This collection of papers, bound as a volume entitled 'Bills of Memoranda, Railway and Canal Traffic Act 1888, THF', relates to the preparation, drafts and discussions that preceded the 1888 Act. Thomas Farrer, as permanent secretary to the Board of Trade, was personally involved in the Act and the manuscript items in the collection are in his hand. His name appears also on a number of the printed items in the collection.
Manuscript miscellany comprising: notes for the preparation of the railway bill, 1885 (MS 345/12); copy correspondence between Farrer and W.P. Price concerning railways topics, such as the inadequacy of services to Gloucester, mileage rates and a court case involving the Broughton and Plas Power Co. Ltd, 1886 (MS 345/18-28); memorandum recalling the history of railway legislation in which he was involved, c.1886 (MS 345/29-30); draft of 'Revision of the railway rates. Clause 24 of the Bill', 1886 (MS 345/31); memorandum entitled 'Necessity for legislation as proposed by the undue preference clause of the bill', 1886 (MS 345/33-34); and copy correspondence between Farrer and H. Oakley of the Great Western Railway discussing, amongst other things, the cost of transporting goods for export, 1886 (MS 345/35-39).
Published miscellany comprising: Railway and Canal Traffic Act, 1888 (MS 345/1, 50); draft railways bill and clauses, 1878-1886 (MS 345/2-6, 9-11, 16-17, 40-49); proceedings of the railway committee of the Board of Trade, 1881 (MS 345/7); memoranda on railway legislation, 1883-1885 (MS 345/8, 13); memorandum on the Denaby case, 1886 (MS 345/14); memorandum on equal mileage rates, (MS 345/15); and memorandum entitled 'Undue preference and equality of railway rates', 1886 (MS 345/32).