Great Western Railway.
7 Nov 1857
I have received your Letter of the 4th Instt and have been in communication upon the subject of it, with the Principal Goods Manager of our Line
There will be no difficulty, on the part of this Company, in making an Agreement with the Lessees of your Iron Ore upon the same principles as those which have regulated the Arrangements with Messrs Sarl & Co & the Great Western Smelting Co I ought to mention that the terms for the Conveyance vary, according to a limited Scale, with the Annual Amount of Freight guaranteed over the Line by the Senders. The rate pr Ton gradually diminishes, as the total Annual Freight increases.
Subject to the application of that Rule, all parties are entitled to an Equality on Agreements, cζteris paribus
If you will let me know what is the course & quantity of Traffic with any particulars which may occur to your mind as important, viz where it would come on to the Railway & where it would leave it whether there will be any back Freight in the same Waggons, I will answer more specifically the Questions as to Rates & Conditions; and at any time our Goods Manager will see Parties, interested in the Traffic from your Property
I remain, Dear Sir yours faithfully
Chas A. Saunders
H. Fox Talbot Esq
[added in WHFT's hand:] Saunders
Henry Fox Talbot Esq