Letters written by Percy G Snape between February 1919 and March 1922
Sorry, members of the Committee could not attend Mr W Howard Humphrey's lecture but should be grateful for a report on it.
Your application was conside4red by the Committee. Call in and see me.
Are you going to continue the licensing of the fishing in the canal.
Your letter of the 18th is acknowledged. I've had no reply to my letter of the 8 October last.
Thank you for the Report of the address by W Howard Humphreys. I am bringing the matter before my Committee.
Mr Smart's barge The Perseverance is laid up. P Evans & Sons inconvenienced having their coal delivered by rail. Can you find them another carrier. The last Captain of the barge is now working for Mr Smith of Rodborough.
As Charles Stevens has left the Army, and as he was promised by the Committee, and you were made aware of at the time, he is to return to his job as Lock-keeper at Dudbridge, Please relinquish the job and the house by a date in March. Perhaps you can change houses with Stevens.
Please reply to my letter of 19 March.
Your letter of the 7th will be brought before the Committee at the next meeting on the 19 March.
Your letter of the 10th will be placed before the Committee at their next meeting on the 19 March.
Mr Smart's The Trial, his other boat trading to Messrs Evans & Sons, is tied up and thus the coal is coming by rail. Can you find a boat for Messrs Wards who would do this work but have no boat available.
Thanks for yours of the 14th re Private Pockett who has settled down at the Lock House, Framilode.
The Inspector of Weighbridges has inspected and is prepared to let us use the weighbridge at Dudbridge but it does need repairing.
All through traffic 1917/18
Particulars of wages paid to Private Pockett who is being transferred to the Midland Area. Please send in a statement re clerical expenses. Regarding clerical expense on the T&S Canal - rest of letter illegible.
Pleased to meet you on Thursday.
Future communications regarding 65823 Private Pockett are to be sent to you.
You are being transferred; Captain Guyton will be here tomorrow to inspect your kit and equipment
I will arrange for Private Pockett to be here on Wednesday as desired.
Precise details of the types of boats and their measurements on the Stroud Water Navigation and the T&S Canal including suggestion to contact W M Gardiner of the Bourne, Brimscombe for exact measurements and Messrs Butler & Co of Gloucester about their motor barge.
As no meeting took place on the 19 March, your letter has been held over to next Committee meeting on the 23 April.
As no meeting took place on the 19 March, your letter has been held over to next Committee meeting on the 23 April.
The Committee are prepared to continue your Board's tenancy - as per details set out, and to keep the canal weeded and mown.
Re Private Pockett and reasons why his special knowledge and experience should mean he is released speedily from the Army.
Little & Bloxam, the Company's solicitors, will undertake the legal requirements re 15 shares nos. 3, 13, 31-35, 38, 54, 55, 67, 74, 83, 148 and 196 in the name of Mr Edmund Broderip; probate of the Will will be required.
Enclosed are form no 4 and statement of accounts for half years ended 30 Sep 1918 and 30 May 1919.
The Committee cannot decrease the annual charge for the lease to use a canoe on the Ebley Pound.
I need information re Private Pockett to report to my Committee at their next meeting.
I should like a reply to my letter of the 24 April.
Enclosed printed notice re Stroud Electric Supply Co Ltd., and John Stallard's reply re right of fishing in the canal.
I have asked Private Pockett for the required information. The Committee suggest an application to the War Office should be made on the suggested grounds.
The required information received by telephone from Private Pockett set out.
Further information and letter from Rector of Framilode enclosed re Private Pockett.
Information about boatmen owning their animals, that he will ask W T Andrews of Saul to contact Rowley Regis, and that he will communicate with Messrs J Rice & Sons of Gloucester. Also a P.S.
Suggest they write to W M Gardiner of the Bourne, Brimscombe; particulars of tolls enclosed.
Particulars enclosed as asked for in letter of 9th instant.
Please write to Rowley Regis Granite Quarries Ltd, address given, re haulage of their boats on the canal. P.S. about purchasing a mule and turning it out at The Junction.
Messrs Dickinson & Cox's lease expired 29 Sept 1920. Details re cleaning the wash-house.
Particulars of the proposed stone traffic required; also how many boats per week..
Particulars set out of the Rowley Regis stone to be sent to various wharves; have you come to any arrangement with them?
Have you been able to come to an arrangement with Mr Andrews?
Acknowledgement of their letter. Thank you for your kindness in this matter.
Details of post card received from Mr Andrews for hauling their boats from their wharf to Stroud and Dudbridge.
Following your telephone call, documents enclosed re Private Pockett.
Copy of letter of 31 May from Canal Control Committee and Private Pocket's Railway Warrant sent to Capt Davis.
Could you perhaps go back to the Rowley Co as your existing offer would mean increasing the price of their stone.
Pleased that arrangements made for dealing by canal; perhaps if approached again, Mr Andrews may go further into the matter of haulage.
Notice under required section re stoppage on the canal.
Your letter will be placed before the Committee at their next meeting
re placing of the canal under control. Enclosed half year balance sheets from 1912 to 1919; also details set out of canal, and staff; also difficulties in stone and coal trades.
Copy of Minutes passed at Committee Meeting on 18 June allowing permission to use the canal as per set out details.
Repairs referred to in Notice are completed.
Committee are considering the suggestion made in your letter of the 19 June.
Enclosures to be given to Mr Preston re keeping open the canal. Committee sending a representative to Gloucester tomorrow but would like to meet Mr Preston later to discuss matter fully.
Formal application made for Canal to be taken over by Canal Control Committee, plus reasons why including wage demand from Dock, Wharf, Riverside & General Workers Union of Great Britain.
Cheque enclosed in settlement of the premium.
Copy of my letter to you of 2nd as I fear the letter may not have reached you.
Thank you for your letter of the 10th.
Thank you for copy agreement, which the Company will enter into if sanction given.
Enclosed letter received from the Canal Control Committee, plus my reply. Our pay day next Friday.
Letter enclosed from Messrs Bowater Ltd of Birmingham.
re your letter and enclosures: with instructions re Workmen's wages; Mr Little will talk to Mr Bloxam re clause 12 of the draft Agreement; comments from Mr Bloxam. Your key of the cash box will be required.
Continuation of letter no. 49.
Workmen's Compensation Insurance - Statement of salaries to be paid for year ended June 1919.
Canal needs weeding and mowing - would the Company be justified in doing this - details of labour costs given.
Although you are not able to give instructions at this time, we would point out that under the Act we are bound to maintain the waterway in a navigable condition, including weeding and mowing.
Cash Statement enclosed; £3.19.6 in hand. Accident at Pike Lock at Eastington preventing movement short-term. Local Coal Controller away: when does the coal have to be discharged. Plus a P.S.
Cash statement attached to letter no. 53.
You used my man, but paid him less than he would have earned on the canal; as he is a very good worker perhaps you will forward the extra money for me to hand over to him..
The condition as to compensation payable from the 1st September next is accepted. They thought that control would date from 31 March last and trust that the cost of the increased maintenance expenses will be taken in consideration.
Please pay our wharfinger direct for the work he carried out for you.
I note the Agreement is in hand. The expenses account is receiving my attention.
We consider that the Company is not liable for tithe at the Canal Wharf at Whitminster.
Two copies of Form of Agreement received from Canal Control Committee, One copy enclosed.
Next Committee meeting on the 17th, should the Agreement be sealed before that?
Account of payments referred to in letter of the 26 August enclosed. then reasons given for the Committee making the application.
An account of workmen's wages and extra workmen's paid from 6 July to 30 August 1919.
Receipt acknowledged of your letter of the 5th, and signed Agreements enclosed.
Should the date the books are closed be the 31st August or the 11 September?
Corp L Pockett to report at Horfield on 24th for demobilisation. There is work for him at Framilode this week. Thank you for your help in this matter.
Notification given of two people, Mr John Margetson of Stroud and Mr P J Evans of Bussage, who the Committee have nominated to the proposed panel to assist the Minister of Transport in matters affecting canals.
As the Books are about to be balanced, please reply to my letter of 20th.
Your letter of the 26th is receiving my best attention.
Acknowledgement of your letter. The rest is illegible.
Thank you for your letter of yesterday's date.
Thank you for your letter of yesterday's date with enclosures.
Acknowledgement of receipt of letter of the 8th,
As no men are available to attend to your Notice re Privy on the canal wharf at Dudbridge, can you assist in this matter?
Tonnage figures given per month from January to August 1919 plus number of staff. Such information to be given monthly in future. Tonnage figures given for the years 1913 to 1919 inclusive.
Receipt acknowledged of Agreement signed by Sir William Marwood.
Receipt acknowledged of Dividend Request form.
Although we were waiting for completion of all the work for the removal of the debris of the garden boundary wall which fell into the canal near Lodgemore Bridge, we feel we should account for the cost of the work carried out to date as the canal is now under Control.
My committee is meeting tomorrow, may I hear from you about the Agreement for Cable over the bridge at Dudbridge.
Notice of Stoppage enclosed and given under Section 30 (31) of the Railway and Canal Traffic Act 1888.
The Committee considered your letter of 17 inst. I am to find out what other canals are paying in similar cases.
My committee has received the enclosed letter and has instructed me to find out how the Authorities of other canals, such as yours, are acting as to wages paid to workmen employed on their canal.
The period of Notification in the letter of the 10 October handed to you on that day, re your services being no longer required by this Company, expires today. You must vacate the Lockhouse at Dudbridge.
Re your telegram not received until today - the remainder of the letter is not clear but ends with the words 'at Eastington'.
Dimensions of the locks and Junction to Dudbridge; Framilode; and on the Thames & Severn, and the depth of water.
Please complete and return the Stroudwater Canal form enclosed with my letter of the 21st for registration.
Thank you for your letter and remarks re the Canal Control Committee.
Enclosed is the agreement signed by L Pockett re his duties at Framilode.
The repairs referred to in the Notice dated 20 October 1919 are completed.
The increase of 5s per man is thought reasonable by my Committee, but they would like to hear from you before reporting to the Canal Control Committee, as they think there should some finality in the matter.
In order to extend our telephone we understand we should make an application to you. One socket and two plugs required.
The value of shares from the last sale in July 1919 is £20.
Figures for September 1919 re tonnage and numbers of office staff; are figures for workmen required?
Acknowledgement of receipt of letter from L Pockett.
Information on what the rent for Posting Stations at Wallbridge and Dudbridge will be from the 25 December 1919.
Acknowledgement of receipt of letter enclosing Agreement with Messrs Edwards and Armstrong re cable at Dudbridge.
Figures for number of workmen employed from January to September.
My committee has received the enclosed letter and has instructed me to find out how the Authorities of other canals, such as yours, are acting as to wages paid to specified types of workmen employed on their canal.
The Committee think an increase of 5s reasonable; if not agreeable to your Committee the matter should go to the Canal Control Committee
Signed Agreement with Messrs Edwards and Armstong enclosed.
Our Committee think an increase of 5s per week for men in the Dockers' Union employed by this Company is suitable. Do we have your sanction to this.
The boats are in fair working condition. Mr J Smart is waiting to get into the Bourne Dock which is suitable for barges. One boat in dock - owner Mr H Timbrell of Paganhill.
Information on amounts paid to the Company's workmen's roles.
Acknowledgement of letter confirming from the 17 October an increase of 5s per week for certain roles and 10s per week from the 19 September for Tidesman Pockett.
Enclosed Monthly Statement for November. A payment on account of the subsidy would be greatly appreciated.
Acknowledgement and thanks for granting the Civil Service War Bonus to Mr Humphries and Mr Snape from 1 September last when Canal was taken under Control.
A further letter of thanks re Civil Service War Bonus.
Mr Fredericks will be sending you an account for mooring, re your tow boat on the canal at Framilode. Mr L Pockett will call to see you on the matter.
Acknowledgement of circular letter re grading of indoor clerical establishment
Figures of tonnage and staff and workmen for December 1919
Copy of your letter of 3rd instant signed by me on behalf of the Company enclosed.
Slip at Eastington: the retaining wall has given way and is a matter for the County Council. Has the debris been removed from the ditch?
Your letter will be put to the Committee on the 17th instant.
Acknowledgment of letter and enclosures re C Broderip deceased.
Please communicate with Little & Bloxam, the Company's solicitors.