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Document number: 2934
Date: Mon 07 Jul 1834
Dating: confirmed by Western Railway Bill
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: BRUNEL Isambard Kingdom
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA34(MW)-112
Last updated: 30th December 2012

Monday July 7th

My dear Sir

I trust you will excuse my troubling you and asking you whether we may calculate upon your attendance at the committee of the Great Western <1> to day but in consequence of the great exertions which are making by our opponents we are under the necessity of ascertaining exactly our strength in order to govern our arrangements.

The committee meets at twelve as usual – and our convener will finish his speech about one o’clock when the committee will divide – we hope also that it will be convenient to you to remain after the division in order that we may get through the 4 important clauses upon which the bill <2> might otherwise be defeated.

I remain dear Sir Yours very truly
I K Brunel

W. H. F. Talbot Esq M.P.
31 Sackville St


1. The Great Western Railway from London to Bristol.

2. The Parliamentary Bill (the Western Rail-road Bill) for the authorisation of the London–Bristol line was debated in the Commons in March 1834 [see Doc. No: 03060 and Doc. No: 02963], and the Amendments made in committee were passed 22 July, but the bill was defeated in the House of Lords, 25 July 1834. A second bill was successful the following year.

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