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GREAT EASTERN & WESTKRN RAILWAY. [ The following was unavoidably omitted last week.] In our last number we stated that the plans, &c., of this Company had not been deposited with the Clerk of the Peace for this County until Monday, Dec. 1st—a day later than the time named iu the standing orders of the Houses of Parliament; since which we have seen in the Morning Herald a letter signed by H. G. WARD, Chairman," and addressed to the Proprietors of the Great Eastern and Western, and the Worcester, War- wick, and Rugby Companies," which letter is said to contain "the most conclusive proofs that the failure in the deposit of their parliamentary plans and sections can- not justly be ascribed" to the acting committee. The following extract from the letter will enable our readers to judge for themselves — "The orders for the survey of the Great Eastern and Western Line. between Swansea and Worcester, were given on the 25th of July, and on the 28th of July Mr. Gravatt received a cheque for JE600, to enable him to commence his operations. The Worcester, Warwick, and Rugby survey was not ordered until the 22nd September, that company having been formed later, but Mr. Gravatt expressed the most perfect confidence as to its completion in proper time and he has received from the two companies, upon account, the sum of £ 7600, every application for mouey having been met on the first board day after it was trans- mitted to the secretary. On the 31st of August Mr. Gravatt made a written report to the chairman at Worcester, as to the character and gradients of the line between Merthyr and Aberga- venny; and at every subsequent interview with Mr. Ward, Mr. Lea, or any other member of the board, he represented his progress as most satisfactory nor was there anything to warrant a suspicion as to the backward- ness of the survey until the attention of the committee was called to it by the complaints of Messrs. Jones and Causton, and Mr. Striker, the lithographer, who stated that, up to the 8th of November, so small a portion 01 the plans or sections had been transmitted to them, that unless they were better supplied they could not undertake to fulfil their contract. 1 hese complaints were communicated to Mr. Gravatt, at Worcester, by special messenger, accompanied by a most urgent letter from the chairman, which will be laid before the shareholders and in his reply, (dated Nov. 1},) he sap;—' Messrs. Jones and Causton have been 1 extremely well provided with plans, and have really r.o- thing to complain of.' "This was the first intimation received by the commit- tee that, there was, or could be, the slightest ground lor apprehension as to the result of their labours; awl Upon inquiry, they found that Mr. Gravatt's statements as to his own portion of the work were as inaccurate as his language respecting Messrs. Jones and Causton was un- justifiable. The most admirable exertions were also made by Mr. Straker, and Messrs. Jones and Causton, under the personal superintendence of thechairm in and other mem- bers of the committee, to execute the mass of work thrown upon them during the last four days by Mr. Gra- vatt. The proofs were sent down by special messenger, twice in every twenty-four hours, to Worcester, and the last portion of the plans having been forwarded at 11, a.m., on Saturday, the 29th, by special train to Birming- ham, the committee lelt satisfied that their duty to the proprietors was done, and that in spite of great and un- merited difficulties, nothing could prevent the deposit of their plans before midnight on Sunday. Of what followed they speak with pain and caution, as the matter must become the subject of legal inquiry. They will not suppose, for one moment, that a man in Mr. Gravatt's position can have been induced by corrupt motives to destroyan undertaking of which, after the resignation of Mr. Griffin, their assistant engineer, he had assumed the side responsibility; but had this been the case,'be could not have earriedouthiadesignwith more method and pertinacity. In every instance—upon the most frivolous pretences —by the most disgraceful confusion and disorder in his office, and the dogged delay of everything that depended upon his personal superintendence—the delivery of the plans to the gentlemen charged with the different deposits was retarded until their departure from Worcester lite- rally became an attempt to accomplish a physical impos- sibility. Thus, Mrs. Elmslie and Mr. Bowden, who had charge of the deposit? for Brecon and Cardiff (the one 70, the other 88 miles from Worcester,) were not enabled to leave Mr. Gravatt's door until half-past five, p.m., on Sunday, and it was, of course, from one to four hours after mil- night before they reached their destinations. The depo- sits for Hereford were not placed in the hands of Mr. Gwillim until a few minutes before eleven, p.m., and did not arrive until three, a.m., on the Monday. Mr. Field (of Leamington) was delayed until, with the utmost ex- ertions, it became impossible for him to reach Stratford- on-Avon until thirteen minutes past twelve o'clock, when the clerk of the peace, although he received the plans, refused to give any certificate of their delivery. All these gentlemen, of high professional standing in their respec- tive districts, are prepared to prove these facts in a court of justice, if necessary, and have but one opinion as to the cause of their failure. The deposits for the Board of Trade were even more scandalously mismanaged. When the maps required by the standing orders were delivered to Mr. Hughes, the secretary of the company, he very properly insisted upon examining them, and found that although the Worcester, Warwick, and Rugby line was complete, not one yard of the Great Eastern and Western line was laid down upon the map appropriated to it. It took so much time to remedy this and other omissions that it was half-past eight p.m. on Sunday before Mr. Hughes quitted Wor- cester, and half-past one before he reached Whitehall, even with the help of a special train from Birmingham. The Acting Committee cannot hold out any hope to the shareholders that these repeated failures can be passed over in standing orders, and they do not conse- quently recommend them to incur a fruitless expenditure by attempting it. On the other hand they do recommend that Mr. Gravatt should be made responsible for a failure which has been caused, to use the mildest term, by a most disgraceful accumulation of blunders. It is an acknowledged principle that a professional man is an- swerable for the injuries inflicted by gross neglect or scandalous incapacity, upon his clients and the com- mittee are advised that Mr. Gravatt may be made to refund every shilling which he has so wantonly squan- dered, ——


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