Minutes Thu 3 Feb 1785

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Thu 3 Feb 1785


General Meeting. 3s 6d per ton for tonnage and wharfage of all coals, goods, wares and merchandise brought up Stroudwater canal to Wallbridge and not go into Thames & Severn canal. All bounties given at Wallbridge to cease.
Samuel Harris, master of a barge, owner John James, defrauded of tonnage of £6 10s of copper slaggs delivered at Bristol Road. Penalty of £13. £8 returned to owner, not privy to such cheat.
Rev John Pettat, vicar of Stonehouse, complained of water flowing from canal into graves in churchyard. Mr White complained of water lying on land in orchard adjoining churchyard. Drain to empty into the culvert.

Verbatim text

At a General Meeting of the Proprietors of the Stroudwater Navigation held by special appointment (in pursuance of an advertizment in the Glocester Journal) at the George Inn at Stroud on Thursday the 3^d of February 1785
Ordered that the Committee be empowered and they are hereby Authorised to make such use of the Companys Seal as it or may be requisite and necessary in the cause now depending in the Exchequer between the Company and M^r Knight.
Resolved that three Shillings and Six pence per Ton be taken for the Tonnage and Wharfage of all Coals, Goods, Ware and Merchandize whatsoever which shall be brought up the Stroudwater Canal to Walbridge and not go on to the Thames & Severn Canal, or which may go down the Stroud Canal from Walbridge. And that the Rates of Tonnage for all Coals Goods Wares and Merchandize passing on to the Thames & Severn Canal or coming from thence be taken in consequence conformable to the Act of Parliament.
Resolved that all former Orders respecting the Rates of Tonnage taken on the Stroudwater Canal, and likewise all Bountys allowed to be given at Walbridge do from this time cease & determine.
Our Clerk Reported that he has detected Samuel Harris who goes Master of a Barge of Owner John James in a defraud of his Tonnage of 6^Ton 10^Cwt of Copper Slaggs delivered at Bristol Road, in consequence he has incurr'd a Penalty of thirteen pounds agreeable to the Act of Parliament, which sum he has paid, but as it appears that the Owner himself was not privy to such cheat, and that it was done through the collusion of his Men, Ordered that our Clerk do return him Eight pounds of the said penalty, and the remaining five pounds be placed to the General Tonnage Account.
Complaint having been frequently made by the Rev^d M^r John Pettat Vicar of Stonehouse, of the water flowing from the Canal into the Graves in Stonehouse Church Yard, and likewise from M^r White, of water lying on the Land in the Orchard adjoining the said Church Yard, Ordered that a Drain be made (to empty itself into the Culvert) for the purpose of Draining the said Orchard and Church Yard.

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