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Document number: 5260
Date: 24 May 1845
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: BRUNEL Isambard Kingdom
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA45-47
Last updated: 30th December 2012

May 24th 1845


Dear Sir

I have no idea of course of influencing you in the course you may think it right to take or into which you may have felt yourself driven now by my neglect – I am only anxious that you should believe that I and those for whom I act have been and are desirous of dealing fairly <1> and liberally with you particularly as one to whom they feel under obligations. <2>

If you think and probably you naturally do that you have been neglected and that we are now more anxious than we were to arrange with you I must ask you to make more allowance for the extraordinary press of business which induces me to postpone the consideration of questions until the time arrives for settling them. Such I admit to have been my position for the last six months

Believe me dear Sir yours very truly
I K Brunel


1. Brunel’s line for the Wiltshire, Somerset and Weymouth railway, a branch of the Great Western, ran across WHFT’s land, and Talbot was disputing the amount of compensation offered by the GWR Company.

2. Talbot had been an active supporter of the original Great Western Railway bills, the first of which which passed the Commons in 1834 while he was an MP, but was defeated in the Lords, and the second, which was successful, in 1835. See Doc. No: 03151.

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