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Document number: 5204
Date: 06 Mar 1845
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: SAUNDERS Charles Alexander
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA45-030
Last updated: 1st September 2003

Great Western Railway.

London Terminus.


6 March 1845

Dear Sir,

I had the pleasure of receiving your Letter yesterday, and I lost no time in endeavoring <sic> to ascertain how so great an Error could have been made in quoting the price, whh was originally paid by the Great Western Co for Lord Methuens Land at Corsham, as I was positive that no such Sum as £400 pr Acre had ever been paid for passing thro’ Agricultural Land –

It turns out, I believe, that Lord Methuen had some building Ground in the City of Bristol itself, immediately adjoining our Station, for which £400 p acre <sic> was paid. Hence the Mistake! & you will, I am convinced readily admit that the Circumstances are entirely dissimilar –

I can truly say that the recollection of former favors, while our Bill was before Parliament, & of which the Directors are quite mindful, will induce them, as far as they can, to promote an amicable Settlement with you – It will be their wish to pay you the fair & full price of your Land & Severance Injury – & I do not think you would wish more. We are in communication with Mr Bailey on behalf of Lord Methuen, but I think it must end in a reference to two Surveyors & their Umpire –

I wish therefore to urge upon you the same Course – You will obtain without Expence <sic> & trouble a liberal Sum for the Land & Injury. I know no better course to ensure it to you –

I remain, Dear Sir

Yours very faithfully

Chas A Saunders

Henry Fox Talbot Esq

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