Thu 12 Sep 1776
Benjamin Grazebrook had seen stone from Hanham Lock on the Bristol Avon which would suit better – so contracted for a sample of 20 or 30 tons at 5s a ton.
Mr Grazebrook to aquaint Mr King that Lord Middleton will be accommodated with a bridge of communication on his land. Mr Lingard to help identify a suitable place.
100 cutters employed in cutting the canal.
Mr Bough need 600 ft of stone for trunks. Mr Bough to go to Hanham to order stone.
John Pashley ordered to make lock gates to spring but one fourth in the cill.
At a Meeting of the Committee held by Adjournment at the George Inn in Stroud on Thursday the 12^th Day of September 1776
Present: Joseph Wathen, Benjamin Grazebrook, Robert Ellis, Thomas White, Durley Wintle, John Hollings.
Read the Minutes of the Last Meeting.
M^r Grazebrook Reported that in pursuance of an Order from a number of the Committee, he had been at Bristol and also at Hanham Lock upon the River Avon and made particular enquiry in regard to the Stone Quarry and found that the said Stone will answer our prupose. ~~ That he had Contracted for about 20 or 30 Ton by way of Specimen, to be delivered into our Canal at the Rate of five Shillings per Ton weight ~~ and that if the Stone should be approved, the Owner of said Quarry will engage to deliver at least 200 Ton per week at 3/6 per Ton if it be taken as it rises from the Quarry.
Ordered That M^r B: Grazebrook and M^r Lingard do take a View of a proper place to erect a Bridge of communication upon Lord Middleton's Land, and make a Report at the next Meeting, and that M^r Grazebrook do acquaint M^r King that Lord Middleton shall be accommadated with a Bridge of communication upon his Lands.
Ordered That the General Meeting of the Proprietors be advertised in the Glocester Journal on Monday the 16^th Instant, to be held at the George Inn in Stroud on Thursday the 3^d Day of October next at eleven of the Clock in the forenoon.
M^r Lingard attended the Committee and reported that there are very near 100 Cutters at this time employed in the work.
M^r Bough reported that there is an imediate want of proper Stone for the Trunks, to the amount of about 600 foot superficial.
Ordered that M^r Bough do go on Saturday next to Hanham Quarry to see the Stone, and to give the necessary orders to have proper Stone raised and sent per the first opportunity.
Ordered that a Bill be drawn on the Treasurer for the Sum of £300 for the use of the Navigation.
Ordered that M^r Lingard do give directions to John Pashley to make the Lock Gates to Spring but one fourth in the Sill.
Adjourn'd this Meeting to Thursday the 26^th Instant at four of the Clock in the afternoon at the George Inn in Stroud.