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This is an extract from Joseph Ramsden's evidence to the Opposed Bill Committee on the South Eastern Railway. A local fruit salesman and egg agent, he talks of the great contribution he believes that the area of Kent served by the railway could make to the supply of fruit in London.
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Q: If you had had the opportunity of forwarding the Cargoes by railway the damage to the freight would not have occurred?
A: Certianly but the land carriage is so excessively heavy from there that it would be a total ruination of the thing by land carriage.
Q: That was a very large apple year in Kent in consequence of which you wanted less foreign fruit do you think the County of Kent would contribute a great deal to the supply of the London Market with apples more than it does if it had the opportunity of sending it...
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