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Document number: 5530
Date: 04 Nov 1857
Dating: see Doc no 07484
Recipient: SAUNDERS Charles Alexander
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 6th January 2011

[draft:]

Saundrs

I hve recly discred on my estt in ys nbhd an extsve a depos of rch iron ore, ^very similr to that wch has bn fnd at Snd ^6 m. fm hence & as good in all respcts & eqlly extensve

I understd that ye GWR have made a specl ^& favorable contrct wth Messrs Sarl of ye Seend wks to carry their ore into Staffdsh

and that they have also made a contract wth the new Compy calld the GWI Cy at Devzes to carry their ore & coals to & fm Ruabon in N Wales on terms equally favourble to you.

Parties who are negocg wth me fr the workg of my iron flds on a large scale, are vy desirs of knowg wr the GWR Compy are wd be willg to contract / convey the ore of this place to Staffdsh. on ye sm terms

Such an agreemt wth the GWC wd vy greatly facilte an my arrangts wth thm these parties In fact it sms that the sale of ye ore in ye Staffsh Mkt wd be a profitble or unprofe transn accg as sch agreemt for cost of transpt were enterd into or not. So closely do the expenses bear upon the mkt value of ye ore

The qy of the ore to be raisd is large the depth thickness of the deposit bg 25 feet & that over more than 50 acres extendg. It has bn roughly estimd at a milln tons

[expanded version:]

Saunders

I have recently discovered on my estate in your neighbourhood an extensive a deposit of rich iron ore, very similar to that which has been found at at Seend six miles from hence andas good in all respects and equally extensive.

I understand that the Great Western Railway have made a special and favourable contract with Messrs Sarl <1> of the Seend works to carry their ore into Staffordshire and that they have also made a contract with the new Company called the Great Western Iron Company at Devizes to carry their ore & coals to & from Ruabon in N Wales on terms equally favourable to you.

Parties who are negociating with me for the working of my iron fields on a large scale, are very desirous of knowing whether the GWR Company are would be willing to contract convey the ore of this place to Staffordshire on the similar terms.

Such an agreement with the GWC would very greatly facilitate an my arrangements with these them these parties In fact it seems that the sale of the ore in the Staffordshire market would be a profitable or unprofitable transaction according as such agreement for cost of transportation were entered into or not. So closely do the expenses bear upon the market value of the ore.

The quantity of the ore to be raised is large the depth thickness of the deposit being 25 feet and that over more than 50 acres extending. It has been roughly estimated at a million tons.


Notes:

1. William Sarl, Champion Iron Works, Seend.

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