James Powell’s Evidence to Parliament (Part 4)

James Powell’s Evidence to Parliament (Part 4)
  • Title: James Powell’s Evidence to Parliament (Part 4)

  • Date : 7 June 1830

  • Catalogue number : Parliamentary Archives HL/PO/JO/10/8/913 p.46

  • Description :

    Richard Blakemore petitioned Parliament for the right to be heard by the Opposed Bill Committee on the Bute Ship Canal, but did not give evidence directly.  James Powell, one of the agents at the Melingriffith Works, gave evidence on his behalf.

    As the other evidence found by our group suggested, Richard Blakemore’s concern was relating to the Glamorganshire Canal Company’s use of water from the River Taff which the Melingriffith Works depended on in order to power its machinery.  This is reflected in the evidence of Powell, which discusses the impact lack of water has had on the Works in the past, and how he believes construction of the Bute Canal will affect the Works in the future.

    A transcript of James Powell’s evidence is available.  Please click ‘Transcript’, above. 

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  • Transcript:

    A: I must take the first part of the question first
    Q: It is said that the Glamorganshire Canal must have an increase of trade in consequence of Lord Bute’s Canal being made must any alteration be made in the Glamorganshire Canal to give that benefit
    A: I do not know any
    Q: The inconvenience Mr Blakemore is to sustain is from the Trade of the Canal being increased
    A: Yes
    Q: Suppose the communication was from the Sea to the Town of Cardiff and not communicating with the Glamorganshire Canal and the Glamorganshire Canal was to bring their goods down and deposit them upon a Wharf at Cardiff would not that have just the same effect of injuring the Canal as the making this communication