensions I had taken, and comparing it with the Works performed, and in examining the Works from the Western end of the Tunnel to the termination of the Canal in the Thames at Gravesend'. There follow four lengthy recommendations and an 'Estimate'. Addressed on reverse of second leaf 'for John Edwd. Harington Bart. | Berkeley Square' and docketed by him. THREE: Printed circular letter by 'H. Drury', undated and addressed from 'Maidstone, | Thames and Medway Canal Wharf.' 2pp., 8vo. Bifolium. The letter is on the recto of the second leaf; the recto of the first bearing a coloured map ('J. Cross sculpt. 18 Holborn.') of 'Thames and Medway Canal from Gravesend to Rochester, (Seven Miles) thereby avoiding a circuitous Navigation of about 46 Miles.' In manuscript (presumably by Harington) the river has been projected beyond the borders of the map, and four towns added. FOUR: Autograph Note Signed from John Moxon to Harington, also signed by 'Geo: Palmer'. 69 Old Broad Street; 9 June 1827. 1p., 4to. Requesting his attendance at a meeting. FIVE: Autograph Letter Signed to Harington from 'Wm. Chisholme, 36 Lincoln's Inn Fields; 22 June 1827. Regarding 'a proper Document to be given to parties depositing notes' with 'Mr. G. Palmer and Mr. J. Moxon', which he has drawn up. SIX: ALS from 'J. Moxon' to Sir J. E. Harington. 2pp., 4to. On bifolium. Addressed, with three postmarks, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Sir John E. Harington Bart. | Berkeley Square'. Docketed on same page: 'Thames & Medway | Loans | to be kept by trustees. | refers to the Notes'. Thirty-eight lines, closely written. He begins with regard to Harington's 'Thames & Medway Loan Notes', observing that they have 'been for so long a time out of your custody & remembrance that it has probably escaped your memory that they are too numerous & bulky to transmit by the post'. He turns to 'the Judgments obtained by our friends', which he considers 'of importance certainly to the tranquil conduct of the Canal business, but of none whatever to us individually in a pecuniary sense (either individually or collectively) only so far as they protect the Canal itself'. He continues with reference to 'hostile parties', and considers the 'true course to adopt' to be 'to favor the quiet working of the concern, & to leave the Canal under the protection of the Judgments to go on as before'. The letter concludes with reference to 'the absolute ruin which must have resulted from successful hostility'. SEVEN: Circular of letter from 'E. Collier, Clerk', Thames & Medway Canal Office, No. 35, Great Winchester Street, London, 7 May 1831. By 'Batchelar, Printer, Hackney Road.' 2pp., 8vo. Bifolium. Addressed to Harington on reverse of second leaf, and docketed by him 'Loan Notes | Wrote to Mr Moxon Monday 16 or 17 May /31 for Loan Notes'. The letter covers the first page, and the second page carries 'Receipts and Expenditure of the Thames and Medway Canal Company, from the 2d of June, 1830, to the 23d of April, 1831.' The letter begins: 'I am directed by the Committee of the the Thames and Medway Canal to transmit to you, as a holder of Shares or of Loan Notes, the enclosed Extracts from the Report made to the Special Assembly held on the 3d Instant; and to draw your attention particularly to that portion of the Report which contains provisions, under which it seems expedient, and in the view of the Committee absolutely necessary, that the whole debt, without excepting a single note, should be funded and exchanged into shares, on terms which cannot injure the interests of either species of security.' EIGHT: Circular of letter from 'A HOLDER OF LOAN NOTES | Of every creation, to an amount exceeding £5000', dated from London, 18 May 1831. By 'Taylor, Printer, 39, Coleman Street.' 3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In small type. Addressed, wtih three postmarks, to Harington on reverse of secon page, and docketed by him 'Loan Notes'. Putting forward the view that 'indifference or obstinacy will convert your stake in this security into an irrecoverable debt sooner than you imagine, but that you have the power in your own hands of aiding the Canal in what I trust is a course of improvement, if you will pay some present attention to your own interest'. No other copy traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. NINE: Circular, signed in type by 'J. MOXON, CHAIRMAN', headed 'Thames and Medway Canal. | At a Special General Assembly of the Company of Proprietors, holden at the George and Vulture Tavern, St. Michael's Alley, Cornhill, London, on Tuesday, the Third day of May, 1831; convened for the purpose of considering a plan lately submitted to the Committee of Works for commuting and clearing the whole incumbrance of debt on the undertaking; the following Report and Statements of Account were read: viz - | [...]'. 4pp., 8vo. In small print. TEN: Circular by 'Edmund Moxon, | By order of the Committee of Works of the Thames and Medway Canal Company'. Dated from the company's office, 30 July 1831. 2pp., 8vo. Bifolium. Addressed to Harington with three postmarks. Letter in small print on first page, regarding 'The adjourned General Assembly of Share and Note Holders', which took place on 20 July. The resolution of the meeting is that 'the Committee should [...] be authorized to propose to the Holders of Loan Notes to raise by Subscription, among themselves, a Loan of Money not exceeding £8000'. It is an 'alarming fact that the Capital and Interest of their Loan Notes will be speedily extinguished altogether as a property, if means are not found to raise the funds required to pay off claims now outstanding against the Company', and 'this is the last appeal which we shall have the power of making'. ELEVEN and TWELVE: Two manuscript financial memoranda in the same hand, one (1p., 4to) docketed by Harington: 'Thames Medway Debt | Recd from Mr. Moxon 12 Jany 27' and the other apparently giving details of promisory notes from 1821 and 1822. From the papers of the Harington baronets of Ridlington.