ID: 26360
£250.00
The inexpediency and impolicy of granting legislative sanction to the St. Catherine's Dock Bill:

LONDON: ST. KATHERINES DOCK,, The inexpediency and impolicy of granting legislative sanction to the St. Catherine's Dock Bill: respectfully submitted to the consideration of Right Honourable and Honourable Members of both Houses of Parliament. Oxford, printed and sold by Munday and Slatter. 1825.

8vo., 37 + (1), recently well bound in cloth, spine gilt lettered. A fine copy.

First edition.

According to an ink note in a copy at Trinity College, Oxford, the author was "the Revd. W.M. Kinsey BD Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford". This was a powerfully worded paper objecting to the construction of St. Katherine's Dock in the Port of London. the pivotal question to be addressed, suggests the author, was "whether the 'aggregate amount' of accommodation, nor afforded to the trade of the Port of London, by public and private wharfs and warehouses, and by the vast capacity of the great Dock establishments, be, or be not, abundantly adequate to the actual and even the prospective demands of the London Port commerce?" The writer evidently thought the present facilities more than sufficient. The Addenda (pp. 33-36) considers the costs of existing London docks. The final page (37) provides a "list of publications on this subject". The enabling Act of Parliament was passed later in 1825: construction began in May 1827 and the docks were officially opened on 25.10.1828. The scheme had been designed by Thomas Telford.